RB RANKINGS & ANALYSIS\nMUNTRADAMUS BOOT CAMP\nMVP Nation.\n\nVery excited to do the RB Rankings, we have seen a lot of gems at WR we can target easily on draft day. RB is the position that we need to nail down and make sure we get all the studs.\nEARLY DRAFT STRATEGY\n*Will change after I complete QB, but we are looking at Gurley\/Bell\/Zeke\/David Johnson is your core 4. RB is so weak this year that Gordon\/Fournette\/Kamara\/Saquon (Kamara ahead of Saquon as far as Draft Strategy) should all go before Antonio Brown, and that is likely your First 9 Picks.\n\nGoal is to secure one of those RBs in Round 1. I know we have Gronk at Round 2, but that might have to be changed for Devonta Freeman ADP #18. Falcons offense should be stronger than ever, which means Gronk is back to being a Round 1 Target if you draft at the end of your snake and miss the first 8 RBs or Antonio Brown, then you come back with Devonta. Gronk is too much of a BEAST and he can easily beat his numbers from last year. It is likely other WRs are drafted around the Top 8 RBs, so you should guarantee yourself one of them.\nONE MUST TARGET\nMark Ingram at ADP #48 will be a steal despite the 4 game suspension. Instant RB2\/RB1 when he comes back and you can read more about him below and his situation. Ingram will have to be a Round 4 grab, but he is worth it.\nTWO STEAL TARGET\nLesean McCoy at ADP #21 read more below.\n\nJoe Mixon at ADP #27 read more below.\n\nJay Ajayi at ADP#41. You can read more about him below, but someone to think about and could easily be part of the main strategy.\n\nTevin Coleman at ADP #66 is another steal. You can read more about him below. Which makes Tevin a Must Draft Target hopefully he slips.\nRB DRAFT BOARD STRATEGY\nTop 8 RBs or Antonio Brown or Gronk ROUND 1\n\nGronk or DEVONTA FREEMAN ROUND 2\n\nROUND 3 (McCoy\/Mixon\/Ajayi?) Open\n\nMARK INGRAM ROUND 4\n\nROUND 5 Open\n\nROUND 6 (Tevin Coleman potentially?)\n\nWith this strategy we are looking at worst case scenario.\n\n\nDEEP SLEEPER GROUP\nISAIAH CROWELL ADP #90\n\nDEVONTAE BOOKER ADP #118\n\nCJ ANDERSON #106\n\n\nBEAST GROUP\nTODD GURLEY - LAR\nGurley's schedule is not the prettiest, but the Rams offense should be a whole new level of dynamic with Brandin Cooks on the roster. Cooks will keep safties back allowing even more space for Gurley to run the ball. Gurley is on a mission to win MVP and with the Rams Defense better than even with all the stars they added, they can definitely do it. The Rams have all the momentum to be the new team that everyone falls in love with. The knock of Gurley was his ability to catch the ball, last year he had 64 Catches but 10 of them came on the last game of the year.\n\nMost important of all, when the Rams are about to score a TD, they will make sure Gurley gets it. Last year of his Rookie Deal, Rams are ready to open the check book for their star who deserves it. If the Rams are going to blow a ton of money on Tavon Austin, they will give Gurley the keys to the city.\nLE'VEON BELL - PIT\nBell and the Steelers offense should be great this season. Big Ben still looks great, Antonio Brown is still the #1 WR in Football and JuJu is looking like a better Martavis Bryant. Le'Veon is too good and with the Steelers scoring a lot of points this year, Bell will be on the winning edge of those TD numbers. Lev is the Steelers star and if you end up with him on your fantasy roster, you are on your way to the playoffs guaranteed. His playoff schedule is not bad at all, which can give you the Championship.\nZEKE ELLIOT - DAL\nWith no Dez, or Jason Witten. Look for Zeke to be more involved in the passing game this season. Also look for the Cowboys to ride Zeke to the ground as Dak will turn much more into a game manager. Troy Aikman made a hall of fame career off of giving the ball to Emmitt Smith, Dak will be trying to follow a very similar model at this point of his career. A lot of tough matchups for Elliot this season, seeing Panthers\/Jags\/Texans\/Titans and the Eagles twice, but Zeke can produce against anyone.\nDAVID JOHNSON - AZ\nWhile Johnson might say he wants 1000 rec yards and 1000 rushing yards, first the Cardinals need to realize a few things. Their offense is not that great, they cannot really expand the field so defenses will be able to key in on anything Johnson does. The schedule is not great either for Johnson who should see a lot of tough defenses through the year and he only has a couple of stretches with nice matchups through the year. DJ should BEAST no doubt, but I do not see him as the same guy from last year. Cardinals not winning a lot of games this year.