2015 Fantasy Football: Players I’m Warming Up To

There are times in Fantasy Football where you may need to change your opinion. That means you have to admit that you may have been wrong (which is never fun), but you have to be able to adapt and be prepared to change your outlook.

There were a few players I originally was avoiding at all costs, but with coaching schemes unfolding and training camp news enlightening us a little more, I may need to alter my opinions about a few players. This doesn’t mean I am going to give them my full endorsement, but I’m starting to warm up to two running backs.

C.J. Anderson

Originally, I posted that I was concerned about drafting Anderson because of questions on his conditioning from last season, his extremely high ADP with a limited history of production and the fact that Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce accounted for six touchdowns under Gary Kubiak (Montee Ball could cut into Anderson’s touchdown production). I still am scared away because of his limited production, but I like the fact that he has lost weight to battle against the reports of his poor conditioning. I also like the fact that Kubiak is going to use a bell cow approach at the running back position. I thought he may try a committee approach to see what he could get out of Ball, but he sounded the horn to put your chips with Anderson.

Every first-round pick is more risky if they don’t work out because they are the core of your team, but we all know that you have to take a few risks to bring home a trophy. If Kubiak really does plan to limit Peyton Manning‘s arm and run more in the red zone, Anderson could finish as a top-five back.

Chris Ivory

Originally I saw stories state that the current regime did not feel compelled to have Ivory stick around, and the additions of Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy didn’t show much faith in the 27-year old back

Originally, I thought Stacy would be able to serve as the main rusher and a serviceable pass-catching back, and Bilal Powell‘s role would be limited when the coaching staff discovered they could use Stacy in more ways than one. Ivory only hauled in five receptions before 2014 (which was one of the big reasons why I was leery of owning him), but he did record 18 receptions for 123 yards last season. Ivory may not be known for catching the ball, but he also wasn’t asked to be that involved as a receiver either.

New coach Todd Bowles says he is impressed with Ivory, but he does believe he still needs to work on his pass-catching abilities. Ivory is reportedly up to the challenge, however, so he could finish with 1,200-total yards if he can stay on the field for a 16-game season.

With only 198 carries, Ivory totaled 820 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns last season, so a season closer to 250 rushing attempts should push him into or well beyond the 1,000-yard rushing range. When you add more involvement in the passing attack, this could be a big season for the sixth-year back.

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