Top rookie running backs

So you’re in a dynasty league…

Recently held the 2018 Rookie Draft in my big boy league. The scoring format is unlike any other, so I can’t apply the principles to your league.

However, as an aside, if you ever want details on the league I run you can hit me up on @Tito971TheFan on twitter and ask me for the rundown.

Anyway, prepping for that rookie draft meant I had to study the new guys coming into the league and that gave me some insight on the top rookie running backs in the class of 2018:

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Barkley is the best bet, by far, to be the top rookie RB this season.

He has the best combination of size and speed, can be used as a receiver out of the backfield and the Giants have improved their offensive line.

It also helps that New York has Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram to provide threats beyond the line of scrimmage.

Prediction: 1,100 rushing yards; 400 receiving yards; 10 touchdowns

Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones is a talented back with big-play potential and he walks into a situation where the Bucs NEED a franchise back in the worst way.

Doug Martin is gone and there is no one on the roster with the skillset Jones brings to the table.

There is no reason why Jones won’t lead the Tampa Bay Bucs backs in touches.

Prediction: 980 rushing yards; 300 receiving yards; eight touchdowns

Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins

Much like the Tampa Bay situation, there isn’t a lot of competition for Guice.

Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson are underwhelming options.

Perine was a 4th-round pick last year and rushed for 603 yards, caught 22 passes for 182 more and scored twice. He’s 5-foot-10 and checks in at around 235 pounds.

Guice, meanwhile, is a little bit taller (5-11) and weighs a little less (224).

Thompson was solid at times last season and put up a pair of 100+ yard receiving games, so he will likely still have a big role – but Guice is the man.

Prediction: 900 rushing yards; 125 receiving yards; seven touchdowns

Sony Michel, New England Patriots

Can’t believe I am doing this. I never trust a Patriots running back, let alone a rookie.

Michel was selected #31 overall by the Patriots, so they must plan on using him frequently. Right? RIGHT??

There are plenty of bodies in the New England backfield.

They signed former Bengal Jeremy Hill. James White, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are still around.

Michel is 5-foot-11, 215 pounds and doesn’t have a ton of miles on his 23-year old body. At Georgia, he often shared carries.

Prediction: 950 rushing yards; 300 receiving yards; six touchdowns.