\nMELVIN GORDON - LAC\nContract year, the Chargers also added Pouncey from Miami. Everything is shaping up for a great season for Melvin Gordon who will have zero competition for touches on his Chargers squad. Melvin is their star and the BEAST is ready to take on the load. Schedule runs very favorable also for the Chargers who should be putting up points all season as Rivers proved last year he still has it. Without a TE, Rivers may look to swing the ball to Gordon even more which only helps his value.\nLEONARD FOURNETTE - JAX\nFournette could be a Hall of Famer if he continues his pace. The Jags lean on their big RB every game and he can score against any team. His schedule is actually favorable this year and it is very nice that he faces the Texans in Week 17 which does not count. Leonard will deliever constant RB1 production nearly every game and can easily have multi TD games as well. Jags do not like to throw in the redzone as Bortles is always prone to a mistake. The Jags Defense will also controlling games and the Jags gameplan to finish out a win is to ride Fournette till the clock reads zero.\n\nTJ Yeldon is a good handcuff pick at the end of your draft.\nSAQUON BARKELY - NYG\nThe Choosen Quon is going to be a BEAST no doubt, but his schedule is brutal. No back-2-back good games including facing the Jags and Texans to start the season. His juicy matchup he gets against Dallas is cut in half as he plays them Week 17. Saquon will still get you numbers, but those breakout huge games where he wins you the matchup by himself, will not come as often as you would want.\nRB2\/RB1\nALVIN KAMARA - NO\nKamara is special and he gets 4 games without Mark Ingram to start the year. Kamara is really explosive and can score on any play against any defense. The Saints did bring in Terrance West but he should only be there help fill the void when Ingram is suspended then go back to the bench. Saints O-Line could be the best in the NFL and Kamara will be a BEAST. Not the best playoff schedule as they play away from a Dome against two good run defenses in Tampa and Carolina, but Kamara is so special he can explode at any time against anyone.\n\nIngram is a Must Handcuff.\nMARK INGRAM - NO\nSuspended for the first 4 games can be a good thing for Ingram. Mark can save his body from big hits, and he can also allow Kamara to take bigger hits when everyone is fresh and hyped up. Ingram is a superstar and even with all the Kamara noise, Ingram had 288 touches to Kamara's 201. Ingram is the work horse RB who takes all the carries, Kamara does still sometimes get goal line, but Ingram can score as well as catch 50+ Passes.\nDEVONTA FREEMAN - ATL\nFalcons offense should be rolling this season, and Freeman will continue to roll as a player who can dominate even with Tevin Coleman over his shoulder. Freeman is the guy for the Falcons and their Offensive Line is still there as well. With Calvin Ridley on the team, Falcons should score more. Even in a down season for Devonta filled with injuries and the Falcons not looking like same Super Bowl team from 2016, Freeman still had 7 TDs in 14 games, 5 of those TDs came in the first 4 games of the year.\n\nTevin Coleman is a Must Handcuff for Devonta.\nJOE MIXON - CIN\nThe Bengals are ready to make Joe Mixon their star RB after getting rid of Jeremy Hill. Giovani Bernard is a shell of the player he once was, only gives Mixon's breaks. As a rookie, Mixon showed flashes of amazing skills, but he also did not appear to be a player that was running to his full potential. As a second year the starter, the green light could be much greener and the Bengals will feature Mixon as their everything in this offense. Bengals fans need to see a winning season and the Bengals definitely have the formula of players to make something happen.\n\nGiovani is a good handcuff pick at the end of your draft.\nLESEAN MCCOY - BUF\nDigging deeper into Lesean, there is more to like that reaches the eye. For starter the AFC East does not pose as a scary run defense division. McCoy is also good enough where he can make big plays every time he touches the ball, and whoever is at QB will quickly realize throwing McCoy the ball is the best play to make. Shady should be a PPR BEAST, in standard leagues there is some risk. Chris Ivory coming over could steal goal line touches, but McCoy should be able to make enough big plays through the season and get a lot of constant touches every week.