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The best rookie running back in 2008 will be ...

Posted on: June 10, 2008 5:14 pm

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.

3. Kevin Smith, Detroit. Comment: The Lions are looking for a workhorse, and Smith has the running style to change Detroit from a pass-happy offense to a ground attack.

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.

5. Ryan Torain, Denver. Comment: The Broncos released Travis Henry because they have faith in Torain, who will share carries with Michael Pittman behind starter Selvin Young.

6. Felix Jones, Dallas. Comment: Jones should do better than Julius Jones, and if Marion Barber gets hurt, Felix Jones should thrive. Only concern is another rookie, Tashard Choice, stealing carries.

7. Chris Johnson, Tennessee. Comment: He was drafted in the first round for a reason. Johnson won't start ahead of LenDale White, but he could see time at receiver.

8. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh. Comment: He might not get many yards if Willie Parker is healthy, but I like the potential for touchdowns.

9. Ray Rice, Baltimore. Comment: If something happens to Willis McGahee than Rice will be the focal point of the offense.

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.

Honorable mentions: Jamaal Charles (Kansas City), Jacob Hester (San Diego), Tashard Choice (Dallas) and Tim Hightower (Arizona)

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Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2008 5:39 am

The best rookie running back in 2008 will be ...

Talking of McFadden, how do you rate Fargas' fantasy value?  He's going really late in the mocks and I invariably pick him up as  a potential steal, I see him as a back-up but imagine he could be much more...

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2008 10:25 pm

The best rookie running back in 2008 will be ...

While I admit I'm a homer, I watched DeAngelo Williams enough in college to believe he has the skills to be a really good NFL player. His attitude is also tops. Is there another reason, besides the Panthers pickup of Stewart that makes you and Richard so high on Stewart? You could also argue that DeAngelo's stock has gone up with Foster gone. I say it is DeAngelo's year to shine!

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