ADP Update: Rookie Running Backs

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Last week we looked at how the rookie wide receivers were faring in redraft mocks.  This week, let's take a look at where the running backs have landed in redraft standard scoring 12-team ADP.

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Bishop Sankey - (TEN) ADP: 3.11

Leading the 2014 class of rookie RBs is the #54 pick in the NFL draft. The Titans needed a new feature bellcow back, and they got one in Sankey.  The knock on him is that he's a tad small, and just all-around average.  However, he is most likely good enough to grab a hold of the starting job and not let go.  You'll have to decide for yourself if you want to spend a 3rd round pick on the unproven rookie though.

Terrance West - (CLE) ADP: 9.06

My how things change.  This time last year, Trent Richardson was a consensus first round pick.  After his trade to the Colts, and the Browns' subsequent parade of nobodies at running back, the Browns have rebooted with the injury-prone Ben Tate, and 3rd round rookie Terrance West, and UDFA Isaiah Crowell.  West is a small school standout who rushed for 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns last season.  Seriously, 41 touchdowns in one season.  He has a lot of upside if his game can transition well to the NFL level.

Jeremy Hill - (CIN) ADP: 9.12

Giovani Bernard is still the starter, and will still get plenty of touches on his own.  However, Hill is a bruising complimentary back who has a good shot at getting carries in the red zone. BJGE has dropped off the ADP charts at this point, as it's expected that Hill fills his role and does it even better.

Devonta Freeman - (ATL) ADP: 10.08

The Falcons relied on veteran running back Steven Jackson in 2013, but his stats are dropping off. It's debatable if the future of the Falcons running game will rely on Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers, or someone not yet on the roster.  However, in the 10th round, it's worth a shot to grab the guy backing up a nearly 31-year-old running back.

Carlos Hyde - (SF) ADP: 11.02

Touted by some NFL draft experts as the best running back in this class, Carlos Hyde's route to playing time this year is muddy.  With Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, and Marcus Lattimore all back there, it will take an injury or two to help Hyde gain significant fantasy value this year.

Tre Mason - (STL) ADP: 12.02

Tre Mason joins the Rams in the shadow of Zac Stacy. Stacy proved he can put up solid numbers in the second half 2013, and is still on top of the depth chart.  However, Mason is arguably the better back and has a lot of potential. Whether or not he will share some carries with Stacy is yet to be seen. He'll likely need to work on his pass protection if he wants to get on the field though.

Other notable running backs to watch through training camp include Charles Sims, Jerick McKinnon, Dri Archer, Andre Williams, Ka'Deem Carey, De'Anthony Thomas, James White, and Lorenzo Taliaferro.

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