2015 is a season filled with question marks at the running back position, and that increases the chances of you selecting running back busts.
Fantasy Football stars like DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore have all switched teams, and rookie running backs like Melvin Gordon and T.J. Yeldon were handed the keys for the starting jobs in their first seasons. There is a lot of talent at the position, but you have to navigate your way through crowded backfields and players fighting to climb the depth charts.
You can gain a consensus of how our staff writers feel about the position in our SCFE Staff’s 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, and you’ll notice how we all shared very different opinions on who should be the top of the list for best back in 2015.
Some backs will have more value than others in different formats, but generally, the running back busts are going to let you down in almost any format. Sometimes people think they are getting a steal by drafting a running back other players are avoiding, but these are players are available late for a reason.
You can view our list of players at different positions we feel are overrated here, but let’s get into the running back busts you want to avoid in your 2015 Fantasy Football league.
2015 Running Back Busts
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
One of the biggest reasons I’m not sold on Carlos Hyde is the amount of touches Reggie Bush will see. This is the first year that Colin Kaepernick has a true dual-threat back, and the mobility of Kaepernick mixed with Bush’s ability to catch the ball will cause headaches for defense coordinators. Gore only saw 11 catches for 111 yards last season, but he was also on the field less with only 255 rushing attempts. Hyde has also missed out on practice time early in the season, which left Bush to operate with the first team and build rapport with his new quarterback. New head coach Jim Tomsula stated that Bush was not just a gadget player, and the 30-year old running back has shown he can be an every-down back. In coach talk, I believe that means Tomsula wouldn’t be afraid to have Bush out there as the starting back if need be.
The 49ers have also lost power blockers Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis, which Hyde’s bread and butter is to just bulldoze his way up the field. It’s also important to keep this name on your radar: Mike Davis. Davis was a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and he is expected to be the primary back-up for Hyde. While Davis doesn’t necessarily excel at one thing, he is a solid back who has a larger skill set than Hyde. While Hyde only recorded 34 catches in his entire college career, Davis hauled in 32 passes for 368 yards in just his final season in college. Each back recorded a similar 40-yard dash time at their respective combines, and if the rookie can catch passes, why wouldn’t the 49ers want a back a who has more than one dimension to his game?
With an ADP in Round 4, I would much rather have C.J. Spiller, Andre Ellington, Latavius Murray or Jonathan Stewart.
Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
— #TexansCamp (@HoustonTexans) August 10, 2015
One of the misconceptions with handcuffing players is that the backup can replicate the value of a starter. Sometimes that can be true, but Blue does not offer the same type of talent as Arian Foster.
I wrote an article about the backfield for the Houston Texans, and I featured why Blue was not a replacement who could offer consistent Fantasy production. He is most likely going to be a part of some type of committee with Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk, and the Texans even brought in Pierre Thomas for a workout. This backfield is far from settled, but Blue is still being drafted over Shane Vereen and Tre Mason.
Blue had limited involvement as a receiver in college, and a big part of Foster’s game is his ability to catch the ball. He hauled in five touchdown catches last season, and I don’t expect Blue to contribute very much as a receiver.
Don’t think twice about passing over this committee running back.
Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 2, 2015
Back in May, I took a look at Bell and Ameer Abdullah. In the article, I said I wasn’t a big fan of Bell because he was recovering from two surgeries and just turned 29 at the start of August. He’s still trying to recover from his surgeries, which means Abdullah has had plenty of time to show what he can do in Bell’s absence.
Abdullah was recently praised for his protection skills, which means he will receive more opportunities to be on the field. Abdullah is viewed as a potential replacement for Bush, and Bush had a nice season in 2013 with 1,006 rushing yards, 506 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns. I think Bell’s ADP will climb when he is cleared to practice and play in preseason games, which turns him into an even bigger bust.
I think some people view him as a sleeper, but I’m looking at him on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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