Fantasy Football: Top 15 Running Backs To Target In 2016

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#8 Fantasy Football running back Thomas Rawls
#8 Fantasy Football running back Thomas Rawls. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

Fantasy Football Running Backs: #8 Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks

A lot of Fantasy Football experts aren’t sure what to make of Thomas Rawls for the 2016 NFL season.  On the one hand, Rawls is a very talented runner who averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season.  On the other hand, there is a lot of talk about him sharing the backfield a lot with both Christine Michael and CJ Prosise.  That is a big concern for fantasy owners.

Replacing Beast Mode:  The question of how to replace Marshawn Lynch has been a concern in Seattle for a couple of years.  Now the time is upon us, but Seahawks fans have a lot of faith (well-earned) in Thomas Rawls.  Rawls showed tons of ability on the field, and has gotten a lot of people on board with him as a primary back.

Will He Be A Feature Back?:  The biggest drawback to Thomas Rawls is that it really does seem like the Seahawks are intent on mixing up their backfield a lot.  There are plenty of reasons why Pete Carroll would do this, but that doesn’t make it any more comforting to fantasy owners.

Draft Value – 3rd Round:  The potential of sharing the backfield is the only reason to hold off on Rawls, but still grab him early on in your draft.  Rawls is an especially good target if you have already grabbed a top five running back to match him up with.

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