Welcome sports fans back to What’s Your Fantasy? Today we will dive into the running backs in the league. Running backs nowadays may play second to the passing game, but there was a time where running backs would put up numbers that were unheralded by today’s standards. Shaun Alexander once had 27 rushing touchdowns as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2005. The year after that, LaDainian Tomlinson would go on to score 28 rushing TDs as a member of the San Diego Chargers. These are numbers that still to this day have not been beaten and it is unlikely that we will ever see those numbers be matched or broken due to the priority of quarterbacks and slingin’ the ball through the air. The running game is starting to see a bit of a comeback in the past couple of years and it has all been spearheaded by the rookies and other younger players in the league. Let’s take a look at The Dollars And Sense Sports Blog running back projections of the 2018 NFL season.
The Big Dogs
2018 Projections: 1,214 rushing yards, 8 TDs, 51 receptions, 611 receiving yards, 4 receiving TDs
The 2017 All-Rookie Team member shocked the NFL landscape when he led the league in rushing yardage. Hunt will be poised for another big year it would seem, as the Andy Reid-led Chiefs are primed for another big offensive year. Kareem Hunt’s ability to run well and catch the ball efficiently will make these numbers highly obtainable.
2018 Projections: 1,373 rushing yards, 15 TDs, 59 receptions, 702 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs
Todd Gurley may arguably be the best running back in football and possibly had an argument that he should’ve been league MVP. as 2017’s all-purpose yard and total TD leader, We see another strong season from Mr. Gurley as his numbers will rival that of last year. He will undoubtedly be the best running back in the league if healthy and will receive another All-Pro spot.
2018 Projections: 1,321 rushing yards, 13 TDs, 30 receptions 391 receiving yards
Ezekiel Elliot is the key to the Ferrari, but he is also the Ferrari himself. The Cowboys, if they are smart, should give Zeke the ball every single play of the game for any chance of victory due to the pedestrian nature of their offense and the regression of Dak Prescott. “Feed Zeke” has become a trend nowadays, the Cowboys will lose if they leave him hungry.
2018 Projections: 1,148 rushing yards, 11 TDs, 68 receptions, 728 receiving yards, 4 TDs
The Giants first-round pick out of Penn State has been lauded by many football people as “the next big thing”. His general manager Dave Gettleman has claimed that Saquon Barkley is “touched by the hand of God”. We’re pretty sure God makes for a very high endorsement as Barkley seems to be a runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year. We share the same sentiments here at The D.A.S as Saquon has all the physical and mental tools to be successful. The burning question is if Barkley has enough around him to be great as The Giants have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL which would hamper even the best of running backs. Still, we see a big season from Saquon Barkley.
2018 Projections: 904 rushing yards, 7 TDs, 85 receptions, 911 receiving yards, 6 receiving TDs
Powered by AirHeads and a hard running style, Alvin Kamara is quite possibly the best blend of receiving talent and natural running ability in the NFL today. The Saints offense is already loaded with weapons, but the 2017 Rookie of the Year takes their offense to even another level. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara provided a “thunder and lightning” running style where Ingram provided the power running and Kamara provided the flash and speed. Mark Ingram will be suspended for the first four games of the season due to a PED-violation which will undoubtedly accelerate Kamara’s usage. The Saints unwillingness to use Kamara as a traditional back will keep his rushing yards low, but his receptions and receiving yards will rival that of wide receivers.
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