Undervalued fantasy RBs

Among backs being drafted too low: LeSean McCoy, who should be No. 1

Originally Published: July 29, 2014
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

LeSean McCoyTommy Gilligan/USA TODAY SportsLeSean McCoy was No. 2 in ESPN standard scoring among running backs (262 points) in 2013.

It may the age of the pass in the NFL, but when running backs comprise 11 out of the first 20 picks in the average ESPN fantasy football draft, it shows fantasy owners still place a high value on the ground game.

Ironically enough, that valuation has not prevented a situation in which there are a significant number of undervalued running backs.

This is the second in a four-part series that aims to help fantasy owners by identifying players who are undervalued and overvalued. These six running backs are being taken later in drafts -- as determined by ESPN.com's average draft position (ADP) -- than they should be based on my analysis. They range from elite backs to young ball carriers ready to have breakout campaigns.

Here are my six most undervalued fantasy running backs:


LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

Current ESPN live draft ADP: 2.7
Current ESPN live draft positional rank: No. 2
The Football Scientist (TFS) positional rank: No. 1