The 2015-16 NFL season is underway and it’s time to get your fantasy football team rocking so you win that office pool at the end of the year. If you’re still looking for a reliable running back and you’re willing to make a trade or two, here are the top three options you should consider so you get the most points each week.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
After serving a damn near, one season suspension following child abuse allegations in his home state of Texas, Peterson will likely comeback fresh and ready to punish defenses even more so than before. While the running back is now 30-years-old, which typically spells trouble for most backs in the history of the NFL, after a year off and only three seasons removed from his 2,000 yard campaign, it’s hard to imagine Peterson not having a stellar year,
The RB rejoins the Minnesota Vikings as the primary feature of their offense, with a quarterback who performed well to end the year, and talented wide receiving corps. With Norv Turner’s running-centric offense, you know, the same offense that helped LaDainian Tomlinson solidify himself as a potential first ballot Hall of Famer, Peterson is going to be touching the ball quite a bit. From double-digit carries to catches in the flats and across the middle, expect Peterson to have a monster comeback year. Don’t forget, he finished 2013 with 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns, which was a “down year” after joining the 2,000 yard club the previous year.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Remember that time the Seahawks forgot they had the most dominant short-yardage running back in the league on their team, and Russell Westbrook threw an interception which led to the New England Patriots winning the 2014 Super Bowl? Don’t expect the Seahawks to make the same mistake this year.
Lynch has been one of the most dominant running backs, often making it virtually impossible for defenses to stop him, particularly in goal line situations. In 2014, Lynch finished the year with a league-tying 13 rushing touchdowns. His 2014 campaign also marked the eighth season in a row, Lynch carried the ball more than 300 times.
With the addition of tight end Jimmy Graham, expect Seattle to test out their aerial attack to start the season, with Lynch getting significantly more targets through the air. This may slightly decrease his carries to start the season, but if he’s still in the area of 20 carries per game, you’re definitely going to want him on your fantasy squad.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
The Packers have one of the most high-powered offenses with Aaron Rogers firing on all cylinders and Eddie Lacy providing a just as deadly running attack. Lacy, has the ability to run over linebackers at the point of attack, picking up significant chunks of yards with each carry. He also has the ability to outrun linebackers and break open on simple passing plays, which makes him even deadlier.
Last year, when Rogers was struggling with a calf injury, Lacy was able to rise to the occasion and takeover the offensive burden, rushing for nearly 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns during that stretch. With Lacy has a huge offensive threat, expect him to continue to perform well this season, especially as the Packers near goal line situations.
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