I must admit. The bottom 5 running backs listed here aren't the 5 that I was thinking about. I had Jacquizz Rodgers in the Top 5 RBs to go in Round 3 or later. Then, just today, I read a story about how the Buccaneers aren't hot on Doug Martin when he comes back from his suspension.
Rodgers could be gone by Round 3. Considering how he played last season, I think it's a good bet he's drafted early. So, here's the 5 RBs that I believe go in Round 3 or later. All 5 have a chance to add more fantasy points than expected to your season long NFL fantasy football teams.
Possible Round 3 or Later RBs
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
At only 24, there's a reason to believe that Browns' starting RB Isaiah Crowell breaks out this season. Crowell has the skills to be one of the best fantasy running backs in the NFL. Last season saw 952 rushing yards and 7 TDs. He averaged a sweet 4.8 yards per carry.
Crowell also caught 40 passes for 319 yards. Crowell's numbers should go up in every category. I think he eclipses the 1,000 yards mark this season. I also believe he could be in line for up to 10 to 12 TDs. Not bad for a player who suits up for the Dawg Pound.
Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
Sure, Minnesota drafted rookie Dalvin Cook. But one of the reasons Cook fell out of Round 1 is because some teams were worried about his shoulder. In any case, it's impossible to leave a running back like Latavius Murray on the bench. The Vikings are best when they can pound the ball, control the clock, and then let Sam Bradford make pinpoint passes for 10 to 15 yards.
Murray is bigger than Cook. He's also not a rookie. In fact, he's a proven commodity with 12 TDs last season. Cook should get drafted before Murray. I think Latavius lasts until Round 5, Round 6, or later.
Adrian Peterson, New Orleans Saints
Yep. I couldn't decide between AP or Mark Ingram. So, I put both on my list. Peterson should end up as the Saints' workhorse. As good as Ingram is, and he's plenty good, Peterson can run over tacklers or run past them.
So far, the news from New Orleans is that AP looks great. He didn't sign with the Saints because Sean Payton told him he was going to sit on the bench. I believe New Orleans goes to more of a rushing attack this season. They want to protect Drew Brees. The best way to do that is to keep players from teeing off on their future hall of fame QB.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Rushing the football means that Sean Payton also hands it off to Mark Ingram. Ingram won't be your highest fantasy point producer this season. There's no way he does that because he won't be on the field enough.
Sean Payton, though, isn't going to keep him on the bench. I think Payton plays Ingram and Peterson in the backfield together. Both can block, although no doubt AP is the better blocker, and both can catch the football. Payton's one of the most creative coaches in the NFL. He'll get Ingram involved in every game this season.
Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
This could go either way. If you play in a season long fantasy football league where there are a lot of Raider fans, Lynch might go in the Top 10. Good for you. But, if you play in a league where there aren't a lot of fans who live in the Black Hole, Lynch might last until Round 4.
I think Marshawn has a decent season if…
The Raiders' biggest issue entering training camp is that left tackle Donald Penn is holding out. If Penn doesn't show up, Beast Mode's season could be incredibly disappointing.
He makes the list because he's the clear-cut RB1 in Oakland. Keep paying attention to what happens with Penn before pulling the trigger.