Most overvalued fantasy RBs
Ray Rice tops ranking of 10 RBs being drafted too high this season
This is a painfully thin era in terms of fantasy football running back depth. That type of situation generally prevents running backs from being overvalued, but it doesn't completely stop it from happening.
This second in a four-part series (we previously looked at overvalued QBs) aims to help fantasy owners by identifying 10 running backs who fall into this category. These players are being taken earlier in drafts (as determined by ESPN.com's average draft position) than they should be based on my own value analysis.
Here are my 10 most overvalued fantasy running backs:
1. Ray Rice
Current ESPN Live Draft ADP: 5.5
Current ESPN Live Draft positional rank: No. 4
The Football Scientist (TFS) positional rank: No. 8
Last season, Rice had a four-game slump during which his good blocking yards per attempt (GBYPA), a measure of rushing productivity on plays with good blocking, plummeted to a mediocre 6.0-yard level. That led to his ending the season with a 7.2 GBYPA, a mark that tied for 19th among qualifying ball carriers (at least 100 carries).
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