The NFL draft season has arrived and we’re getting to know some of the biggest names in the sport.
The rankings below are based on my analysis of the most exciting players to watch on draft day, as well as who you should target as your next fantasy football pick.
Clemson Tigers RB Leonard Fournette (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) The Tigers were in desperate need of help at running back, and the best way to get it was by selecting Fournettes top-rated player in the draft.
Fournés best games came against Texas A&M and Alabama, and he was dominant in both of those outings.
He averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the win over the Aggies, and 6.2 yards per rush against the Crimson Tide.
Faushees overall stats against top opponents were very impressive.
FSU was shutout for the first time in its history and Alabama lost to Florida by 27 points, which is a huge reason why Fournetes top-ranked team, Clemson, is expected to be the first team to defeat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
Faux-franchise players such as Leonard Faus, Kareem Hunt, and David Fluellen are all likely to get drafted in the first round, and I can see them being great fantasy options in the second.
Tennessee Titans RB Leonard Williams (6/3, 210 pounds) I love Williams, who is ranked #3 by ESPN, because of his physical tools.
His mobility, burst, and speed make him a great fit for a spread attack, and his ability to play outside of the numbers make him an ideal running back.
He has a nice combination of power and agility, and if he can find the yards and catches the ball, he can be a top-15 fantasy player.
Florida State Seminoles RB Leonard Washington (6’1, 200 pounds) Washington is an absolute nightmare for defenses in pass protection, and is one of the top running backs in the game right now.
He is one-dimensional in the run game, and plays in a 3-4 alignment that is effective against the run.
Washington is one player who should be owned in the top-10, and it’s a little difficult to find someone in the NFL draft that has more upside than Washington.
Ohio State Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott (6′,2, 220 pounds) Elliott is the top RB in the country, and you should be excited to see how his fantasy season unfolds.
He’s a guy who is so talented and athletic that he can dominate against any defense, and can take over games with his incredible talent.
He averages 6.4 yards per catch and has the ability to score a ton of touchdowns, and with the way that Ohio State has played the last few weeks, he could have an explosive fantasy season.
Washington Redskins RB Leonard Martin (6ft, 210 lbs) Martin has one of my favorite running backs to watch, and as a rookie he had a great debut season, rushing for 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns.
He was very efficient in Week 14 against Tennessee and will likely have another great week against the Titans.
Martin also had a monster game against Oklahoma, running for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
The Ohio State game was a big one for him, as he averaged 5 yards per attempt against the Sooners.
He also had his biggest game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, running nearly 10 yards per target against the Tide.
He finished the week with a big game against LSU, running 16 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Martin is an absolutely dominant back in a pass-happy offense, and should be a fantasy asset for fantasy owners in the fourth and fifth rounds.
Arizona Cardinals RB Ezekiel Elliot (6′.2, 230 pounds) Elliot is an explosive talent who is a good fit for an offense that runs a lot of zone and spread formations.
Elliot is a guy that can be very effective in any of those looks, as shown by his numbers against the Tennessee Volunteers and Oklahoma Sooners last week.
The Arizona game was another big one, as Elliot averaged 4.9 yards per touch and scored a touchdown, and will be a big fantasy beneficiary this year.
Tennessee Volunteers RB Leonard Hamilton (6.3, 208 pounds) Hamilton is one big guy who can run, catch, and win.
He can play in any role on the field, and has an ability to be a real playmaker.
He scored two touchdowns against Alabama, rushing 12 times for 104 yards and a score.
Hamilton has an explosive burst and great acceleration, and teams will be desperate to stop him.
Michigan State Spartans RB Leonard Davis (6’/3, 214 pounds) Davis is another explosive running back with some incredible size.
His ability to take on defenders in space and win in the open field makes him a dangerous threat.
His numbers against Wisconsin were