Remember the good old days of fantasy when you could just draft your stud RB’s and then build your team around them? With RB committees becoming more and more popular, those with full-time featured back roles become even more valuable. With that being said, I wanted to highlight a few RB’s that may surprise this year.
1. Beanie Wells (AZ – RB)
– It’s either go big or go home little Beanie. Hightower is now out of the picture, and Beanie will have all the chance in the world to show that he was worth a high pick for the Arizona Cardinals. Not only that, they now have Kolb, who can actually get the ball close enough to WR Fitzgerald for him to make a catch! This bodes very well for Wells, who should have more space to work with. All signs point to a breakout year, and his first test will be against a weak Carolina defense in Week 1. Barring injury, I can see Wells finishing as a top-10 back this year. If there is an owner who is itching to make a trade, see if you can’t trade for Wells for lower cost than his actual value.
2. Jahvid Best (DET – RB)
- He has all the talent necessary to live up to his surname, but to this point Best has been “bested” by his propensity for injury (I know, I know that was bad). If you look at pure skill set, a healthy best can join the elite ranks. To add to the sexiness, much like Wells, the passing attack of the Lions with Stafford and Johnson should help to alleviate some of the burden to carry the team.
3. Tim Hightower (WAS – RB)
- Granted, nobody knows what is going on in the mind of Mike Shanahan, but he is clearly impressed with Hightower and his style of play. Hightower showed glimpses of ability in his stint in Arizona, and he is being given the chance to shine as the every down back of the Redskins. He is a tough runner and can catch the ball and run. As long as Shanahan doesn’t decide to play RB carousel, Hightower, who is being drafted pretty lowly, can be a steal and is someone I’d target as a buy low before it’s too late player.