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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 71: Building a Running Back + Late-Round Values

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The guys at The Fake Football were nice enough to let me do a guest post. I broke down the prototypical running back and ranked a few late-rounders by size and speed.

To help you identify some potential sleepers at the position, I’ve listed some notable young running backs currently getting drafted in the eighth round or late, along with their age, speed, and weight.

Running Back ADP Age 40 Time Weight
Ronnie Hillman 8.02 21 4.45 200
Ben Tate 8.07 25 4.43 220
Mark Ingram 8.09 23 4.62 215
Bryce Brown 9.01 22 4.48 223
Vick Ballard 9.07 23 4.65 219
Johnathan Franklin 9.1 23 4.49 205
Bernard Pierce 9.12 23 4.49 218
Joseph Randle 12.08 21 4.63 204
LaMichael James 13.04 23 4.45 194

If we were to rank these nine backs according to their weight and speed and score them inversely (so the top back gets nine points, the second back gets eight points, and so on), here’s how they’d rank:

1. Ben Tate – 17 points

2. Bryce Brown – 13 points

3. Bernard Pierce – 12 points

T4. Johnathan Franklin – 10 points

T4. Ronnie Hillman – 10 points

6. LaMichael James – 9 points

T7. Mark Ingram – 8 points

T7. Vick Ballard – 8 points

9. Joseph Randle – 5 points

Tate is the clear winner here as the second-heaviest back with the most speed. He’d be an immediate No. 1 option in the event of an Arian Foster injury. He’s slightly older than the other backs and he’ll cost you an eighth-round pick, though.

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