\n\nChris Ivory handcuff pick is fine as a late grab. Ivory will not have a lot of success without McCoy, Bills not built for his style.\nJAY AJAYI - PHI\nHow the mighty have fallen. Ajayi goes from a RB1 1st\/2nd Round pick in Fantasy Leagues, to a RBBC on one of the best offenses in the NFC. Ajayi is definitely the best physical RB on his team as Sproles is nothing more than a 3rd down RB, and Clement is a great player with no name. Clement had the big Super Bowl TD catch and he makes big plays, enough that will distrupt Ajayi from reaching his full potential. The good news is, Ajayi should see a lot of carries on a very strong team. Full off season to learn everything should put him in the drivers seat as the guy for this team. With that being said, do not think about using him in the Playoffs Week 15 @Rams and Week 16 vs. Texans.\nDERRICK HENRY - TEN\nWhile the Titans did bring in Dion Lewis from the Patriots, you will quickly learn that Tom Brady makes his players much better than they are. Dion Lewis does not fit the mode for what the Titans need, Titans need a RB who can control a game, not a RB who can be a role player for his QB. That is why I like Henry to explode with the job and be the RB1 for the Titans. He will definitely be the goal line guy and the Titans need to run the ball to win games. Dion Lewis will be the 3rd down RB, and when the Titans are down by a 17+ Points, Lewis will be in the game. However when the Titans are trying to win and they have the lead, Derrick Henry is their RB.\n\nDion Lewis handcuff is fine as long as he goes very late. If you miss out on Lewis because someone went higher on him than they should, which will likely happen. No big deal, Henry is the RB you want.\nDALVIN COOK - MIN\nThe Vikings should dominate this year on offense with the upgrade to Kirk Cousins at QB. With a great offense comes more volume, and Cook proved last year that he was a superstar before going down with an ACL. He is expected to be back to 100%, but now he has a healthy Latavius also next to him. Cook should definitely get a lot of work, but Latavius is always a threat. Let us see how things balance out during camp and maybe Cook can get an upgrade.\n\nDownside to the Vikings is their Offensive line did downgrade a bit.\nTEVIN COLEMAN - ATL\nIn the 3 games Devonta Freeman was injured last season, Coleman managed to score 4 TDs. If Tevin Coleman gets the opportunity to start he automatically jumps to the BEAST category and can perform better than some of the guys ahead of him. Coleman is expected to be more involved on passing downs as he continues to look too explosive for them not to use. Tevin is a stud.\nJORDAN HOWARD - CHI\nIf Howard had a great team around him, he could be an every week RB1. Hopefully the new coach Matt Nagy can bring some life into their passing game. The Bears did lose pro bowl guard Josh Sitton which does hurt, but Howard has always seemed to be able to carry himself and is a threat to BEAST any matchup. Tarik Cohen is still on the roster, but he definitely does not take enough work away, Cohen just needs to move the chains.\n\nIf the Bears offense can remain decent, and they should be better than they were in 2017 thanks to a year for Mitchell T to get his confidence and now a star WR in Allen Robinson, Howard should be able to get numbers.\nKAREEM HUNT - KC\nHunt should still be the starter, but Spencer ware posses a big threat. Watch the video here. Spencer Ware must handcuff.\n\nRB3\nCHRISTIAN MCCAFFRERY - CAR\n117 Carries and 80 Catches as a Rookie. Bringing in CJ Anderson does not help McCaff at all, the addition of Norv Turner does. The Panthers are saying they want to give McCaff more carries and that he ran up the middle in college, but we will see. A boost from 117 to 150 is still low in the grand scheme of things. McCaff will be great in PPR leagues for that matter, but in standard leagues it is not worth it to draft a RB who might as well be listed as a WR.\nJERICK MCKINNON - SF\nMcKinnon will find a lot of ways to get touches in this offense. Not someone who will run more than 11+ Times a game before wearing out. McKinnon at 5'9 will go down as soon as he is touched, but he can touch passes. Not what you really expect out of your RB, but Jimmy G. will be slinging and McKinnon will be there to catch when players are not open down the field. Not a favorable RB schedule as well for SF this year.