Average Draft Position (or ADP) is similar to an STD at a state college (I’ve heard). Any experienced site has it and there seems to be an endless combination of subtle differences between them. We’ll focus specifically on running back ADP values.
You need to protect yourself against ADPs but in order to do so you’ll need to educate yourself on the warning signs. You’ll need to know when it’s safe to proceed and when the ADP is simply too risky to touch. Some of these ADPs I wouldn’t even touch with your draft.
The majority of the big names at the RB position are relatively similar, perhaps a difference of simply a pick or two but if you’re using the Zero RB strategy or looking to handcuff your starter, this is good info to have.
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Running Back ADP Values on ESPN, Yahoo & CBS
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We can see from the sheer volume of running backs on the list, Yahoo doesn’t value the position quite as highly as ESPN or CBS. This is evident almost immediately with Adrian Peterson lasting until almost the end of the first round. The biggest standout among the top level RBs is Devonta Freeman, lasting until the late second round. I would be thrilled to take an elite WR with my first pick and still wind up with Freeman as my RB 1.
Latavius Murray is going almost twice as late on Yahoo as he is on CBS. That’s a value I would be sure to jump on. Even if DeAndre Washington becomes the passing down back, Murray should see enough touches to be a solid RB2 in Oakland.
Pass catching RBs like Giovani Bernard and Danny Woodhead also stand out. Given the struggles of Jeremy Hill and Melvin Gordon last season, it’s conceivable that both of these backs see enough volume to justify a higher ADP.
T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry, LeGarrette Blount and Isaiah Crowell all fit the big back mold, the types of players who could find themselves with a TD heavy season. In standard scoring leagues, that’s worth the risk.
Running back values aren’t quite as plentiful on ESPN. LeVeon Bell lasting until round 2 should give someone at the end of round 1 an opportunity they may not be expecting. The value that jumps off the page is Jamaal Charles lasting until pick 21. Starting your season with the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Jamaal Charles sounds amazing. Where do I sign up for that?
The real value on ESPN is late in drafts. Alfred Morris has looked great this preseason and while we all expect Ezekiel Elliott to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after the season, if he under-performs or goes down, Morris would be a borderline RB 1 in the Dallas offense.
Javorius Allen, Kenneth Dixon and Paul Perkins should all be, at the very least, a contributing member of a running back by committee. Some in the industry are high on Justin Forsett. I’m not. Watching Allen and Dixon tells me they’re a younger, most explosive version of what Forsett offers. You can be high on Rashad Jennings if you choose, until he gets injured, again. Perkins is the most talented RB on the Giants roster. If he gets an opportunity, I’m all in.
CBS offers little value when it comes to the RB position. There are a few who could be difference makers, however. Derrick Henry is one of the more underrated RBs of 2016. I’d gladly take him a round or two higher than he’s going on CBS. Luckily, I shouldn’t need to and I can simply wait and get great value. Bilal Powell and Chris Johnson are a Matt Forte and David Johnson injury away from a significant number of touches. You could do much worse with a pick in rounds 12-16.
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