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Three running backs to target in your NFL fantasy draft

  • Three running backs to target in your NFL fantasy draft

    CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2016 NFL season is finally drawing near. With just over a week until the campaign gets underway, fantasy fans will be sweating over who to select. No fear, we are here to help you win the virtual championship this season – here are three running backs who you should consider drafting for your fantasy league picks.


Just draft David Johnson in the first round – you won’t regret it. The Arizona Cardinals man is widely regarded as one of the elite running backs in fantasy football and plenty of players will be keen to pick him up this year. Johnson was simply sublime last season and he faces very little competition for the starting role in a rush-heavy offense.

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In fact, Johnson will have one eye on finishing as the top scoring back in 2016 and he is one of the very few ‘three-down’ stars in the NFL. If you miss out on the three elite wide receivers, definitely draft David Johnson. With Bruce Arians at the helm, Arizona will once again be there or thereabouts at the business end of the season and their offensive prowess will keep the points ticking over. Don't pass on Johnson if possible; he's just too good.


Le’Veon Bell is coming off a serious knee injury but he still remains a top prospect in fantasy football – especially as Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the entire 2016 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense might just be the best in the NFL and Antonio Brown’s threat at wide receiver will help Bell’s cause throughout the campaign.


At the time of writing, Mike Tomlin’s men are 12/1 to win the Super Bowl with Bet365 and Bell’s return in Week 4 will give the Steelers a potent option at running back. If you are sneaky, you could secure Bell in the late second/early third and snag DeAngelo Williams in the later rounds. That way, you can reap rewards from Williams until Bell returns and then either try and force a trade deal whilst the former Carolina Panthers back has some value, or keep Williams on your roster in case his team-mate suffers another injury.


Last season, the San Francisco 49ers struggled to inspire confidence on offense as Jim Tomsula's men slipped to a 5-11 season. However, it has been all-change in the offseason - with former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly taking over at the helm. Carlos Hyde could be the main beneficiary from Kelly's arrival. In addition, the new coach may roll with his rapid-fire offense and that should mean Hyde gets more touches during open play.

In 2015, Hyde, Jarryd Hayne - who now plays fullback for the Gold Coast Titans in the NFL - and Reggie Bush couldn't get much going but Hyde could be the man to step up to the plate and lead the 49ers to a much improved year. He's certainly worth picking up in the fourth round; especially if you manage to acquire Johnson, Todd Gurley or even Lamar Miller in the opening round of the draft.

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