The 2017 running back class could rival the class of 2015 in the amount of potential starters who emerge from it. At the top of this year’s list are LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook. There was a time when running backs were the lifeblood of NFL offenses. Now, Fournette and Cook are trying to become just the fourth and fifth running backs selected in the first round since 2012.
The recent success of players like Le’Veon Bell and last year’s number four overall pick Ezekiel Elliott, combined with the dominance of the Atlanta Falcon’s two-headed rushing attack and the meteoric ascension of late round picks like David Johnson, Jordan Howard, and Jay Ajayi could all be factors which lead teams to re-prioritize the running back position. Fournette and Cook lead this year’s class due to their tremendous upside and game-changing ability. But which player will be the better fantasy asset to own? Mo Brewington and James Simpson will debate the merits of each, and help you draw your own conclusion.
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