Ready for some 2013 Fantasy Football Rookie Running Back Analysis? It’s never too early to start preparing for the 2013 fantasy football season, especially when it comes to the incoming rookie running back class.
The below analysis and rankings are based on a standard PPR scoring format, and clearly the landing spots for these incoming rookie rushers will determine a lot, so you can bet that we will have some updates to this content following the 2013 NFL Draft!
1. Montee Ball – RB (Wisconsin)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 214 | Forty: 4.66
2/25/13 Combine Update: While Montee Ball didn’t do anything during his combine workouts to elevate his draft status, he by no means hurt his draft value. Although, weighing in at 214 pounds, vs. the projected 210, was a huge plus in my eyes. While my predictions are at the mercy of NFL coaches, Ball remains my No. 1 ranked rookie runner from this 2013 class… Landing spots will determine everything with this 2013 NFL rookie running back class, so stay tuned!
2/15/13: It’s crazy how far this guy has fallen according to most fantasy experts and writers. I’ve seen Montee Ball ranked as low as 8-10 as far as rookie rushers go, and I rarely see him anywhere near No. 1… Ball really should have entered last year’s 2012 NFL Draft, as he now has grips of people doubting him entering 2013… I don’t doubt him, I can’t emphasize that enough, but if a majority of NFL coaches do, Ball could get passed over by good situations and end up getting stuck in an awful RBBC. Some call the rusher too small, but he is the same weight as Ray Rice, and he is actually an inch or two taller… I see elite talent in this kid, and if the youtube footage below doesn’t convince you that he has elite upside, how about 1,830 rushing yards and 22TDs in 2012, and of course his 1,923 rushing yards and 33TDs in 2011 (39 if you include his 6 receiving TDs.. yeah, that wasn’t a typo… 39!)… he even had 18 rushing scores in 2011. The dude can play, and he can score like no other runner in this draft. He also had five games last year with over 160 yards rushing.
Ball has that “it” factor, it’s just a matter of whether or not an NFL team drafts Ball to start, which is something we cannot control. I admit it, this is a bold ranking given the uncertainty surround his perceived stock/value, so know that, but also know that I see no other runner in this 2013 rookie running back class that can make a bigger fantasy slash than Ball.
2. Le’Veon Bell – RB (Michigan State)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 230 | Forty: 4:60
2/25/13 Combine Update: Scouting incoming fantasy rookies is a process, and if you scout right, you’re going to