Bryce Brown: I think people tend to overrate his talent. The trend over his first 3 years has been his workload shrinking each season. He got beat out by Chris Polk in Philly, and then by Anthony Dixon in Buffalo. He has a chance right now with the injuries in front of him, but if he was going to be the RB of the future in Buffalo you'd think that they would've had him active on gamedays.
Le'Veon Bell: Missing a few games would be basically irrelevant for his ranking. The concern is with players who are likely to continue getting into trouble in the future, and Bell does not have much of a track record of bad decisions (unless you count the decision to play at 240 pounds).
Zac Stacy: Mason still has some question marks with pass blocking and ball security, and I thought that Stacy was solid last year. The Rams are talking about last week's playing time split as if it was a bit of a fluke, and Stacy will continue to be pretty significantly involved. If that's not true then he'll drop a lot more in these rankings. Actually, he probably should be a bit lower already.
Montee Ball: I've never been very high on his talent, but liked him a lot in fantasy when I expected him to have a couple years as Peyton Manning's top RB (see my comment here, for example). Now it looks like Hillman is a bit more likely to have that role this year. I still have Ball slightly ahead of Hillman because Ball (if Ball wins the job back) is more likely than Hillman (if Hillman keeps the job) to get the TDs in addition to the touches, and to keep the job next season.
Ryan Mathews: He has been a pretty good starting RB for most of his career. I think it's more likely than not that he'll lead the Chargers' backfield in touches once he's back, and be lead RB somewhere next season.
Ahmad Bradshaw: I see Bradshaw as fairly comparable to Rashad Jennings, in terms of their fantasy prospects (except for Jennings currently being out). Relatively old, strong starter for now, without the upside of Forte/Lynch/Foster, and with some heightened risk of injury or decline. Over the rest of this season Bradshaw is unlikely to see much of an increase in workload and will probably see a decline in TDs; next season there's some chance he'll leave the pretty ideal situation that he has in Indy.
Trent Richardson: He's looked better than last year, and has been particularly good in the passing game. I think at least some of his troubles were from being misused - he does better in a wide open offense than as a grind-it-out back in obvious running formations. He's just 24 and could still have a solid career in front of him, potentially on an elite offense.
Rookies: Mason, McKinnon, Oliver, and Crowell have moved up significantly since the offseason. Most of the other rookies have basically stayed put or dropped a little (except for some movement deep in the rankings, like Taliaferro). And no one has burst into the upper echelon, like Lacy & Gio did last year.
Quarterbacks: I'm focusing on one position at a time. I will say that I agree with Luck at #1, and I disagree with leaving Griffin off the list.
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