Brown rushed for 916 yards and 10 TDs as a rookie and enjoyed a solid 10-year career in the NFL. That included a 1,008-yard effort in his second season with Miami.
The early part of Benson’s career was marred by off-the-field issues, but he developed into a strong inside bruiser for the Bengals. He had a run of three straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2009-11.
The fact Elliott is ranked this high after two years shows his potential to move up. Elliott enters his third season with even more to prove after missing a chunk of 2017 because of a suspension. The production should continue with the Cowboys.
Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell has been just fine since Ricky Rubio went down with a hip injury and missed the past three games. The prized rookie out of Louisville scored at least 24 points in each of those games while adding 3.0 3PG, 6.0 RPG and 4.7 APG. This is worth noting for future games in which the Jazz are without their starting point guard.
Washington Wizards: According to nbawowy.com, Bradley Beal’s usage goes from 26.3 with John Wall on the court this season to 30.8 with Wall off the court. Beal’s efficiency goes down without his star teammate, however; he has a 57.8 TS% with him and a 55.5 TS% without him.
Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner and wide receiver Sammy Watkins are pending free agents, and the Rams would like to bring them both back. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is headed into the final year of his rookie contract and will eventually command a salary in line with the game’s highest-paid defensive players. If the Rams venture into the open market, they’ll be looking mostly at edge rushers and bigger guys inside, either at nose tackle or inside linebacker, who can help them improve against the run. They might get more secondary help, too. — Alden Gonzalez
The Patriots will always pick their spots, but after taking the plunge on the first day of free agency last year with a high-end, five-year, $65 million contract for cornerback Stephon Gilmore, it’s hard to imagine the team breaking the bank again in 2018.
The brilliance of Millsap’s work with Atlanta can be found in the type of production that stat nerds rightfully fawn over. In 2016, he led the league in defensive win shares, meaning he beat out players like Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside and Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard in a stat that measures how many wins a player’s defense brought to a team.