Following last year’s excellent first-year class, first-year players face a difficult assignment, particularly at quarterback and running back.
Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck were two guys in the 2018 NFL Draft that stood out in terms of fantasy football potential. Expectations are lower for this year’s team, but we witnessed last year how first-year players might make an immediate impact. There are some players with high long-term value at running back.
Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers is one of the top running backs in the NFL
Running backs Lacy, Franklin, DuJuan Harris, and Alex Green all play for the Packers, who are always looking for a rushing threat. Lacy, a three-down danger, may enter the game right away if he is healthy.
Lacy’s ability as a runner, though, may have been overshadowed by health problems, which kept him out of the first round. Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will have plenty of opportunities to run and catch while teams are focused on stopping Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Eddie Lacy, the Packers’ running back, has a promising future.
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Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals is a running back
Fortunately, the Bengals already have BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard Scott, and Cedric Peerman on their roster. Bernard, who was selected in the second round for a reason, has a quicker initial step than other running backs. He also possesses the pass-catching ability, so he should be an excellent addition to Green-Ellis’ offense.
Bernard lacks the tools to be an every-down back as a pure bell cow, but his versatility and speed make him a possible long-term option at the proper price. The Bengals are determined to do everything possible to turn him into a productive member of the offense.
Le’Veon Bell, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Impact: Bell will join veterans Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, and LaRod Stephens-Howling in Pittsburgh’s open backfield. If Bell establishes himself as Pittsburgh’s go-to man in the end zone early on, his fantasy worth as a rookie might skyrocket.
Bell, who led the Big Ten in rushing last season, has the potential to be an every-down back and, with no competition in the Steelers’ backfield, may take over from the start. He has a lot of potential if he finds a team with a solid running game.
The 58th pick in the draught’s second round
Immediate impact: Ball, who was taken early but by a team with a stable of running backs, is one of fantasy owners’ most pressing concerns. Denver’s bright young players include Ronnie Hillman, a second-round pick last year, Willis McGahee, and Knowshon Moreno. However, if Ball performs well in training camp, McGahee may become a team surplus item. For the time being, we’ll have to watch how Denver employs Ball.
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