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2015 Fantasy Football Rankings – Running Backs

A list of the top running backs to draft for the 2015 fantasy football season.

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1. Le'Veon Bell (PIT)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2015 Projections View Le'Veon Bell's 2015 projected stats.

Bell established himself as the Steelers' bell cow last year, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards and staying healthy all season after missing the first three games of his rookie campaign with a foot injury. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, Bell's power, vision and patience are complemented by surprising agility for his size (6-1, 244), allowing him to slip tackles nearly as often as he simply runs through them. His breakout performance was boosted by an excellent run-blocking offensive line that was one of the league's best at denying penetration, ensuring Bell had time to find holes as they developed. He also showed dramatic improvement as a receiver, finishing second on the team to Antonio Brown with 105 targets. And despite the Steelers' penchant for passing in the red zone they were fourth in the league in red-zone pass percentage (61.7) Bell scored nine of his 11 touchdowns in the red zone, including three receiving touchdowns on 13 targets (T-1st among RB). Bell is suspended for the first two games because of a substance abuse policy violation, but otherwise is well-positioned for another big year.

2. Adrian Peterson (MIN)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2015 Projections View Adrian Peterson's 2015 projected stats.

For the second time in four years, Peterson missed a significant portion of the season, but this time injury wasn't to blame. Peterson played one game last year before being sidelined the rest of the season for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. On the field, he still appeared to be at his peak, possessing the same elite blend of size, speed, burst, power and balance that he brought into the league, combined with the improved vision and pass-catching skills he's developed with experience. The last time Peterson had an extended break, he returned to post a 2,000-yard rushing season and 6.0 YPC, but the picture isn't quite as rosy in 2015. Lost in last season's scandal was that he was coming off groin surgery, and while Peterson likely has at least one more big season left in him, the downside of his career could be looming. He's 30 years old with 2,054 carries worth of wear and tear on his body.

3. Eddie Lacy (GB)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2015 Projections View Eddie Lacy's 2015 projected stats.

Lacy's second season in the NFL built well on his rookie success, as he improved his efficiency, saw more targets and stayed on the field for a full 16 games. A prototypical power back at 5-11, 230, Lacy has patience and burst through the hole, but it's the sheer difficulty in bringing him down that's his standout skill. He runs with power and a low pad level, but also has surprising agility and athleticism, allowing him to break through arm tackles and dance around (or even over) unprepared defenders. The combination helped him finish second in yards after contact and third in broken tackles. He was just as elusive in the open field, averaging 10.9 yards after the catch (3rd) to finish sixth in receiving yards among running backs. The Packers' reputation as a pass-heavy offense began to shift in 2014 as the team tried to save some wear and tear on Aaron Rodgers, ranking 22nd in pass-play percentage, down from 11th the year before. With an increased focus on the running game, and no real competition on the depth chart for even the third-down role, Lacy figures to have his most productive season yet in 2015.

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