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My NFL Draft Top 15

Bargain Bin - Running Backs

Everyone knows how important running back depth is in fantasy football and in the era of Running Back By Committee's running rampant around the NFL, securing the right depth players is even more important than ever. Everyone knows Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell are fantasy beasts but which players are currently in the bargain bin that can help fantasy owners achieve victories as the year wears on. I am not going to talk about players with an ADP of 72 or better as those players are already on the radar. Sure I can say that Eddy Lacy is a bargain or Ezekiel Elliot is a great looking rookie bargain but both of those would be 'no brainers' that add nothing of substance. I actually saw an 'expert' last week put Devonta Freeman as a break out star for the 2016 season. Somebody needs to tell him that Freeman actually broke out last year already. Before I start, here is an honorable mention that just fell outside my range.

Honorable Mention: RB Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins: ADP - 71

I felt it important to mention Ajayi as his currently ADP of 71 makes him a legitimate steal. He has looked terrific all offseason and he is a hard nosed, efficient running back that looks to get a ton of work in Miami. He is certainly a value pick at this time.

OK, onto my top six bargain bin running backs.

Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions: ADP 78:

Abdullah had offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to share time with Theo Riddick which is why he is projected as the 78th pick of the draft. However there are many reasons I expect him to be a 2nd year breakout star in 2016. The first reason for optimism is that the Lions offensive line was upgraded in a big way through the draft this year and for the first time since Barry Sanders left, the Lions appear possible capable of getting a rushing attack going. That is even more likely with the retirement of star receiver Calvin Johnson. Secondly, I love the skill set and attitude of Abdullah. He works hard, practices hard, plays hard and is a shifty, agile running back blessed with good vision. He struggled as a rookie but his skill set is higher than Riddick and I believe Abdullah wins that starting running back job early on and finishes as a top-24 running back. Targeting him in the fifth or sixth round would be amazing value on this up and coming player.

Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns: ADP 80

I really love what Duke Johnson brings to the field. Sure, perhaps he cannot be a full time 20-carry per game running back (although that is yet to be decided and I believe in never saying never) but just his dynamic abilties and catching prowess make him an interesting fantasy prospect. I currently have him slotted in for only 110 carries and yet he is still just outside my top-24 at the position in PPR leagues. He is ranked so high because I have him with 70 receptions this season and he has potential to catch more than that. In fact, just another 40 carries and 10 receptions would likely jump him up into the top-12 so he is not that far away from being a great fantasy option at running back. Even if he just does stay in RBBC his catching prowess makes him a dependable 5th round pick and a great 6th round pick so don't sleep on him in 2016.

Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings: ADP 151:

McKinnon is an interesting prospect in Minnesota currently buried in a depth chart behind the amazing Adrian Peterson. However with Peterson now 31-years of age and with a lot of wear and tear on him, there are no guarantees he can avoid the injury bug. McKinnon is a perfect RB5 / RB6 to stash away on a roster whether you have Adrian Peterson or not just due to his upside. He rushed for 271 yards with a strong 5.2 yards per carry average last year while spelling Peterson and did manage two touchdowns. You can comfortably target him in the 11th round of your draft and have a potential home run sitting deep in your roster.

RB Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears: ADP 171

Jordan Howard is a 6th round pick from Indiana this season who has some intriguing upside for a late round pick. He is a big, bruising running back who can also be elusive if the situation calls for it. He has all the tools needed to challenge for the starting job in Chicago and especially so with veteran running back Matt Forte gone to the New York Jets. Currently Howard is only behind Jeremy Langford in the depth charts and Howard in many ways surpasses Langford's abilities. I currently have Howard with 675 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns in a RBBC with Langford but I am not going to sleep on Howard in fantasy drafts and will be targeted him in round 10/11 to make sure I get him. He has all the tools that the Bears will crave and he could win the starting job early on this season.

Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins: ADP 182:

I hate to appear as a possible Homer in this article by talking about a second Miami Dolphins but whether I am a fan of the team or not, the explosive, dynamic Kenyan Drake of the Dolphins is certainly value with the 182 ADP he currently has. While I mentioned Jay Ajayi above as an honorable mention, Drake has the explosiveness and speed to be a real handful for NFL defenses and he certainly could get a lot of looks even as a pass specialist / change of pace back. The thing I love about Drake is he looks absolutely capable of scoring from anywhere on the field and if he learns to be more patient waiting for holes to develop, he has the potential to be so much more than he was playing behind Derrick Henry in Alabama. He was a good pick by the Dolphins and targeting him with your 12th to 13th round draft picks would pay huge dividends.

Keith Marshall, Washington: ADP 220:

Here is a bargain bin player that I love. Keith Marshall, a 7th round pick out of Georgia was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school and had a strong freshman season with Georgia but fell back down to earth when he tore up his ACL as a sophomore. Then the injury never healed well and his junior season slipped away too. This player has more talent than your typical 7th round pick and could earn significant work with a good camp. In fact, Marshall was the fastest running back in the combine this season and at 5'11 and 219 pounds, that is even more impressive. I really believe at some point that Marshall has the skill set to not only take over from the starter Matt Jones, but to star at the NFL level and you can pick him up in the 14th/15th rounds of your draft at this time and have a possible gem if he performs as I expect he can. Every year there are players selected late in the NFL Draft that star in the NFL and I firmly believe that Keith Marshall is one of those players:

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