The 2016 season is in the books and 2017 can't get here soon enough for those who are always all in for fantasy football. The hope is 2017 won't be as frustrating for top runnng backs the 2016 proved for many.
Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles were RB1 types who suffered season-ending or lengthy injuries. Danny Woodhead, Arian Foster and Gio Bernard joined them. Doug Martin's campagn ended sooner than expected and Mark Ingram's early usage frustrated all. As for Todd Gurley in Los Angeles, well, even the promising runners can't overcome an overall inept offense.
Yet it wasn't all bad. David Johnson proved his rookie season was no joke. Ezekiel Elliott's first campaign showed the hype was worthy. Le'Veon Bell made the three-game wait worth it. Those that took flyers and held onto Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman and Robert Kelley felt the same.
We've got a ways to go before 2017 draft season kicks off. There's free agency with Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Latavius Murray the headliners. It's possible four running back hear their name called in the first round of the NFL Draft. Still, why wait. Here's an early look at some of the projected top fantasy running back options for next season.