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|Despite having a loaded backfield depth chart that includes Frank Gore, solid second year player Kendall Hunter, former Giant Brandon Jacob and Anthony Dixon, the 49ers surprisingly used a 2nd round pick on Oregon running back LaMichael James. James excelled in Oregon’s spread offense but his lack of size may relegate him to a change of pace, receiving role in the NFL. Of course it is possible the 49ers view him as Gore’s heir apparent since they drafted him highly despite Hunter, a 4th round pick in 2011, showing plenty of promise as a rookie. For fantasy purposes, it is best to take a wait and see approach with James since he could easily open the season fourth on the team’s depth chart. Consider him worthy of a late round selection as Gore’s handcuff provided he wins that job and a mid-tier prospect in dynasty leagues.
|Three-man battle for the No. 2 RB job in Miami -- Wed Aug 5 7:00 am --|
Lazor: "There’s not one guy who’s out of it"
|Lazor said the three-man battle for the No. 2 running back job “might be more fun than the guard job to watch.” Damien Williams, LaMichael James and Jay Ajayi have all looked good in spurts, but Williams and James appear ahead of the rookie.
“There’s not one guy who’s out of it,” Lazor said. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: The Dolphins’ vice president or football operations, Mike Tannenbaum, recently noted that rookie Ajayi needs to improve his pass protection skills: "If he’s going to play for us, he has to be able to sit in there and protect on occasion.” Right now, Williams is behind Lamar Miller on the depth chart. Fantasy owners should steer clear of drafting any backup RB in Miami until the picture becomes clear.