Bears' Howard emerges as RB1

Bears running back Jordan Howard had three touchdowns against the 49ers in Week 13. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Few could reasonably argue that Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t been this season’s top rookie running back, but Chicago Bears freshman Jordan Howard continues to make his case as one of the top free-agent pickups of the season, regardless of league experience. Howard rushed 32 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers, and nobody scored more than his 29 standard fantasy points. It’s the third time this season that Howard eclipsed 20 points, and he’s a reminder that regardless of what round of the draft a running back is selected in -- real or fantasy -- relevance remains possible.