1.  
RB  LAR
Rush Att
267
Rush Yds
1233
Rush TD
15
Rush Avg
4.6
Rec
54
Rec Yds
533
Rec TD
3
Rec Avg
9.9
Along with the rest of the Rams offense, Gurley thrived under new coach Sean McVay in 2017, leading the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,093) and touchdowns (19), scoring five more TDs than second-place Alvin Kamara despite sitting out a meaningless Week 17. In fact, Gurley's name was all over the leaderboards for running backs - first in goal-line carries, second in red-zone touches, fifth in runs of 15 yards or more and fifth in receptions, just to name a few categories. A physical specimen at 6-1, 227, he dominated defenders all over the field, as his sluggish form from the season before was replaced with the speed, explosiveness and elusiveness that were the hallmarks of his college days before he tore his ACL in November 2014. The Rams didn't rest on their laurels in the offseason, either. The team's offense could be even more dangerous after replacing Sammy Watkins with Brandin Cooks, and the Rams improved their depth along the offensive line in the draft. Defenses forced to choose between letting Jared Goff or Gurley beat them are likely to find there are no right answers, and there doesn't seem to be much that can slow Gurley down heading into 2018.
2.  
RB  NO
Rush Att
200
Rush Yds
922
Rush TD
7
Rush Avg
4.6
Rec
89
Rec Yds
799
Rec TD
4
Rec Avg
9.0
A third-round pick out of Tennessee last year, Kamara joined the Saints with some uncertainty as to his eventual role. Unable to earn a full workload in college despite flashes of brilliance, he seemed stuck behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, and there were concerns that the rookie wouldn't be able to stand up to an NFL pounding. One year later, those concerns have all been washed away in the flood of highlight-reel plays Kamara produced. He led running backs in receiving yards and also led the league in percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards, with 11 such runs on 120 totes (9.2 percent). His presence prevented defenses from keying on Ingram, and the duo became the first RB teammates in history to both top 1,500 scrimmage yards in a season. Kamara displays excellent speed and elusiveness, but it's his change-of-direction skills and world-class acceleration that really set him apart. He can explode into and through even the smallest hole before it closes, and his ability to shift gears, change direction and rev back up in the open field routinely makes defenders look foolish. Ingram is suspended the first four games of the season, and while the Saints say they don't want to increase Kamara's workload too much, it's hard not to get excited for the possibility of what he could do with an additional 5-8 touches per game.
3.  
RB  NYG
Rush Att
269
Rush Yds
1211
Rush TD
8
Rush Avg
4.5
Rec
71
Rec Yds
598
Rec TD
3
Rec Avg
8.4
The second overall pick in the 2018 draft, Barkley follows in the footsteps of Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette as running backs deemed worthy of top-five selections in recent years. Barkley has the skills to live up to that billing, as his standout career at Penn State was punctuated by frequent highlight-reel performances. Barkley's speed - a 4.4 40 at the combine - and top-shelf elusiveness and agility make it extremely difficult for defenders once he finds open real estate. At 6-0, 233, Barkley is a load to bring down, and his strong lower body allows him to pick up plenty of yards after contact, though he struggled at times running between the tackles. He also worked hard to turn himself into a three-down back who can help as a receiver and a pass protector, something the Giants needed to prioritize given their aging quarterback and shaky offensive line. The team did remake its line in the offseason, signing Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh as free agents and using a second-round pick on guard Will Hernandez, so Barkley should be able to use his moves to avoid hits two yards past the line of scrimmage instead of two yards behind it. Expect him to see a big workload as the new centerpiece of the Giants offense.
4.  
RB  LAC
Rush Att
267
Rush Yds
1110
Rush TD
8
Rush Avg
4.2
Rec
71
Rec Yds
580
Rec TD
4
Rec Avg
8.2
Playing a full 16-game schedule for the first time last year, Gordon unsurprisingly produced career highs nearly across the board, including 1,581 scrimmage yards. Even so, there remains something a bit disappointing about the 15th overall pick from the 2015 draft. While he's dangerous in the open field and has averaged six runs of 20 yards or more per season, Gordon's lack of vision and tendency to dance and improvise are problems compounded by a Chargers offensive line that has consistently been among the weaker units in the NFL during his tenure. Gordon misses more holes than he should, and as a result he's never produced even 4.0 YPC in a season, leaving him reliant on volume to stay productive. Fortunately, volume and red-zone opportunity aren't issues for him in offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's scheme, and the Chargers finally seem to have enough talent to cobble together a decent offensive line. Gordon was a big part of the passing game in 2017, and his 31 carries inside the 5-yard line the last two seasons put him second to only LeGarrette Blount (34). With scatback Austin Ekeler and seventh-round pick Justin Jackson as depth behind him, Gordon once again finds himself in a favorable position to pile up touches.
5.  
WR  PIT
Rec
100
Rec Yds
1451
Rec TD
8
Rec Avg
14.5
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
After a down year by his standards in 2016, Brown set the NFL ablaze again last year, leading the league in yards by a wide margin, despite missing two and a half games. In a down year for wide receivers, he was an absolute monster, though his timing - his calf injury came during the fantasy playoffs - wasn't ideal. Brown averaged 9.4 YPT, fifth among the league's 27 100-target WR, and 15.2 YPC (7th). He had five games with 150-plus receiving yards, a league-leading 27 catches for 20 or more yards and tied for second with seven catches of 40-plus. At 5-10, 181, and running a poorly timed 4.56 40, Brown resembles an average man more than a freak NFL receiver. But looks can be deceiving. Brown plays more like a 4.4 runner, and his electrifying quickness makes him just about cornerback-proof. Consider what he did to Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in the AFC divisional playoffs while coming back from the calf injury - seven catches on 11 targets for 132 yards and two TDs. Brown will turn 30 in July, reaching an age where most receivers are on their downsides, but small receivers typically age better than big ones, and given his long track record of good health and no signs whatsoever of decline, this shouldn't be a major concern. That Ben Roethlisberger - who also seemed at the top of his game during the playoff loss to Jacksonville - has committed to 2018 locks Brown in as the No. 1 WR on the board. Second-year man JuJu Smith-Schuster looks like a star in the making, but given the Steelers' narrow tree, his presence might add rather than detract from Brown's value. The one wild card is the departure of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, but given that he's being replaced by former quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, a major scheme overhaul is unlikely.
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