#15 Shakif Seymour
Toledo is committed to running the football and Shakif Seymour should be able to greatly improve on his stats from last season. Following in the footsteps of Kareem Hunt & Terry Swanson.
Strength Of Schedule: 107
Fantasy Playoffs: @ Northern Illinois, @ Kent St, vs Central Michigan
2017 Stats: 702 ru yards & 12 TD, 104 rec yards & 1 TD
#14 Justice Hill
Justice Hill was great in 2017, rushing for more than 1400 yards and 15 TDs. But he should have a chance to put up even bigger numbers this coming season, after the Cowboys lost Mason Rudolph and James Washington.
Strength Of Schedule: 45
Fantasy Playoffs: @ Oklahoma, vs West Virginia, @ TCU
2017 Stats: 1467 ru yards & 15 TD, 190 rec yards & 1 TD
#13 J.K. Dobbins
JK Dobbins grabbed the starting job early last season and never looked back. He will have plenty of opportunities again this season in the potent Buckeye offense.
Strength Of Schedule: 49
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Michigan St, @ Maryland, vs Michigan
2017 Stats: 1403 ru yards & 7 TD, 135 rec yards & 1 TD
#12 D'Andre Swift
D’Andre Swift put up modest numbers last season as the 3rd RB. But look for a much bigger stat line in 2018 after Nick Chubb & Sony Michell moved to the NFL.
Strength Of Schedule: 43
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Auburn, vs UMass, vs Georgia Tech
2017 Stats: 618 ru yards & 3 TD, 153 rec yards & 1 TD
#11 Alexander Mattison
After putting up 1000+ yards and 12 tds, Alexander Mattison looks to be the next great Bronco’s running back. And being paired with QB Brett Rypien will provide plenty of more opportunities.
Strength Of Schedule: 80
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Fresno St, @ New Mexico, vs Utah St
2017 Stats: 1086 ru yards & 12 TD, 284 rec yards & 1 TD
#10 Benny Snell
Starting your college career with two 1000 yard rushing seasons is always impressive and Benny Snell was able to produce those against the vaunted SEC defenses. Look for more of the same as the Wildcats offense will continue to lean on him this year.
Strength Of Schedule: 41
Fantasy Playoffs: @ Tennessee, vs Middle Tennessee, @ Louisville
2017 Stats: 1333 ru yards & 19 TD, 72 rec yards & 0 TD
#9 Patrick Laird
Patrick Laird is a great example of hard work paying off. The former walk on finished his junior season as the Cal starter with more than 1000 yards rushing. Look for the Golden Bears to use him all over the field in his final season.
Strength Of Schedule: 53
Fantasy Playoffs: @USC, vs Stanford, vs Colorado
2017 Stats: 1127 ru yards & 8 TD, 322 rec yards & 1 TD
#8 AJ Dillon
AJ Dillon had a spectacular freshman season with more than 1500 yards and 14 tds. Look for BC to continue to ride on his shoulders for as long as he is in school.
Strength Of Schedule: 27
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Clemson, @ FSU, vs Syracuse
2017 Stats: 1598 ru yards & 14 TD, 0 rec yards & 0 TD
#7 Juwan Washington
San Diego State loves to run the ball and Juwan Washington should be the beneficiary this season. He had 700+ rushing yards as the backup last season and will have a great year as the Aztec’s full time starter.
Strength Of Schedule: 88
Fantasy Playoffs: vs UNLV, @ Fresno Sto, vs Hawaii
2017 Stats: 759 ru yards & 7 TD, 39 rec yards & 0 TD
#6 Rodney Anderson
Rodney Anderson did not start for the Sooners until halfway through the season and finished with over 1000 yards. Look for his stats to go way up as the full time starter.
Strength Of Schedule: 25
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Oklahoma St, vs Kansas, @ West Virginia
2017 Stats: 1161 ru yards & 13 TD, 281 rec yards & 5 TD
#5 David Montgomery
The best runner Iowa State has had in years, David Montgomery put up a solid 1100+ yard and 11 td season. A dynamic back, with good receiving skills, Montgomery should easily surpass his numbers from 2017.
Strength Of Schedule: 20
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Baylor, @ Texas, vs Kansas St
2017 Stats: 1146 ru yards & 11 TD, 296 rec yards & 0 TD
#4 Myles Gaskin
With 3 straight seasons of at least 1300 yards and 10 tds, Myles Gaskin is a safe bet to continue that streak. Look for the Huskies’ senior to finish his college career with another great year.
Strength Of Schedule: 48
Fantasy Playoffs: bye, vs Oregon St, @ Washington St
2017 Stats: 1380 ru yards & 21 TD, 232 rec yards & 0 TD
#3 Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor burst onto the scene in 2017 with three 200+ yards games and finished only 23 yards short of 2000. Look for him to try and surpass those numbers in his sophomore year.
Strength Of Schedule: 64
Fantasy Playoffs: @ Penn St, @ Purdue, vs Minnesota
2017 Stats: 1977 ru yards & 13 TD, 95 rec yards & 0 TD
#2 Bryce Love
Bryce Love was spectacular in his first season as the Stanford starter. But a lack of other options on offense for the Cardinals will make it easier for defenses to key on him. This may slow down his production, but only slightly.
Strength Of Schedule: 13
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Oregon St, @ Cal, @ UCLA
2017 Stats: 2118 ru yards & 19 TD, 33 rec yards & 0 TD
#1 Devin Singletary
Devin Singletary was the top scoring fantasy RB in 2017. Another season in Lane Kiffin’s offense should help him produce similar results.
Strength Of Schedule: 94
Fantasy Playoffs: vs Western Kentucky, @ North Texas, vs Charlotte
2017 Stats: 1920 ru yards & 32 TD, 198 rec yards & 1 TD
These rankings are provided by the Gridiron Scholar. Is he the face of college fantasy football? It’s possible. John Laub played fantasy football for nearly three decades and provided FootballDiehards.com with weekly player rankings—including sleepers and long shots—for twenty years. He won $10,000 in 1993, defeating nearly 15,000 owners, and published Audibles: Winning is Everything in the 1990s. The Scholar’s DraftKings Sheet of Knowledge on FootballDiehards.com. Laub can be contacted on Twitter
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