College football is over and a hearty congratulations to the Clemson Tigers on winning the trophy this year, taking down the evil empire, with what can only be described as “One hell of a game.” At this point all players have officially declared themselves eligible and entering the NFL draft or returning to college in an attempt to improve their draft stock for next year (careful Georgia RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel). Expect some movement in the order from now, to the NFL draft and especially into preseason as players move up and down the depth charts and injuries happen.
This week we are going to take a closer look at the Running Back class that could produce the next Ezekiel Elliot, Jordan Howard and Derek Henry. The top three RBs coming out this year can be interchanged with ease but my current rankings are as follows: Dalvin Cook/FSU, Leonard Fournette/LSU, Christian McCaffery/Stanford. We will dive into those guys once they are drafted so for now let’s dig a little deeper into some guys you may not know much about but could still make an impact for your dynasty team for years to come.
D’Onta Foreman 6’2 215 lbs. Texas Longhorns:
Played in 28 games with 20 career TDs and 2782 yards, finished with 13 consecutive 100 yard rushing games. Foreman showed he could handle the load with more than 300 carries this year and if it matters to you, snubbed by the Heisman Committee even though he was the 2016 Doak Walker Award winner (top running back in college) just ahead of Leonard Fournette.
Wayne Gallman 6’0 210 lbs. Clemson Tigers:
Maybe one of the more complete backs that will be drafted on day 2. A physical back that’s not afraid to use the truck stick running off tackle. Always seeming to be overshadowed by the Tigers QB DeShaun Watson, Gallman showed up during the National Title game finishing with 87 total yards with 1 TD and the most important stat a W.
Samaje Perine 5’10 235 lbs. Oklahoma Sooners:
Somehow over looked on his own team, maybe recently due to the Joe Mixon incident but all that Perine did is rush for 86 yards in the Sugar Bowl and become the University of Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher in only 3 years. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards each year with a 6.0 YPC average.
Kareem Hunt 6’0 225 lbs. Toledo Rocket:
I know it’s a small school, the same level of competition is lower than the others on this list but he is a “stakeout” worthy (must keep an eye on him.) A 7.3 YPC average is nice and so is the 15 out of 22 games started that he eclipsed the 100 yards mark. He also reeled in 39 catches in 12 games as a senior, potential 3 down back that will probably be drafted on day 3.
Jalen Hurd 6’4 240 lbs. Tennessee Volunteers:
Great hands and deceptive speed, maybe some maturity issues but has a little bit of a CJ Prosise feel to me. Just want to find ways to get the ball in this guy’s hands and with his size-speed combo gives OCs variety of ways to get him on the field.
Wide Receivers will be coming in a future article. If you don’t play in a dynasty fantasy football league, I beg of you to join one before this next season comes around. If you do play in dynasty leagues then you are well aware that it never stops. I joined two dynasty leagues last year for the first time, both leagues are in mid-season form with many trades and new components of the league being voted on as we speak.
Felt like your team’s running back should have been mentioned? Come find me and we can discuss. Cheers!
Written by: Jason Soukup – Twitter: FL2drinkminimum or more likely to be found on The Fantasy Life app @2drinkminimum in the Clock Dodgers chat.