\nLAMAR MILLER - HOU\nMiller can be a great player in Fantasy, but the Texans remained stacked at RB with Alfred Blue as the #3 and Dont'a Foreman as the #2. Foreman may not be himself with an achillies injury which does help, but Lamar Miller is really not that great of a RB who cannot break tackles. Last season Miller had less than 900 Rushing Yards and he has never shown to be a RB who can safely run for over 1,000 Yards. If Foreman looks like a BEAST, it would not be surprising to see that timeshare go 50\/50. Lamar never rushed for more than 80 Yards in a game all of last year!\n\nOpportunity is semi-there, but the talent is very overrated. Miller has nice value because of his potential in the Texans offense, not because of who he is. No handcuff needed at this point.\nISAIAH CROWELL - NYJ\nAs far as pure RB who can run the ball, Crowell does the job. The Jets O-Line is not as strong as Christmas past, but the unit is still respectable. The passing game last year for the Jets did better than anything Crowell has seen in Cleveland the last few years. If the offense can move the chains, Crowell can do some nice things on a nice offense. The downfall to Crowell over the years was the Browns being horrible, while the Jets are not that much better, it is still an upgrade from his previous situations. Though Crowell has been with McCown before in Cleveland and that did not work out. Bilal Powell is a threat, but more of a 3rd down only threat. Still Crowell is not a target.\nKENYAN DRAKE - MIA\nDrake is on a special talent and he definitely runs hard, but he is also on a horrible team that is going to be coming back from behind more often than not. Drake also has to deal with Frank Gore who always seems to do enough to interrupt future young backs, Carlos Hyde and Marlon Mack. Drake is good, but when the matchup is bad, he will be more like a RB4. When the matchup is good, the RB2 potential is there, but who wants a RB on a losing team and has a horrible playoff schedule on top of it all.\nCARLOS HYDE - CLE\nFirst thing to remember about the Browns, their O-Line is not as strong as it was after losing Joe Thomas and doing nothing to replace him. Hyde is no doubt a BEAST, but the coaching staff is doing what they can to knock his confidence early potentially giving the rookie RB Nick Chubb an extended look as the RB1 on this roster. Do not forget the Browns also have Duke Johnson who finally has no Crowell in front of him, only to see a more talented Carlos Hyde appear instead. There is no doubting Hyde's talent and the Browns offense is actually more talented than the situations he was getting on the 49ers these past few seasons.\n\nHorrible 2nd half schedule and with the potential of Chubb getting more carries in that time as Browns will not be chasing Playoffs, Hyde can fall down on the Browns Depth chart by that point.\nBENCH\nALEX COLLINS - BAL\nWhile Collins was a BEAST last year at times, the Ravens schedule this season is not great at all. On top of that, Buck Allen and Kenneth Dixon are still hanging around. If Collins is going to be the RB for the Ravens all season, he cannot have fumbles and has to be very productive. Ravens can easily switch to a RBBC in no time.\nDEVONTAE BOOKER - DEN\nBooker is a star and there are not a lot of RBs who run harder. Broncos schedule is not that easy, but their offense should be productive which will help keep Booker more than relevant. The downside to Booker is Royce Freeman who is a very speedy RB that the Broncos just drafted from Oregon. Freeman will get his carries, but Booker is their work horse.\n\nFreeman is a good handcuff.\nCJ ANDERSON - CAR\nCJ going to Carolina could help, he was the RB for the Broncos when they beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl, and now will have the most mobile QB CJA has dealt with. The offense is geared towards both RBs working, but the problem for the Panthers is they were not moving the ball. Anderson has some nice sleeper upside in him and could see 12 Carries a game. If Norv makes that offense more explosive, could be 15+.