Sport Running backs who should go higher in fantasy drafts: Rookies bring risk but upside worth the gamble
2020 Fantasy Football IDP rankings, draft tips, cheat sheet
Get ready for your 2020 individual defensive player fantasy football draft with strategy tips and how-to-play advice, as well as IDP rankings for LBs, DLs, and DBs. Consider this your ultimate IDP cheat sheet.Having IDP slots in addition to the regular offensive positions proves to be more challenging in that it opens up a new group of additional players that have significance in your league. Most fantasy owners are already aware of the star IDPs, such as OLB Darius Leonard (IND), DE J.J.
ECR stands for “” which means the average ranks of many members of the fantasy football industry and is typically similar to ADP (which differs from site-to-site). This will be an ongoing series highlighting some big differences between ECR and my own ranks. In general, it’s usually best to regress to the market some, and knowing your league’s ADP remains equally important when drafting, but I rank the following players a lot higher than the general fantasy community.
Running backs who should go higher in fantasy drafts: Rookies bring risk but upside worth the gamble
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Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (ECR = Overall No. 12 vs. DDD = Overall No. 4)
, but I’d argue every back after the “big three” comes with their own questions, only without the same upside as Edwards-Helaire given his situation. The Chiefs spent a first-round pick on CEH, whom Andy Reid called a “better version of Brian Westbrook,” and the team is wasting no time (and KC ). I had CEH as a first-round fantasy pick before Damien Williams opted out, and now he’s the No. 4 overall player on my board in PPR leagues as the clear lead back on a KC offense certain to be among the league’s best as long as Patrick Mahomes is healthy.
2020 Fantasy Football Auction Values, Dollar Projections
Get dollar value projections for every position with the help of Fantasy Pros' Auction Calculator. It's a great way to spot potential sleepers and busts ahead of your 2020 fantasy football auction draft.Fantasy Pros is the place to go for all of your auction needs. Below, we have their values for 12-team, half-point-PPR, $200 budgets, but if that isn't the format of your league, don't worry. Fantasy Pros also has an industry-leading Auction Calculator that you can use to customize dollar values for your specific league settings. Fantasy Pros also offers the best mock draft simulator, just in case you play in both auction and snake formats.
Mahomes threw 50 touchdowns and won MVP during his first year starting and was on pace to obliterate the NFL record for passing yards (5,610) while getting 9.1 YPA and a 14:1 TD:INT ratio over the first six games last season before suffering a dislocated kneecap. There’s, and the Chiefs are also loaded with weapons at receiver and tight end (but not RB). So this is a jackpot setup for The Fresh Prince of Helaire, who’s one of coming out of college in recent memory (CEH is also with 1,000 rushing yards and 50-plus catches in a season). The rookie is going to be an immediate fantasy superstar.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (ECR = RB22 vs. DDD = RB12)
Again with the rookie risk, although running back is typically the easiest position to make the transition. This is admittedly aggressive, as Taylor won’t even enter the season as a starter and has a troubling fumbling history in college. But, averaged the most yards from scrimmage in college football history by a wide margin and is incredibly athletic as the when weight-adjusted. He would’ve been a top-five draft pick before NFL teams started valuing the position so differently. Taylor joins an Indy team with that’s also getting a major upgrade at quarterback (and ). He’ll lose passing-down work to , but Taylor also possesses underrated , and the Colts get to face the Jaguars and Texans 25% of .
2020 Fantasy Football Sleepers: One breakout pick from every team
Everyone has optimism in the preseason, and with that in mind, we choose one fantasy football sleeper from all 32 NFL teams. See which potential breakout from your favorite team is worth bumping up in your rankings.Hitting on any sleeper on draft day is tough, as you're trying to predict which lesser-known and little-used player is suddenly going to see a big uptick in production. If it were easy, fantasy football wouldn't be any fun because everyone would have stacked teams.
Marlon Mack is one of the league’s worst blockers/receivers, had just 3.5 YPC against base fronts last season despite running behind PFF’s third-highest graded run-blocking unit and is projected as one of the league’s biggest RB health risks by. He’s also almost certainly entering his final year in Indy, so his biggest fantasy contribution is helping to temper Taylor’s ADP of 39.3. It might require more patience than your typical early pick, but Taylor will ultimately reward those who gamble by finishing as an RB1 as a rookie. He’s a darkhorse to be the No. 1 pick in 2021 fantasy drafts.
James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (ECR = RB18 vs. DDD = RB13)
Whether or not Conner can stay healthy is a real question, but it’s his only one, as he enters as the rare three-down back who’s also on one of the best rosters in football. Conner is one season removed from totaling 1,375 yards and 13 touchdowns over just 12 starts, as he was drafted as a top-eight pick last year for a reason. There’s little competition for touches in Pittsburgh’s backfield, and the team gets a healthy Ben Roethlisberger back with intriguing receivers and arguably the NFL’s best defense. Conner is no doubt an injury risk, butand is in a terrific situation, so he’s a first-round fantasy value at a third-round ADP. I’d have no problem taking him in the second, ahead of Aaron Jones and Josh Jacobs.
2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Preview: Get at least one RB you truly love, then play the value game
This is the position that matters most in our fake game; ironic, as we observe the NFL starting to realize the fungible nature of running backs. It’s not easy for a running back to get a juicy second NFL contract, even on the heels of heavy production. Bell cows are harder to find, usage/distribution trees continue to get wider, and we’re willing to expect less from the RB2 and flex backs we roster. This new landscape might cause fantasy anxiety, but I say we should turn into the skid. You might ultimately get to a point of liberation; we need fewer points to compete and our depth searches can be wider and more creative.
Latavius Murray, New Orleans (ECR = RB41 vs. DDD = RB31)
No one is rooting for an injury, but if Alvin Kamara were to go down, Murray would become an immediate top-five fantasy asset as a capable three-down back in New Orleans’ system. During the two games in which Kamara was sidelined last year (he played compromised throughout 2020), Murray put up 307 yards from scrimmage with 14 catches (18 targets) and four touchdowns against two defenses that finished top-13 in run defense DVOA (including outdoors in Chicago). Put differently, Murray had more carries (eight) inside the 10-yard line during those two games than David Johnson and Raheem Mostert had all season. The Saints have one of the league’s best offensive lines and a QB who posted a 22:1 TD:INT ratio over the second half of last season (), so here’s your proverbial “league-winner” for 2020. There isn’t a better ninth-round draft pick than Murray.
Damien Harris, New England Patriots (ECR = RB55 vs. DDD = RB34)
This is a bit of a gamble since Harris barely saw the field as a rookie, but he wouldn’t be the first Patriots back to make a major leap in Year 2, and the door is wide open with Sony Michel uncertain to start the season after undergoing foot surgery. Michel also has chronic knee issues, struggled badly last year while finishing(he was given nearly 250 carries with the No. 2 Game Script in the NFL and finished as the RB34 in ppg) and toward the bottom in YPC after contact.
2020 Fantasy Football cheat sheet, rankings, sleepers, auction values, team names, draft tips
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Meanwhile, Harris is the all-time leader in YPC at Alabama, and there have been. The Lamar Miller signing isn’t great news, and it remains to be seen who wins New England’s QB job, but scheme matters most in the NFL ( ), and Harris’ ADP of 131.6 is awfully appealing for the likely lead back with fresh legs in a Bill Belichick offense.
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