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Buffone Fantasy Guide RBs 16-20: Looking For Value

Posted By John Buffone On Jul 21 2011 @ 11:23 am In Fantasy Football | 1 Comment

With the top 15 backs already decided, it’s time to look for some upside value in picks 16-20. These are the picks where as an owner, you can make a reach in hope that your draft pick has a breakout season.

Running backs 1-5 [1]           Running backs 11-15 [2]

Running backs 6-10 [3]



If healthy, Moreno could make leaps and bounds from last year.



#16- Knowshon Moreno: RB-Denver Broncos

Age: 23

Height: 5’11

Weight: 210

Bye Week: 6

Keeper Status: Good



2010 Stats:

Rushing: 779 yards            5 TD

Receiving: 37 Rec.            372 yards            3 TD


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1079 yards            7 TD

Receiving:            35 Rec.            355 yards            2 TD


Moreno had a rough sophomore year as he battled injuries throughout the season but was still very serviceable at times. Moreno was also stunted early in the season by the Broncos’ “throw first” attitude with quarterback Kyle Orton and head coach Josh McDaniels at the helm. With the QB situation up in the air now, Moreno could benefit if Tim Tebow gets handed the reigns. With Tebow adjusting to the learning curve, the offense could find itself leaning on Moreno for support while their quarterback finds his rhythm.




#17- Ahmad Bradshaw:RB-New York Giants


Bradshaw could see an increased role in traditionally committee-ruled backfield.


Age: 25

Height: 5’9

Weight: 198

Bye Week: 7

Keeper Status: Fair


2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1235 yards            8 TD

Receiving: 47 Rec.        314yards         0 TD



2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1115 yards            7 TD           

Receiving: 29 Rec.             235 yards            1 TD


Bradshaw is usually a back that owners shy away from because of the committee system that the Giants use at running back. However, Bradshaw held his own in 2010 when he rushed for over 400 more yards than Brandon Jacobs and made a case to be the all-around #1 back in New York. Some of Bradshaw’s touchdowns will get scavenged but he makes up for it by being the best receiving back on the team.



#18- Jonathan Stewart: RB- Carolina Panthers


If and when DeAngelo Williams leaves Carolina, Stewart will be the featured back.


Age: 24

Height: 5’10

Weight: 235

Bye Week: 9

Keeper Status: Good


2010 Stats:

Rushing: 770 yards            2 TD

Receiving: 8 Rec.     103 yards      1 TD



2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1105 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 11 Rec.            115 yards            1 TD


With DeAngelo Williams probably hitting the dusty trail, Stewart will finally be slotted into the #1 spot for the Panthers this year. However, with the emergence of Mike Goodson last season, Stewart will still find himself splitting his carries to an extent. With either rookie Cam Newton or second-year man Jimmy Clausen taking the snaps, Stewart shouldn’t be concerned about his workload as much as he should be about staying healthy.


#19- Cedric Benson:RB-Cincinatti Bengals


If he's a Bengal, Benson could be the only seasoned vet left in the Cincinnati offense.

Age: 28

Height: 5’11

Weight: 227

Bye Week: 7

Keeper Status: Fair




2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1111 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 28 Rec.            178 yards            1 TD


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1185 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 11 Rec.            70 yards            0 TD


As of now, we’ll assume that Benson is going to play for the Bengals in 2011. With the new slew of players being plugged into the offensive system (WR A.J. Green, QB Andy Dalton, G Clint Boling) and the potential players leaving it (QB Carson Palmer, WR Chad Ochocinco, WR Terrell Owens), the Bengals need some sort of consistency to get them through 2011. Benson may not as big of an impact as some may hype him up to be, but he’ll be a reliable shoulder to lean on for the youngsters rolling in (for on-the-field situations at least).


#20- Daniel Thomas: RB- Miami Dolphins


Thomas could hit the ground running in Miami.


Age: 23

Height: 6’2

Weight: 227

Bye Week: 5

Keeper Status: Good




2010 Stats:

Rushing: N/A

Receiving: N/A


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 856 yards            5 TD

Receiving: 31 Rec.            243 yards            3 TD


The first rookie is off the board and it isn’t Mark Ingram. Thomas was the 62nd overall pick in this year’s draft coming off an impressive career at Kansas State and pending the futures of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, could be starting from day 1. It figures that the Dolphins would draft Thomas seeing that he is a former quarterback and can relate to their wildcat formation relatively well. Thomas is a bruising style running back and will not only be used in wildcat formations, but also in the short yardage game. Thomas is worth a third round pick if you’re looking for value.

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