\nRASHAAD PENNY - SEA\nPenny is expected to open the season as the starting RB for the Seahwaks, but with Chris Carson healthy and hungry, Penny is in trouble of keeping that job to himself for long. Penny definitely has upside, but holding off Carson who is a BEAST will keep Penny from being consistent. Do not forget Pete Carroll does not care about your fantasy team with their RB rotations.\nRONALD JONES - TB\nWhile Jones has the keys to be the starting RB in this offense, the Bucs could find themselves losing games by a lot of points early in the season with no Winston. Jones could find the Bucs also rotate their RBs in this process and Jones is almost not given the full green light to go get his 200+ Carries. Let us see how he looks in the preseason, but not looking like our target.\nMARSHAWN LYNCH - OAK\nMarshawn showed he still has something left in the tank last season. Raiders offense should be better and more organized with Gruden as their HC, but the addition of Doug Martin makes Lynch a pure risk. Either Martin or Lynch could be the flavor of the week and that does not bode well in Fantasy Football town. Lynch should get the TDs which gives him the edge, but Martin will get a lot of carries.\nDOUG MARTIN - OAK\nTeach me how to Douggie gets a new chance to shine, against the team he ran for over 250 Yards and 4 TDs in one game as a Rookie. Martin definitely has the tools to be a star, but Lynch on the depth chart will limit his potential. There will be good moments for Martin, but none that make him a safe start to start the week.\nMARLON MACK - IND\nWhile Mack is the starter at this point, the RB situation in Indy will become very fluid and can easily include 4 RBs if Christine Michael ever turns into the guy who many of the Sheep Experts thought were going to unseat Marshawn Lynch back in his prime. Mack is a superstar in the making, but he will not be safe at all. Especially when you consider Robert Turbin is a lock for 3rd down RB and maybe Goal Line RB. They also love their new rookie in Nyheim Hines. I love's Mack potential, but banking on him as anything more than a RB is risky. Let us not forget Colts did draft two early Rookies on their O-Line and if those guys do not fill in as great starters instantly, Colts will once again have a bad O-Line.\nCHRIS CARSON - SEA\nCarson is definitely good enough to get that starting RB job back. Penny is the new 1st round kid on the block which will make the path tough for Carson, but he will make each run count.\nSPENCER WARE - KC\nWare will work hard to regain his starter spot. While Hunt did everything he could to definitely lead the way as the #1 RB, Ware was supposed to be that guy last season and still has the skills to win the job. Ware is a good player to target deep on your draft board who could end up BEASTing your league.\nDION LEWIS - TEN\nLewis is more of a handcuff to Derrick Henry owners, if the Titans are going to lose a game, Lewis will be the RB you want to own. Will not happen often as the Titans are legit this season. To learn more about Dion, read about Derrick Henry above.\nROYCE FREEMAN - DEN\nFreeman should get his carries, but keep in mind he is a small guy who is a Rookie. The way Rookie RBs are being treated these days, Freeman will be lucky to get 7+ Carries in a game, especially with his size.\nDERRIUS GUICE - WAS\nI'll believe it when I see it in him. Two facts about Guice that nobody can argue. Eagles\/Giants\/Jags\/Titans is his schedule Week 12-Week 16. Chris Thompson is for sure the 3rd RB. Those two factors alone are not great, and when you consider Sam Perine looked not bad at all and is a much more powerful RB. Guice is really looking at a split RBBC with all three guys getting involved. The Redskins offense is not that great to begin with, it is a situation to avoid.\nWAIVER WIRE\nPATRIOTS RB SITUATION\nBeen writing about these RBs before I started to dive into the draft guide. RBBC is going to happen here, no options is safe and until players start getting cut, the Patriots will not offer you a Fantasy RB.\nLIONS RB SITUATION\nLions spent a high draft pick on Kerryon Johnson, they signed LeGarrette Blount, they have the best 3rd down RB in the NFL in Theo Riddick. They also still have Ameer Abdullah, pass on it all.\nPACKERS RB SITUATION\nPackers are first of all a throw first\/throw second team. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones both looked great last year filling in for Ty MontyG, and both have made a case to split whatever opportunities are presented to them while MontyG fills the 3rd down RB spot.