Top 15 Sophomore Running Backs
RB Khiry Robinson, --- - Sleeper (undervalued)
Robinson had a limited role last season, but looked good when he got his opportunities. With Sproles gone and Mark Ingram being almost completely useless, Robinson should get plenty of opportunities in 2014. He will most likely end up splitting touches with Pierre Thomas; which ever player has the hot hand will most likely be getting the most touches. Robinson is definitely a back to keep your eye on in 2014. *FFToolbox Breakout Candidate
RB Mike James, DET - Fantasy Handcuff
Who? Mike James! Who? Mike James! Hopefully someone gets my Mike Jones reference. Mike James (another fine product of "The U") played shockingly well last year when given the opportunity. However, it was short lived. After getting the starting nod due to injuries, he also succumbed to injury. With a new coach, healthy Doug Martin, and the Bucs drafting a rookie back, a lot is up in the air in the Tampa backfield. The talent is there, but health and situation is a big question. As usual, my admitted Miami bias may have moved him up this list a little bit, but I've been watching this guy for years and know what he's capable of.
RB Christine Michael, --- - Fantasy Handcuff
Everyone talks about how much they love his talent. And I believe the talent is there, but he has one major issue: "Beast Mode". There is a skittle eating, injury cart stealing, dreadlocked monster that must be fed ahead of him on the depth chart. There have been conflicting reports out of Seattle. Apparently they want to get Michael more touches without decreasing Lynch's touches. Michael could be a very good back, but unless Lynch gets injured, I don't see the Seahawks going away from Lynch all that often.
RB Knile Davis, --- - Fantasy Handcuff
The jury is still out on Davis for me. Charles isn't the most durable back (and they do give other backs the chance to get some touches), but Charles is the undisputed top guy in KC. Davis will get some touches, but he is nothing more than a handcuff with a lot of upside at this point. I do expect him to get more touches than most handcuffs would.
RB Johnathan Franklin, --- - Fantasy Handcuff
Franklin is a very talented running back out of UCLA. He is another guy that may not get much opportunity. They will run Eddie Lacy until the wheels fall off, but that's when Franklin comes in. Lacy has had durability issues, and I believe Franklin (if given the opportunity) could be a very strong handcuff for Lacy.
RB Latavius Murray, BAL - Dynasty Only
Murray is completely unproven, but a lot of people liked him as a rookie sleeper last year. I like his situation more than backs 8-11, but since he has as many NFL carries as me (after going on IR last August), I have a hard time putting him any higher. He is a very big back, and could very well get plenty of opportunity in Oakland. The backs ahead of him are the rapidly aging MJD and the oft injured Darren McFadden (who may be injured by the time this article comes out). He may very well take the reins and at some point become the Raiders' starting back. He does have one huge flaw though: He plays for the Raiders, and I have such a hard time trusting them. Please someone name me a reliable Raider since Tim Brown. I know that may be an exaggeration, but you get my point. *2015 Starting RB Candidate