Fantasy Football Analysis: Running Backs

Find out who the top prospects are in 2008 to pick up for your PrepTennessee.com Fantasy Football backfield. Check out which players and teams have the best running backs in the state and could help you put together a successful draft starting with the running back spot.

# 5 – Cortez Mosby, 5-10, 210 pound running back from Memphis-Whitehaven (Tenn.) is a solid selection. Mosby provides his team with a powerful running back with a good amount of speed. The Tigers should have a big season and Mosby will be a big part of those plans. He would be a solid selection for your fantasy football team.

# 4 – Wesley Tate, 6-2, 205 pound running back from Hendersonville-Pope John Paul II (Tenn.) is primed for a big senior season. Tate, the younger brother of Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate, will be the focal point of the Knight's offense in 2008. He is a solid selection for your fantasy roster because he will get a lot of carries and produce big time numbers.

# 3 – Keenan Kolinsky, 6-1, 212 pound running back from Knoxville-Christian Academy (Tenn.) had a great season in 2007 and fans should expect the same in 2008. In his junior campaign he rushed close to 1300 yards and 12 touchdowns totaling 147 points. Fans can expect Kolinsky, who holds an offer from Air Force, to lead his team and rack up some fantasy points along the way.

# 2 – David Jones, 6-0, 205 pound running back from South Pittsburg (Tenn.) is hoping to have a huge senior season as the number one back in the Pirate backfield. In 2007, Jones ran for 1349 yards and 18 touchdowns totaling 163 fantasy league points. Expect the productivity to increase in 2008 as Jones will go from the number back to the featured back on Friday nights. Selecting Jones early would be a smart idea because he is a solid pick to help out with your team's fantasy stats.

# 1 – Gabriel Hunter, 5-11, 190 pound running back from Memphis-Kingsbury will be without a doubt the number one selection for several fantasy football coaches. In 2007, Hunter was named the Memphis Commercial Appeal Player of the Year because of his Shelby metro rushing record of 2,627 yards and 28 touchdowns. Hunter's junior season would have piled up an impressive 257 points for your fantasy league. Look for Hunter, a recent Ole Miss commitment, to post another huge season.

For fans competing in the team play fantasy league finding a good group of running backs can be tough. You will need to look at a few factors including offensive philosophy and returning offensive linemen.

One solid choice in the East Tennessee region is the Alcoa (Tenn.) backfield featuring running back James Toney, who rushed for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007. The Knoxville-Austin East Roadrunners could put up huge numbers on the ground in 2008 lead by Chicago transfer Jared Neal and Marcus Matthews. Look for sophomore sensation Chris Sensabaugh to carry a big time load for Kingsport Dobyns Bennett and help you rack up some fantasy points. The run heavy offense of Knoxville-Catholic will also prove to be a great selection for your running back group in 2008 led by tailback Zach Vann.

In the Middle Tennessee region fans can rely on Nashville-Maplewood to have a huge season on the ground with running back Markus Cantrell. Another solid selection would be Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) led by junior tailback Josh Tate and offensive linemen Alex Bullard and Thad McHaney. The run heavy offense of Murfreesboro-Riverdale will also prove to be a solid selection for your backfield in 2008.

West Tennessee will be dominated on the ground by teams like Germantown-Houston with running back James Walker leading the way. The 2008 season will be a big season for Paris-Henry County running back Domnique Allen to perform. The Memphis-Whitehaven Tigers also boast a talented backfield that could help a fantasy roster with running backs like Cortez Mosby and Tony Jefferson.


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