By Eighty Six @86ThePoet on July 26, 2014
Foster is 6-foot-1, 227 pounds. Fast, agile and powerful with good hands. Arian Foster of the Houston Texans went from un-drafted to possible #1 fantasy football draft pick. From 2010 to 2013, he was a fantasy beast. He racked up 5,702 total yards and 47 combined touchdowns on 1,115 touches in three years. But running backs age at rocket speed. He's no longer on top. Which RB may be next to explode on the scene and become a fantasy must-have?
Ball inherits the job that got Knowshon Moreno 1,586 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. He is set for a big season if he doesn't fumble the job away. Foster broke out in his second year. Ball can do it too. However, too much of his success is tied to Peyton Manning's presence. If Manning retires next year, Ball may not flourish. To be the next Arian Foster, you need at least three huge years.
Jennings has the speed, power and hands. With the Oakland Raiders, he got occasional touches for a struggling team when Darren McFadden was hurt. He did the best with limited chances. He totaled over 100 combined yards six times last year. If Eli Manning can be more reliable than Oakland's QB clown show of 2013, Jennings can be a very steady producer. Eli has more good years left in him than his brother.
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Michael to take Marshawn Lynch's job and that's just what he'll do. In a couple garbage time appearances last year, he looked ready to break one more tackle and be gone. Lynch has a lot of miles on him and is now holding out. When Michael gets his chance, he'll have a great young quarterback, a great defense and a coach that loves to run.
When the Arizona Cardinals lined Ellington out wide in 2013, he ran and caught like a wide receiver. He is as versatile as Foster, but at 5-foot-9 and 199 pounds he lacks the bruising size. But we're talking fantasy stats here. Fantasy football doesn't care how tiny you are if you get into the end-zone. With Rashard Mendenhall in his way, he still managed over 1,000 combined yards. Now Mendenhall is retired. It's Ellington's game.
Lacy broke out for a 1,432 yard, 11-touchdown rookie season. Aaron Rodgers is still in his prime. Green Bay's throw-throw-throw offense has finally found a runner. Jonathan Franklin, his main competition last year, is unfortunately retired with a neck injury. The 230-pound Lacy is in position to run, catch and score for as many years as his body can carry him. The next Arian Foster? Hopefully, and then some.
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