Will rookie running backs do it again?
Five rookies finished among the top 24 RBs in Fantasy Football last year. The 2014 crop could deliver too, assuming the running backs land in the right situations.
While rookie wideouts often get overdrafted in Fantasy leagues, rookie running backs can deliver great value. Eddie Lacy finished as the No. 6 Fantasy back last year, Le'Veon Bell placed 14th, Giovani Bernard 16th, Zac Stacy 18th and Andre Ellington 24th in standard leagues.
Rookies filled five of the top 24 spots.
So who'll come through this year? Early drafters on myfantasyleague.com are taking seven rookies among the top 50 RBs.
The situations they land in will help establish their Fantasy value. Here's a look at those seven rookies and where Fantasy owners are drafting them:
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, 26th RB: The 6-foot, 230-pounder is a powerful north-south runner who averaged 7.3 yards per carry while becoming Urban Meyer's first 1,000-yard rusher. If he lands in Tennessee, he could make Shonn Greene an afterthought. Hyde recently met with the Falcons.
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 31st RB: The 5-9, 207-pound workhorse piled up 349 carries despite being suspended for the 2013 opener and not starting the second game. He rushed for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns over his last two seasons, excelling after contact. Steven Jackson's value would take a hit if the Falcons draft Carey. Tennessee is another possibility.
Tre Mason, Auburn, 38th RB: The 5-8, 207-pounder ripped Missouri for 304 yards and four touchdowns in last year's SEC Championship Game. He has been linked to Baltimore and Oakland. Mason would provide insurance for Ray Rice, who's coming off a career-worst year and has pending legal issues. However, news just broke that Mason might need a procedure on his wrist.
Bishop Sankey, Washington, 42nd RB: The 5-9, 209-pounder opened eyes at the Combine and has soft hands. The Pac-12's leading rusher caught 28 passes for 304 yards (10.9 ave.) and one touchdown last season. He could complement the Giants' Rashad Jennings if David Wilson doesn't return from his neck injury. Atlanta and Baltimore also make sense.
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, 43rd RB: The explosive 5-9, 201-pounder averaged 7.4 and 7.7 yards per carry in his two seasons and scored five touchdowns of at least 68 yards. He could be a steal for the Falcons in Round 4 or 5.
Jeremy Hill, LSU, 47th RB: The 6-1, 233-pounder averaged 6.2 yards per carry over two college seasons and barreled hs way to 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. The Falcons hosted him for a visit and could target him as early as Round 2.
Charles Sims, West Virginia, 50th RB taken: The versatile 6-foot, 214-pounder won Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 5.3 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns and tying for the team lead with 45 catches. He recently met with the Redskins.
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