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  1. We'll really have to see what that offense looks likes, because it certainly won't be his athleticism that gets it done.
  2. Link (with tables that won't copy & paste here) Tyrod Taylor, Baltimore Ravens Speed Score: 108 Agility Score: 10.87 College YPC: 4.4 College Rush TD: 23 Tyrod is the cream of the backup running quarterback crop. If I had to choose anyone on this list to win leagues down the strech in 2013, it would probably be Taylor. He’s an elite athlete and was a true dual threat in college, averaging 8.7 A/YA his senior season at Virginia Tech. In each of his 3 preseason games in 2013, he rushed the ball 5 times at 4.4 yards a carry. If Joe Flacco goes down for any amount of meaningful time, I’m fully comfortable spending a considerable amount of FAAB or burning a #1 waiver priority to acquire Taylor. I believe in Torrey Smith as a #1 wide receiver and the lack of talented supporting options just makes it more likely that Taylor is used as a rusher as would be needed. Similar to the namesake of this index, he’ll be thrust into a very run heavy offense that has its’ best talent in the backfield. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are both far above average talents and if the Ravens coaching staff gets as creative as the Seahawks, 49er’s, Panthers and Redskins coaches did last year, the rushing upside of Taylor could even approach Kaepernick-ian levels. It is because Taylor is an adequate passer and above-average runner that he is the most important name on this list. Josh Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals Speed Score: 101 Agility Score: 11.98 College YPC: 5.9 College Rush TD: 20 Coming out of college, Johnson was a very explosive rusher. He was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster before being picked up by the Bengals this offseason and in his NFL career has rushed 37 times for 6.9 yards per carry. His agility and speed scores aren't as impressive as his production would indicate, but the numbers show that he has always been an effective runner. If Dalton were to be injured, Johnson would most likely be a weekly borderline top 12 play. He doesn't have the passing chops of Taylor, but what we really care about is the rushing yards. As the ##### discussed, quarterback scoring is effectively broken, meaning that a QB that throws for 150 yards and a touchdown but rushes for 80 yards and a touchdown is easily a top 10 in a given week. The offense that Johnson would be at the helm of features many talented pass catchers. He would have the potential of spreading the defense out with AJ Green, Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert, Mohammed Sanu and Jermaine Greshem, all of whom are above average at their positions. I wouldn't prioritize Johnson the same way I would Taylor, but he'll be worth a speculative add, especially in deep leagues. Dominique Davis, Atlanta Falcons Speed Score: 102 Agility Score: 11.05 College YPC: 1.8 College Rush TD: 14 How can a guy with a 1.8 yards per carry in college be considered a 'running quarterback'? I hear your skepticism, so let me explain. The most positive sign, when just looking at the college numbers is the 14 rushing touchdowns. Even if they are sneaks, it shows that either his college coaches trusted him around the goalline, or that he has the Aaron Rodgers/Andrew Luck/Geno Smith type athletic ability to run touchdowns close to the endzone. Additionally, in his 4 preseason performances, Davis' has ran the ball 12 times in 94 dropbacks (12% scramble percentage) for 8.2 yards per carry. Additionally, his combine numbers suggest a player who should run the ball more and would be effective. An agility score of 11.05 is good for a running back or wide receiver, much less a quarterback. The combine metrics aren't the end all, be all, especially for quarterbacks, but he is athletically capable of making positive plays happen when he tucks and runs. Again, imperfect, but this video shows several athletic rushing plays. Most importantly, is who Davis takes the field with. Anyone throwing the ball to the likes of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez is going to look good. His theoretical ability to run the ball in the open field combined with those weapons intrigues me as a speculative add, should Matt Ryan be derailed by injury. He's easily 3rd on the list behind Taylor and Johnson, as he hasn't shown over a large sample that's he capable of gaining the yardage needed to be considered a running quarterback, but he has the athletic ability to do so. Deep Diving: These are 3rd strings that probably aren't ever going to see the field in an NFL game, but if they do, could help you. In regards to Pat White, the brilliant Sigmund Bloom remarked on Twitter that he was a broken clock that just happened to be right for today's NFL. Couldn't agree more with that statement. As the 3rd stringer in the Redskins read-option offense, White is a low-cost, disposable replacement should RG3 take too much of a beating and Kirk Cousins/Rex Grossman prove athletically incapable of running the system. I wouldn't ever say he is a top 12 guy, but that offense the Shanahan's created is beyond effective. Tarvaris Jackson isn't a spectacular runner, or even above average, but he did win the backup job behind Russell Wilson and we know that offense has incorporated elements of the zone read. Jackson has 159 career rushing attempts and in his one good Minnesota season, had 3 touchdowns and better than 5 yards a carry. If RW3 goes down, it's unlikely that Jackson is even 80% as effective as Wilson but if they let him run 5 times a game or use the read option near the goalline he could be a value in 16 team or 2-QB leagues.
  3. Did a write up. The kid can play and if Rice is dinged and Harper gets cut, he is going to see the field quite a bit.
  4. The only guy in San Diego that I'm targeting.
  5. Mike James is the Doug Martin handcuff and Knile Davis is the JC Superstar handcuff. Few more notes here.
  6. Toon had a big 54 yard reception in the game last night. I think him and Stills both see time.
  7. I'd say around bottom 5 or 7 as well, but in today's NFL even bottom 5 offenses can provide multiple fantasy starters. The only way Brown is becoming a fantasy starter is just sheer volume, because there is no touchdown upside in this offense.
  8. This is going to be one of the worst offenses in the league, I think. Bottom 5, for sure.
  9. I wrote a quick thing about Shepard. Not impressed with him.
  10. My fear as well. I have 100's of fears about him, but if he ever succeeds, it will be in an ancillary role where he gets to feast on weaker corners and linebackers. Stronger, faster corners are going to eat him alive and he isn't tall enough to consistently win battles down the field with 6'2-6'3 safeties and corners.
  11. Brown isn't exactly the type of guy who is going to excel with #1 corners on him.
  12. If Geno becomes starter, add Hill wherever you can, as fast as you can.
  13. Not bigger, not faster. So.
  14. Just wrote up a quick post. Dickson and PItta are super comparable as prospects coming out of college, but Dickson had a markedly better Dominator Rating, and in his sophomore NFL season, converted 12 redzone targets into 5 touchdowns. Even if Dickson isn't as good as Pitta (and I don't think he is), the Ravens won't have any option but to use him.
  15. Anyone remember all the Eddie Royal hype coming from Chargers camp last year? Anybody?