One of the most underrated things about sports today is the consistent development of younger players making the next step to becoming a great professional player. In the NFL, it was once thought to be the hardest thing for a rookie to be able to come into the league and dominate the supremely talented players that currently own roster spots. Last year is the Cowboy tandem in Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliot who came in and played the same type of football that they have their whole lives that lead them to the best record in the league. This year, it’s not one team but one position where the rookies have seemed to outclass their counterparts especially in fantasy football leagues.
The 2017’s rookie class for running backs have came into the league and balled since the very first day of the NFL regular season. First, we have to talk about Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs. Hunt, third round pick in 2017, got the opportunity to be the team’s featured back once incumbent starter, Spencer Ware, tore his knee up and is slated to miss the rest of the season. Hunt has had his number called and answered every time. Against the reigning NFL champions, the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Kareem Hunt had close to 150 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards with two touchdowns. He absolutely dominated and shattered numerous NFL records in the process during his first two NFL regular season games. In the top 10 of daily fantasy football running backs, there are three rookies. Hunt is the leader of the entire NFL league in terms of fantasy points, and then Tarik Cohen comes in at number seven and Leonard Fournette (the first drafted running back in the NFL draft) comes in at number nine. Hunt is a hybrid combination of Cohen and Fournette in the best of both ways. Hunt has the shiftiness and pass-catching ability like Cohen and the downhill running and balance of dominant runner like Fournette. These three backs with the other big name talents in this draft class like Dalvin Cook and Christian Mccaffrey and you can start to see the new age of running back talent for the NFL.
For fantasy football leagues that are keeper leagues where you draft a player with the intention of keeping them for years to come, look to target any and all of these dynamic new running backs. Don’t be surprised if one or two are the two next superstars of the running back position in one that is already talented with the likes of David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell.