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Fantasy Football: Top Running Backs for 2017

Fantasy Football: Top Running Backs for 2017

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.

GALLERY: PROJECTING TOP FANTASY RBS FOR 2017

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. 

GALLERY: PROJECTING TOP FANTASY RBS FOR 2017

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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