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Young Running Backs with Big Question Marks
Most are ready to anoint David Johnson as the next great running back for fantasy football. He is a physical runner that can get to top speed quickly. Johnson has also shown the ability in the passing game that only adds to his value. A three week stretch during Weeks 13-15 tallying 378 yards and 3 touchdowns left an imprint on fantasy owners. While all signs point to Johnson being the real deal including two of rankers putting him as their third back for 2016, there is some reason to be cautious. Just looks back a season ago when both C.J. Anderson and Jeremy Hill underwhelmed during their second season as a pro. David Johnson has a wide range of outcomes for 2016 including the best player in fantasy or a guy that is in a time share with Chris Johnson who was good when healthy last year.
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in his first start for the Seahawks, Thomas Rawls ran the ball 16 times for 104 yards against the Chicago Bears. He followed that up with a less than impressive performance against the Lions but rebounded with a massive game against the Bengals. He ran for 169 yards and a score in that game. Lynch returned following this performance though it would not be the end of the Rawls show. He had a 3 game run starting against San Francisco in November where he ran for 391 yards and had 4 total touchdowns.
There are concerns with Rawls who suffered a broken ankle and torn ligaments in a mid December game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Seahawks added both Alex Collins and C.J. Prosise in the draft showing they have very legitimate concerns about Rawls. Now news is surfacing that Collins may be in line for early carries.
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The Washington Redskins let Alfred Morris leave in free agency and Matt Jones appears to be in position to garner the most or all of the carries in DC. But Jones was from special in his first season with Washington. He had one really impressive game in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, rushing for 123 yards on 19 carries, finding the end zone twice. Outside of the game he had only 367 yards and 1 touchdown the rest of the season. Even for the final three games where he was “the guy” he only had 139 total yards on 46 carries. The potential for Jones to run away with the role is very much there but Keith Marshall and Chris Thompson will fight for touches especially if Jones falters.