Dr. Roto's Exclusive Rankings
QB: 1-20 | 21-40
RB PPR: 1-20 | 21-40 | 41-60
WR PPR: 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75
TE PPR: 1-20
ROTO VISIONARY RANKINGS
For the last 20 RBs listed, I have chosen not to rank them in order since any of this group might emerge and they are all quite similar in nature.
West is the darling of most high-stakes drafters right now primarily because the Browns starter, Ben Tate, has never shown that he can stay healthy. I think West starts at least five games this year.
Hyde ran through some mammoth running lanes at Ohio State and I doubt he will see the same holes in the NFL. That said, the 49ers are committed to the run and Frank Gore will eventually slow down. He is a terrific pick in dynasty leagues.
Williams is a bruising runner who showed that he could carry the load in college. The monumental problem with his game is that he is an awful pass catcher. Thus, teams can key in on him when he is in the game as they know he is no threat out of the backfield. Think of Brandon Jacobs with even worse hands.
Davis showed what he is capable of with an outstanding game in the playoffs. He is sure to see more time this year as the Chiefs would like to keep Jamaal Charles fresh for a full season. If Charles should ever miss extended time, Davis would be one of the top 15 RB in Fantasy.
I think Hillman might be the most underrated RB available. Everyone is buying into Montee Ball as the answer in Denver, but Hillman is coming along and playing well. If Ball cannot get the job done as a blocker, look for Hillman to get some serious touches.
My friend and NFL draft guru, Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) listed Michael as his favorite RB in 2013’s draft class. Michael is all ready to assume the lead role for Seattle, but first he needs incumbent Marshawn Lynch to leave town. Many Fantasy owners will jump a bit early on Michael, but there is major downside to selecting him. Lynch may not be in the team’s plans for 2015, but he is still a major cog in 2014. Michael owners might need an injury to happen for him to finally see significant playing time.
Buffalo Bills RB Bryce Brown
I have a hard time thinking that Sims is going to have a big role this season. Doug Martin and Mike James are ahead of him on the depth chart and he is still a rookie who needs to get accustomed to the speed of the pro game.
Another hot name right now is James White. Many Fantasy owners are hoping that by drafting White, they are one Stevan Ridley fumble away from getting a starting RB. The Patriots like to rotate their backs, so even if White gets a chance to get a significant amount of touches, it is hard to imagine that he will be a consistent Fantasy producer every week.
The Steelers signed Blount to a two year contract in the off-season to complement Le’Veon Bell. To his credit, Blount is a violent runner who could surprise this year. I have no problem taking him as my RB4 this season.
Right now Brown is the RB3 for the Bills, but that could change at any moment. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have a history of fragility, so it is easy to picture Brown getting a bulk of the touches in the second half of the season.
If you are one of those people who think that Andre Ellington is not built for 20-25 touches a game, then Taylor might the guy for you. He is a three down back who is underrated and a must own for all Ellington owners.
Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene
I really like the upside here. New OC Joe Lombardi learned how to use his running backs while coaching in New Orleans, and I think he figures out a way to get the ball in Reddick’s hands this season.
Greene is exactly who you think he is: slow, poor pass catcher, but tough at the goal line. He could be a decent pick in standard or TD only leagues.
It seems strange that the Chargers would pay Brown to come over and be the third RB, but the team is committed to the running game and starter Ryan Mathews has never been the picture of health. Brown would be a nice pick in the late rounds of your draft.
This might be the last shot for Ingram. I will pass on him and let someone else draft him as a recognizable (but overrated) name.
Ivory is so brittle that he can get injured getting out of bed in the morning. That said, when he is healthy, he is a solid runner and tough to take down. He is nothing more than a late round flier.
If you think that Shonn Greene is too slow and you also think that Bishop Sankey is not quite ready for prime time, then take a look at McCluster. HC Ken Whisenhunt knows how to use gadget type players, so don’t be shocked to see McCluster score on a few tricks plays in 2014.
He is a long shot to see a ton of touches because of Lamar Miller; however, Miami didn't spend money on him to stand on the sidelines. He can still catch passes well, pass protect and contribute in passing situations.