Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders): I am excited to see how Marshawn Lynch does with Jon Gruden in Oakland. I see the potential for Lynch to have a resurgence, but he is also 32. If Lynch’s power is still there, I think he has a shot at a 1,000 yards, but there is a chance he busts this year as well.
Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers): McCaffrey had a bit of a letdown rookie season, but I think he has the potential to improve a lot. The Panthers offense should be improved from last year, and with Jonathan Stewart gone, McCaffrey will have a more expanded role. Expect a 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving this year.
Alex Collins (Baltimore Ravens): Collins is a fairly underrated back who just gets the job done. He nearly rushed for a 1,000 yards last year (973) and is a workhorse back who helps carry the Ravens offense.
His role could expand in the near future as the Ravens may be expecting less from Joe Flacco. When Lamar Jackson takes the reins in Baltimore, he may need to be used more to ease Jackson’s transition.
Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): Ingram won’t put up the numbers he did last year as he is suspended for the first four games of the season, but I still think he will be a good running back this year.
Ingram would be the starting running back on a lot of teams, but unfortunately for him a lot of his carries will be taken by Alvin Kamara, who looks like a emerging superstar.
Carlos Hyde (Cleveland Browns): Hyde was coveted by the Browns, signing a three-year deal for just over $15 million, per Spotrac. I see Hyde having a big role in the Browns offense this season, as he will be needed a lot due to the current quarterback situation there.
Hyde was a good running back in San Francisco, and his numbers could improve in 2018 if he can prevent Nick Chubb from taking a ton of carries from him.