Fantasy Football RB Diamonds in the Rough are based on a single season re-draft fantasy football league for the 2012 season. RB Diamonds in the Rough are established for a standard fantasy football scoring system including: Passing Yards: 1 point = 20 passing yards / Rushing Yards: 1 point = 10 rushing yards / Receiving Yards: 1 point = 10 receiving yards / Passing Touchdown: 4 points / Rushing/Receiving Touchdown: 6 points / Interceptions: -2 points / Fumbles Lost: -2 points
Ryan Williams – Ari – Yahoo RB Ranking #45
After suffering a torn patella tendon during his first preseason game as a rookie last season, Williams is looking healthy and ready to showcase his talent. With Beanie Wells an injury prone RB himself, Williams could easily run away with the starting RB job in Arizona during the 2012 season.
David Wilson – NYG – Yahoo RB Ranking #34
Even though Wilson is clearly the backup RB to starter Ahmad Bradshaw, there should be plenty of touches in store for Wilson as a rookie during the 2012 season. Add in the fact that Bradshaw could easily go down with an injury, and Wilson is an excellent backup RB to grab in any fantasy football league.
Isaiah Pead – StL – Yahoo RB Ranking #52
Backing up the highly used and oft injured Steven Jackson, Pead is poised to rack up a good amount of touches as a rookie. Sometimes compared to having a skill set similar to the Titans’ Chris Johnson, Pead is a solid bench player to add on numerous fantasy football rosters to begin the 2012 season.
Ronnie Hillman – Den – Yahoo RB Ranking #43
With Willis McGahee coming off an excellent season, Hillman will have his work cut out for him if he wishes to carve out an offensive role in Denver as a rookie in 2012. However the wheels on McGahee are well traveled, and Hillman offers plenty of upside as an excellent pass receiving RB. Add in Peyton Manning knowing how to dump off passes to his RB, and Hillman is a nice RB flex option heading into the 2012 season.
Alex Green – GB – Yahoo RB Ranking #54
Losing his entire 2011 rookie season to a torn ACL, Green is bouncing back and ready to create his role in a highly effective Green Bay Packer offense. Bringing excellent speed to the mix, Green has the potential to add a dimension to the Packers offense that hasn’t been seen in years.
Joe McKnight – NYJ – Yahoo RB Ranking #56
Incumbent RB Shonn Greene will be the starter from week 1, but the speedy McKnight has excellent upside if given playing time. If the Jets offense does go to a ground and pound, McKnight’s playing time could go up dramatically as a 1-2 punch with Greene.
Chris Rainey – Pit – Yahoo RB Ranking #66
At just 5-8, Rainey is too small to ever be a feature back in the NFL, but he could be a nice total yardage RB in any offense. Although no where near a Darren Sproles type, a similar offensive role could be carved out by Rainey if the Steelers wish to utilize him in their questionable running game to begin the 2012 season.
Evan Royster – Was – Yahoo RB Ranking #64
Even though the more popular names of Roy Helu and Tim Hightower are pining for carries in Washington, the second year man Royster could become the most valuable Redskins’ RB in 2012.
Robert Turbin – Sea – Yahoo RB Ranking #68
Backing up Marshawn Lynch should limit Turbin’s carries as a rookie in 2012, but if an injury or suspension breaks down Lynch for any numbers of games, Turbin could become a solid RB starter in most fantasy football leagues.
Lamar Miller – Mia – Yahoo RB Ranking #80
After falling from a potential 1st or 2nd round draft pick, to being drafted in the 4th round by the already crowed backfield of the Miami Dolphins, Miller boasts excellent size, explosiveness, and pass receiving ability, to become the best fantasy football RB in Miami by the end of the 2012 season.
Hawk Michaels is the writer of the blog Hawk Fantasy Sports – providing fantasy football rankings and weekly start & sit lineup advice.