- KC Joyner, NFL Insider
One thing was overwhelmingly clear during the 2013 ESPN fantasy football rankings summit: The pickings are quite slim for fantasy football running backs in 2013, especially after the first 15 players at that position are off the board.
That unfortunate fact means fantasy football owners will have to mimic NFL teams and take more chances on rookie running backs than they might normally do in a typical season.
To assist fantasy owners in this endeavor, here are deeper-dive looks at seven first-year ball carriers who are likely to be entrusted with the pigskin quite often in 2013.
Ball landed a first-place rating on Christopher Harris' list of top fantasy football rookies for 2013, in part because of the Broncos' backfield situation that makes, "a ton of early-down carries available in Denver's elite offense."
KC Joyner spotlights seven rookie running backs with the highest fantasy value for the 2013 NFL season, including Denver's Montee Ball and Green Bay's first-year duo of Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.