10 Underrated Fantasy Running Backs

Pat Thorman examines PFF Fantasy staff rankings to find underrated running backs.

| 2 years ago
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

10 Underrated Fantasy Running Backs

A quick way to tease out which players are potential values is to compare projections with cost. Below are running backs that we believe will return draft equity, based on their current prices. The focus was on players upon whom all PFF rankers generally agreed, and the staff consensus ranking was not propped up by a single analyst’s opinion.

We will use Fantasy Football Calculator average draft position (ADP) data, from 12-team standard scoring leagues that have drafted in the past month. It offers an accurate representation of casual players who will populate most draft rooms over the next couple of weeks. Next to each running back’s name is a score that details how many slots above ADP we have that player ranked.

Mark Ingram, Saints (+2)

While two spots is not a major difference, it is amplified when the player in question is a high-end RB2. PFF’s 12th-graded runner (+4.4) scored the ninth-most fantasy points on a per-game basis last year, and is the 15th back off the board in 2015. As the lead dog in a high-scoring, high-volume offense, his nine touchdowns appear sustainable.

On an opportunity-adjusted basis, he actually should have scored more (10.6). With C.J. Spiller on the shelf, the Saints have been working on Ingram’s receiving skills as well. While he won’t be mistaken for Darren Sproles anytime soon, every little bit helps, and there are plenty of passes available after four of their six most-targeted players departed.

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Pat Thorman is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy and was named 2013 Newcomer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @Pat_Thorman

Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

  • Demetrio Velasco


    I use your advice as my main source of information, but having the same running back (Andre Ellington) in both the “Most Overrated” and the “Most Underrated” articles, makes me doubt your advice.

    • Adam

      I noticed the same thing. Obviously opinions about fantasy football are going to very even to the point where one person hates on player while another loves that same player, but you would think there would at least be some kind of consciousness put forth by PFF. And as you said clouds the advice with doubt.

      • MaineSkin

        It’s by 2 different authors, plus, give me the quantity of fantasy leagues and I’ll tell you the quantity of Ellington drafted is the inverse.
        all we get here are 2 views on a highly volatile RB based on his health not to mention his terrible OL last year and no QB.

  • Maddog

    The websites should be used as a guide and not the “Bible”. In the end follow your gut and choose the player YOU want on your team. None of this stuff is a exact science. Follow the upside and explosive offenses.
    For example with the injury to Jordy Nelson I’m starting to like Randall Cobb over AJ Green even though every website out there has Green over Cobb. Follow your gut!
    Good luck..