Fantasy Football: The Top 10 Rookie Running Backs for 2018

A trio of backs, including Rashaad Penny, went in the first round of this year's NFL Draft. What should you expect from this rookie class for the 2018 fantasy season?

Rookie running backs are an unknown quantity in fantasy football, but as anyone who owned Kareem Hunt or Alvin Kamara last year can attest to, they can be league-winning players.

We can devour training camp news in an effort to get a read on roles, and we can pore through pre-draft scouting reports to try to get a feel for how talented a rookie is. But at the end of the day, it's tough to know what to expect from any first-year player.

That's where our models come in. numberFire has built comprehensive algorithms that we use to produce fantasy projections.

Using our Draft Kit (based on standard scoring), we'll look at the 10 most relevant rookie rushers based on FireFactor, our internal method of ranking players according to overall production and value over replacement. We'll also peep each player's projected statistics and fantasy points as well as average draft position (ADP) from Fantasy Football Calculator's 12-team standard drafts.

Let's get to it.