By Sean Cordy @SicEm18 on August 29, 2014
One of the worst things that can happen in football (fantasy or reality) is have your star running back go down. Of course, that's why there's backups. It takes a savvy GM to pick out the right one though, and these backups will certainly shine if the time arises.
Though he didn't shine too much in the preseason, Lance Dunbar still belongs on the list as he is likely to see some time as starter when DeMarco Murray inevitably gets injured. The third-year back averaged five yards per carry last season and as an undrafted RB, that's certainly something positive.
The rookie running back from Arizona certainly has a pedigree. With almost 2,000 yards and 19 TDs to his name, he's a force to reckon with - the Bears certainly realize this. If the preseason is of any indication, 10 touches could be in store for him, and if Forte goes down, Carey will rise up thanks to his experience.
Some people may think Michael should be higher. Marshawn Lynch seems bound for an injury after his workhorse seasons, but Michael is far from the starting job. He's been impressive in camp, and was able to find the end zone during the preseason, but with a low yards per carry. But if Lynch does get hurt, plenty of playing time is in store for the second-year back.
I love this guy's potential. He was the top RB in three combine events this season, and had over 2,000 yards from scrimmage last season at Boston College. But he impressed me just as much during his preseason action. Out of his four games, he averaged over five yards a carry three times, and found the touchdown once. If Rashad Jennings doesn't perform better, Williams could take over as the starter.
Freeman is in the same boat as Williams. He's a star coming out of college, and has been thoroughly impressive in preseason action. Williams is arguably more talented, but with Steven Jackson in decline already, I can see Freeman slowly working into the starting role from Week 1. Eventually it could be a 50-50 split for the two Falcons backs. As a fourteenth round pick, Freeman's difficult to pass on.
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