Molnar’s Keepers, Sleepers, and Weepers: Running Back – Part Two

Following an unplanned week off due to a life full of absolute craziness, Molnar’s Keepers, Sleepers, and Weepers series returns just in time for the post Fourth of July Recovering period.

Completing our look at the running backs this week, we bring you part two of our series on the most needed and sought after position in all of fantasy football. For those of you that would like to take a look back at week one, just click here! All others, proceed on down below as we take another look inside my very special Keepers, Sleepers, and Weepers Crystal Ball.

 

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Keeper: Alvin Kamara — New Orleans Saints

With Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season, Alvin Kamara has a chance to not only improve on his numbers from last season, but to also give himself an early lead in the battle for the RB1 ranking.

A great runner and receiver, Kamara became a major offensive weapon last season and that should continue into 2018. Look for Kamara to not only up his touches and targets this season, but also his overall production and numbers.

A top-five ranking at season’s end should be a lock for Kamara with anything inside the top three also extremely possible should the Saints continue to feed their biggest playmaking weapon this season.

 

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Sleeper: Frank Gore — Miami Dolphins

As far as value picks go, Frank Gore could be a great one for those folks looking for a steal later in their drafts. Despite his increased age, Gore remains the train that just won’t quit. Recording 261 rushes for 961 yards last season, the ageless Gore managed to hold off rookie Marlon Mack and earn the vast majority of the carries in Indianapolis last season.

Now heading to his hometown to join the Miami Dolphins, look for Gore to once again be a workhorse back. While Miami have the emerging and developing Kenyan Drake, Gore looks set to be the main running back in the Dolphins offense. This strategy not only gives Gore, the better runner, more time on the field, but also saves Drake for those explosive situations that he loves.

While he won’t generate much in the way of numbers, Gore presents a great value pick due to his potential usage this season. A potential game-winning player during your bye weeks, grab Gore as late as you can and stash him for those exact situations midway through your campaign.

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Weeper: Kareem Hunt — Kansas City Chiefs

While Kareem Hunt was a sensation last season, coming out of nowhere to record over 1,300 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns, Hunt is a popular first-round pick so far in this year’s fantasy drafts. However, while Hunt did record some good numbers last season, I’m here to say that his success will not carry over into 2018.

Though Hunt should see an increased workload early in the season, look for his numbers to tail off as the year goes on. Whether it be through injury, rest, or the emergence of a strong quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, Hunt will struggle to finish the year as a top-10 fantasy football running back.

With much safer options such as Jordan Howard and Christian McCaffrey still likely available, Hunt represents a pretty terrible pick from a value standpoint. While he could be a solid pick should he fall into the third or fourth round, his value as a first-round pick is not very good in my eyes.

 

Find every article from our Keepers, Sleepers & Weepers series here!

Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys discuss which second-year players are set to boom, bust and be targeted as sleepers in 2018

Robert Molnar is a featured blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast.  Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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