bostonsoxandy wrote:The more I look into Felix Jones the more I like him. Everything points to an amazing year. So I will dedicate one entire post to him to cement my case. First, the talent: ---24 years old ---Career 5.3 YPC ---only 331 carries on his career, fresh legs/not a lot of wear n tear ---great foundation year last year w/ 800 rush yards and 450 rec yards
Second, the fantasy value: ---Average ADP of 59.3 according to ESPN
And finally, the opportunity" ---Cut Marion Barber ---Tashard choice strained his calf (possibly out 2-4 weeks) ---Rookie DeMarco Murray hamstring injury (roughly out 2 weeks)
I smell a big year!!
Agreed. Felix has only to live up the the promise he showed a couple years ago. But he is not an unknown breaking out type player. Not sure that there is one for this year. Best from the Lions could fill the bill if he and his QB stay healthy. Running gets a lot easier when the threat of a strong passing game is there.
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Felix is a decent canidate for this topic (so is DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice).
Mark Ingram, James Starks, Ryan Mathews, Javid Best/Mikel Leshoure, Ben Tate (if something were to happen to Foster), Addai/Brown/Deleone Carter are other guys who fit this mold - backs who play in explosive offenses (and also need something to happen to the guys they share the depth chart with).
Foster was the perfect storm, he played on a team with an offense that scored a ton and a defense that couldn't stop anybody, and was a focal point in a passing game that was with out it's best TE for most of the year, and a hobbled beast at WR in AJ.
Ingram (if he in fact emerges as the bell cow of the NO offense) is going to get plenty of chances to put up big numbers.
Starks could blow up if Grant is slowed by his ankle
Best/Leshoure either coluld be huge, Best in PPR formats, Leshoure otherwise if Stafford stays healthy.
Ben Tate is in line for a massive spike in value if Foster goes down.
Any of the Indy backs could blow up with Peyton doing what he does (IMO Addai is still the guy with the highest ceiling)
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I like whoever emerges as the frontrunner in Green Bay, whether that is a healthy Grant or a Starks replacing an unhealthy Grant. Grant, when healthy, was a guy that consistently got his 1400+ total yards on a team that could not run the ball to save its life. This is a high powered-offense that seemed to figure out last year how to run block a little, and will be looking to run more in the red zone. And McCarthy loves to have a workhorse back, all the more so since he won't have Jackson on third downs this year. Opportunity, productive offense, and a dual threat. All things similar to what Foster had.
Totally not predicting this, especially since I'm not even a Ryan Grant fan - just saying don't overlook the guy who missed all of last season. He could surprise.
I'll throw Marshawn Lynch's name into the ring. I think he'll be "the man" in Seattle. Their other back, Justin Forsett, was signed by the previous front office. He doesn't fit the current philosophy of using big, physical players. Lynch should dominate the touches. With a shaky QB situation, the Hawks should run the ball plenty in the crappy NFC West.