Dave Richard and I have been having this debate about the best rookie running back in 2008 on video and pocasts for the past couple of weeks.
Now that Cedric Benson was released by Chicago, our rank list has changed with Matt Forte moving up the list. Forte has the chance to start for the Bears, but you can also expect him to split carries with Adrian Peterson.
As to the rookie rankings for running backs in 2008 alone, here is my list:
1. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina. Comment: Has the chance for yards and touchdowns as the workhorse in the offense.
2. Darren McFadden, Oakland. Comment: Will catch plenty of passes and still get share of carries in crowded backfield but might not score much.
4. Matt Forte, Chicago. Comment: With Cedric Benson gone, Forte could get 20-plus touches and has the chance for 1,000 total yards in an offense crying out for playmakers.
10. Steve Slaton, Houston. Comment: Ahman Green is fragile, and Chris Brown has never set the Fantasy world on fire. If Slaton is No. 2 on the depth chart in Houston then he could be a nice player in 2008.