D’Onta Foreman’s potential fantasy value

D’Onta Foreman broke out in 2016, rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Texas Longhorns on his way to taking home the Doak Walker Award.

College stats don’t transfer to the pro ranks, but those kinds of numbers make him a valuable fantasy football prospect.

With that in mind we’ll take a look at potential second-round landing spots for the running back, and what his possible fantasy impact will be.

49ers (34th overall) — The 49ers are tired of worrying about when Carlos Hyde will get injured so much that they signed Tim Hightower. It’s a crowded situation, but Foreman would add some talented youth to the rookie head coach, and former Longhorn, Kyle Shanahan.

Jets (39th) — The Jets situation is similar to the 49ers. They might miss their chance on Leonard Fournette in the first round, so they might take the Doak Walker winner instead.

Eagles (43rd) — This would be a great spot for the rookie to make an immediate impact. Ryan Mathews can’t stay healthy and Darren Sproles is an undersized third down option. If Foreman can improve his pass protection, he’ll make his way onto the field early.

Bills (44th) — With the loss of Mike Gillislee to the Patriots, the Bills will want some youth backing up LeSean McCoy. Gillislee rushed 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns. Those would be fantasy-relevant stats if Foreman ends up on the roster.

Colts (46th) — Fantasy gurus have been writing off Frank Gore for about five years now. His touches have to decrease at some point and if the Colts see Foreman in the middle of the second round, they could snatch him up. They’ll need to improve on their run blocking for Foreman to make an impact.

Ravens (47th) — Terrance West is the starter for now, but the Ravens would like to have their leading rusher gain more than 774 yards. Foreman has the tools to do so.

Redskins (49th) — Washington isn’t totally sold on Rob Kelley as the No. 1 guy. Foreman could get significant playing time early if he gets taken by the Redskins.

Buccaneers (50th) — Doug Martin is only good every other year, and if they miss on Dalvin Cook in the first round, Foreman could end up here.

Giants (55th) — If he falls to the late second round, the Giants would be lucky to have him. They’ve already got pass receivers out of the backfield. They need a solid first and second down back.

Packers (61st) — What a gift if they can land the 2,000-yard rusher at this spot with only Ty Montgomery as the only serviceable back. Foreman’s fantasy value would be pretty high if this happens.

Here’s a look at Foreman’s career at Texas.

Fantasy football impact: Marshawn Lynch joins the Raiders

It finally happened.

After months of speculation, the Raiders and Seahawks finally agreed on a trade that sends Beast Mode to Oakland.

Marshawn Lynch spent ten years in the league before retiring. His last action was in 2015 when he played in just seven games due to a sports hernia. He rushed 111 times for 417 yards.

That’s a lot of time off for a running back. Does that mean he’s fresh? Or will he be just a shade of his former self?

It will be interesting to see how he’s used in Oakland, given that he’s the only back with the typical size of a first and second down runner. DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones and Jalen Richard are all a bit undersized to be every-down rushers.

There has to be a little hesitation for fantasy owners when it comes to drafting the veteran. As of now, before seeing him in a Raiders uniform, I’d slot him as a rising flex player. Early mock drafts have him going in the ninth round. Wait until you get eyes on him in training camp or in preseason action, if possible, before making a final decision on him. And, of course, start mock drafting after the NFL draft concludes to see where he’s going.

There are two ways this situation can go. One is Lynch is fresh and ready to pick up where he left off. And the other is Lynch is a short yardage back that can handle just a few touches a game. Proceed with caution.

Fantasy football impact: Adrian Peterson signs with Saints

The New Orleans Saints pulled a surprising move on Tuesday, adding Adrian Peterson to their roster as they signed the free agent to a two-year deal.

Peterson joins Mark Ingram as the only other back with starting potential on the roster.

The move is a clear hit to Ingram’s value but it really depends on how Sean Payton plans on using the runners.

Ingram had 1,043 yards rushing last season with Tim Hightower adding 548. Hightower is now a 49er and it’s yet to be determined how Peterson will be used, though Payton has said he’d “complement” Ingram.

Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Ingram carried the ball 205 times with Hightower rushing 133 times last season. Six other Saints accounted for 64 carries. You could easily see all of those rushes go to Peterson this upcoming season.

This may end up being a 50/50 split in the end, which isn’t good for fantasy.

NFL teams see the value in having two running backs play in a significant amount of plays.

One thing is clear. You can’t select either of these guys in early rounds, unless it becomes apparent that one will take the lead role. Ingram was already going late in the second round. Push him even further down, though he has the slight edge over Peterson at this point. Stay tuned.

Tony Romo: Fantasy Football Hall of Famer

It will be a hotly contested debate, whether Tony Romo’s resume is that of a Hall of Famer. He finished his career as the Cowboys’ top passer, throwing for 34,183 yards and 248 touchdowns. His lack of success in the playoffs, a 2-4 record, is solid ammunition for naysayers, however. We’re not here to debate whether or not Romo is a real life Hall of Famer. We’re here to affirm that he most definitely belongs in the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame.

The proof is in the numbers, and that’s all that matters in fantasy football—numbers. Any playoff failings by the 14-year quarterback mattered little to his fantasy football owners. Even when he was losing late-season games the Cowboys needed to win to make the playoffs, he was still putting up big numbers.

He missed pretty much all of 2015 and 2016, but from 2006 to 2014 he was consistently a top-10 quarterback in standard scoring. Injury in 2010 was his only fantasy blemish in that stretch.

Romo’s rank in standard scoring, with 6 points for touchdown passes:

2014—8th most fantasy points for quarterbacks

2013—7th

2012—5th

2011—7th

2010—only played in six games due to injury

2009—4th

2008—6th

2007—2nd only to Tom Brady and his 50 TD passes

2006—9th

Romo was on many fantasy championship teams during his tenure in Dallas, including mine in 2007. (Having Adrian Peterson that year helped a lot, too.)

So you can argue about Romo’s real life football legacy, or lack thereof, all you want. One thing is for sure, and that’s the fact that he was a consistently great fantasy football quarterback.

Here’s a look at some of his late-game heroics that probably lifted a lot of fantasy owners to wins.