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
21) Rashad Jennings
The Giants have said that he will be the bell cow back this season, but I am not sure that is completely accurate with rookie RB Andre Williams on the roster. However, he is clearly the most complete RB that the Giants have, so he will get his fair share of touches.
22) Joique Bell
In a PPR league, Bell is a quiet assassin. Most people overlook him because he does not get a ton of yards rushing, but he is a terrific receiver out of the backfield and a very consistent performer on a week-to-week basis.
23) Trent Richardson
Richardson was 2013's biggest disappointment. He was so bad that I cut him in one league as I could not waste the roster space come playoff time. There are no excuses for Richardson. He knows the playbook, the team, and the players. I see a slight comeback for him, but he is no more than a late fourth-round pick.
24) Pierre Thomas
There has been a lot of debate on Fantasy Sports radio this offseason about Thomas and his potential in the Saints' offense. With Darren Sproles gone to Philly, there are touches to be had. Thomas is a gritty player who does not get the respect that he deserves. If you start out your draft going WR heavy, Thomas would be a terrific RB2.
25) Frank Gore
Every season, Fantasy experts start the funeral for Gore, only to see him continue to run the ball effectively. The 49ers drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round which will give Gore the chance to take a breather at times during games and be ready to withstand the rigors of an entire season.
26) Chris Johnson
Johnson has gone from CJ2K to CJ 1/4K over the past couple of seasons. However, by signing with the Jets he has put himself in a situation where he can once again be successful. The Jets have a solid offensive line and are committed to the running game. All of this should add up to a comeback season for Johnson.
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate
27) Ben Tate
Tate owners know how talented he is. They also know that he cannot stay healthy. Signing with the Browns was a great move for him as he is a perfect fit in their downhill running scheme. If Tate can stay healthy (a huge if), he can easily surpass 1,000 yards on the ground this season.
28) Bishop Sankey
Sankey is the biggest question mark for me this season at running back. He showed flashes of ability at the University of Washington but nothing that struck me to think that he was capable of being the linchpin of a running game in the NFL. I see him more as a complementary back than a bell cow type runner.
29) Steven Jackson
Jackson never seemed to shake the injury bug in 2013 and was a supreme disappointment to his Fantasy owners. Now to complicate issues, the Falcons drafted Devonta Freeman, who has the ability to steal the job if Jackson continues to show wear and tear. Look for Jackson to have one last hurrah in 2014, as he finds the end zone at least eight times.
30) Lamar Miller
This really might be Miller’s last chance to show the Dolphins brass that he is able to be the franchise running back that team is seeking. New OC Bill Lazor has gone on record to say that Miller will be used the same way that the Eagles used LeSean McCoy last year, so the opportunity is there for Miller to be an impact Fantasy player.
31) Ray Rice
It will be interesting to see how far Ray Rice falls in drafts this year. Often, Fantasy owners play with their hearts and let their personal feelings affect them when they draft. While I don’t condone what Rice did to his fiancé, it won’t affect when I select him. He is no more than a sixth or seventh round pick for me and I will treat him as such.
32) Fred Jackson
Each year I struggle with selecting Fred Jackson. I tend to pass on players who do not have a clearly defined role. Jackson is part of a three headed hydra at running back for the Bills (along with Spiller and Bryce Brown) so once again, I doubt that he will be on my team this year.
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams
33) DeAngelo Williams
Williams is always good for two or three huge weeks every season. That said, the rest of the time he is maddening due to his inconsistency. He loses goal line carries to both Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton and he is often removed on obvious passing downs for Jonathan Stewart. I will try to avoid taking Williams in leagues this year.
34) Jeremy Hill
I really like the skill-set that Hill brings to the Bengals. He is a big back but he has surprisingly good hands too. Due to the fact that Gio Bernard is not a 20-plus carry RB, look for Hill to get about 10-15 touches per game. I would not be surprised to see him be the best rookie RB in the NFL in 2014.
35) Maurice Jones-Drew
I will not be running with MJD this year. He is sharing carries on a team with a struggling veteran QB.
36) Danny Woodhead
Woodhead is the poster child for PPR leagues, as he value skyrockets compared to standard leagues where he is no more than an also ran type player. The Chargers signed RB Donald Brown in the offseason so I wonder how the three RB committee will work. I will let someone else find out and pass on Woodhead.
37) Darren Sproles
Many Fantasy owners will shy away from Sproles thinking that he will lose a significant amount of touches. However, the beauty of Chip Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia is that the team runs many more plays that its opponents. That said, there are more chances to be had for all the offensive players which should help Sproles keep his numbers similar to last year.
38) Khiry Robinson
I just have a feeling that he will finish the year as the starting RB for the Saints. Bill Parcells believes in his talent and Sean Payton will give him a shot to win the job. If you draft him, be patient. Talent always emerges even if it takes some time.
39) Devonta Freeman
He is small in stature but he makes up for it with a varied and explosive skill set. He is the perfect complement to Steven Jackson and he should have the opportunity to get about 10-12 touches per game. Keep him on your radar in the mid-rounds.
40) Darren McFadden
McFadden is like fool’s gold; it always looks better than it is. I will pass on him and let some other sucker take him.