We are just a couple months away before it’s time to start drafting for the 2015 Fantasy Football season. With lots of big name players on the move this offseason, new opportunities have opened up for players looking to show they belong in the NFL. Here are five running backs who you should keep an eye on heading into the 2015 season.
With Frank Gore now in Indianapolis, it will be the Carlos Hyde show in San Francisco. Last season, Hyde was given limited attempts; however, this will change in 2015. Hyde will be effective at running the ball inside, and will get all of the goal line touches. If Hyde can improve in the pass game, than he will be a serious dual threat back in the NFL. Overall, Hyde should be a solid number two back in standard leagues.
When DeMarco Murray decided to leave Dallas for division rival Philadelphia, the Cowboys were quick at signing former top five pick Darren McFadden. Throughout the duration of his career, McFadden has been hampered by injuries, and just can’t seem to stay on the field. This season; however, should be a different story. McFadden will be playing behind the leagues best offensive line, and will be given plenty of touches. Don’t be surprised if we see McFadden break some home runs just like he did in college. If he can stay healthy McFadden will be a low end number one back, but a very solid number two.
Another player who has been hampered by injuries is new Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams. With Le’Veon Bell suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season, drafting Williams is a no brainer. The Steelers have a solid offensive line, so Williams should thrive in the first three weeks of the season. There is no doubt that Bell will resume the starting role when his suspension has concluded, so Williams should be available in the mid rounds of most drafts.
With the Raiders losing two veterans at the running back position, it is a great opportunity for Latavius Murray to prove he can start at the NFL level. Murray is a very big back who isn’t afraid to run over defenders. If Murray can avoid injury in 2015, he could be one of the steals at the position. Murray should be available in the mid rounds in the majority of drafts.
The San Diego Chargers let former first rounder Ryan Matthews walk in free agency, and with Danny Woodhead coming off of a significant injury, it looks like Branden Oliver may be the most likely back to start. Oliver is rather small at 5’7” however, he isn’t afraid to get the tough yards up the middle. He can be effective in the passing game as well, as he is difficult to bring down in the open field. Oliver will be a solid option in the mid to late rounds in the draft.