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Ranking the Rookie Running Back Stars

As we close in on the 2017 fantasy playoffs, it’s become increasingly clear that we’re witnessing one of the best running back classes in recent memory. With five stars who could be ranked in almost any order, I wanted to take a closer look at their scoring profiles, examine their pros and cons, and evaluate who will be the biggest dynasty forces in the future.

The 2017 Rookies

PLAYERruATTSruYDSruYPCruTDSreTRGSreRECSreYDSreTDSPPR
Kareem Hunt1558005.2437323312181.1
Alvin Kamara644176.5454433732158
Leonard Fournette1476294.3624171491136.8
Christian McCaffrey641832.9172544062130.9
Tarik Cohen552294.214129247193.65
Joe Mixon107321332421207091.8
Austin Ekeler25124512319179373.3
Dalvin Cook743544.82161190067.4
Marlon Mack592163.722012129164.5
Aaron Jones693675.3316816064.3
Matt Breida522194.213117124163.3
Corey Clement481863.934346256.2
Elijah McGuire692593.811510100051.9
Wayne Gallman482044.20151152142.6
Chris Carson492084.208759139.7
Samaje Perine662103.206655138.5
D'Onta Foreman682623.905368036
Jamaal Williams311013.315545025.6
James Conner191015.30100010.1
I’m extremely high on Tarik Cohen, Aaron Jones, Marlon Mack, D’Onta Foreman, and Austin Ekeler, but let’s narrow today’s exploration to the biggest names.

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By Shawn Siegele | @ff_contrarian | Archive

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  1. Green for Tevin and Thielen would be a big win. It would be closer for Kamara and Shepard but also a solid play with your receiver depth. Perhaps the Kamara owner has someone slightly more appealing than Shepard.

    Gurley is the back I would target in a 1-for-1.

  2. Thielen has a lot more value than Shepard, which is what I'm going after there. I prefer Kamara to Tevin, but the numbers should be relatively close, and Coleman has immense potential in the short term.

  3. @kdenigris I like the options you get by bringing on two quality players. It's probably a stretch to say Thielen is equal to Green, but his scoring has been elite and his peripherals are fantastic. This isn't a one-month deal either. He's been on fire stretching back into 2016. With the Buffalo offense cratering, I don't think McCoy provides enough of an advantage to go that route.

    @oaxacaflocka I love Tevin and Cooks, but you almost have to take that. Seems like there have to be some other options at RB either on your bench or on the WW. Am I understanding your RBs correctly?

  4. That looks extremely strong. You might be able to package Thompson and Amari for a slight upgrade at WR, but sitting tight should work with such a loaded squad.

  5. In the current conception of the trade, he's getting the key player in Kamara.

    If you can get him to take

    Cooks
    Perine
    Corey Coleman
    Henry
    Martavis

    for

    Julio
    Hunt
    (and maybe a third player)

    then I think it makes some sense, but otherwise I don't see you really upgrading in going from Kamara/Cooks to Hunt/Julio. It's always possible Julio breaks out, of course, but it's also possible Cooks has a really big finish, and I'd prefer Kamara to Hunt.

    Does that make sense?

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