Fantasy Football: Running Backs In New Places

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Fantasy Football: Running Backs In New PlacesWhether you play in a fantasy football money league, or play for free, you need to know what is going on in fantasy football. Here are some things you need to know about running backs in the National Football League, and how they can potentially help you in a fantasy football money league.

Many running backs in the NFL were on the move in the offseason. Here is a look at how they stack up. This information could potentially help you when it comes to playing in a fantasy football money league.

So, without further ado, here is where these running backs are playing this year. This information comes courtesy of DraftStreet.com:

Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

Jackson’s old team, the Rams, scored 299 points in 2012. His new team scored 419 points.  Jackson rushed for only 19 touchdowns over the last four seasons, but his scoring should increase in Atlanta’s powerhouse offense, as he replaces Michael Turner, who rushed for at least 10 TDs for five straight seasons.  Jackson is now 30, but has started all but three games over the last four seasons.  He has eight straight 1,000-yard seasons.

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

After leaving New Orleans for Miami, Bush is back in a pass-happy offense in Detroit where he can once again rack up high reception totals. In five seasons with the Saints, Bush averaged nearly 60 receptions per season. In Miami, Bush gained 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in 2011 and had 986 yards rushing in 2012.

Chris Ivory, New York Jets

Ivory leaves New Orleans, which had a crowded backfield and emphasis on passing, for the Jets, a run-oriented team where he figures to have the starting job to himself, with Mike Goodson not in camp as of mid-August after an offseason arrest on drug and weapons charges.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

Bradshaw started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after offseason foot surgery, but was activated in mid-August.  If healthy, he is expected to replace Vick Ballard as the Colts’ lead back.  In 2012 with the Giants, Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards and six TDs.

Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals

Mendenhall rushed for only 182 yards in his last season in Pittsburgh after tearing his ACL at the end of the previous season.  Though he missed the exhibition opener with knee tendinitis, Mendenhall still appeared to be the likely starter in mid-August. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator in 2010 when Mendenhall had 1,273 yards rushing and 13 TDs.

Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

While Greene is no longer the featured back as he was with the Jets thanks to Chris Johnson, Greene figures to get short-yardage carries. Six of Greene’s eight TDs in 2012 were from one or two yards out.

Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

Woodhead leaves the Patriots, who scored 557 points in 2012, for the Chargers, who scored 350. So scoring seven TDs (four rushing and three receiving), as he did last season, could be more of a challenge. But Woodhead, whose 40 receptions and 446 yards receiving were career highs, could see time not only as a third-down back, but also as a backup for the often-injured Ryan Mathews.

 Jon Lewin writes for a variety of fantasy sports websites.

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