In Wednesday's episode # 746, hosts Andy, Mike, and Jason talk about the impression of the Duke Johnson Jr. deal on the Houston Texans and share their consensus on the Top-10 RB Rankings. In 2018, seven of the highest 10 RBs in the pre-event ended within the prime 10, excluding Leo Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette.
As a Fantasy GM, we need to put ourselves able the place you have got robust operating backs and handcuffs in case of damage, which is why Ballers supporters are waiting to deliver the sport again to your later rounds.
See RB damage history for Round 1 of the Fantasy Soccer Draughts Spherical. Matthew Betz,
1. Saquon Barkley
Barkley's means just isn’t really a query, we all know he’s incredibly good. Last yr, he led the league in yard dishonest with over 2,000, the very best all-time complete for a newbie, the 16th-best fantasy season ever (including an all-time low in the Lowland), as well as Eighth-most objectives. of all time (once once more the most effective of the native kingdom).
The most important question marks come from the actor he supports for the New York giants. Can Barkley be bullet-proof in a terrible crime where WR2 is predicated on Cody Latimer and uncertainty concerning the surrounding defender?
To be trustworthy, if Barkley crunches, he'll in all probability end up within the prime 10, identical to David Johnson. in 2018. The key for Barkley is to stay as consistent as he did final yr with a purpose to be as profitable in the course of the 2019 season if the group has multiple missing pieces and new gamers. Barkley made 5 fewer PPR fantasy factors per recreation without Odell Beckham Jr., however he was nonetheless among the best guarantors in that state of affairs. He has an alien high the wrong way up with a fairly protected flooring with a guaranteed quantity.
2. Christian McCaffrey
Last yr, McCaffrey finished with 1098 yards on 219 attempts and 7 touchdowns, and 107 receptions for 124 objectives at 867 yards and six touchdowns in passing games. Perhaps more importantly, McCaffrey was extremely dependable with seven "brilliant" video games, eight "good" video games and 0 rows all through the season, based on the 2019 Final Draft Package charts. Nor did he ever attain less than 10 fantasy points, besides for Week 17, which Ballers recommends that you simply by no means play.
It is very important evaluate whether the Panthers restrict his use or not and whether touch is regression or not. possible. His shipyards might come down from greater than 5 yards, however he ought to still be heavily utilized in each operating and bypassing. To provide you a snapshot of his involvement in the recreation, for those who only looked at his receiving numbers, McCaffrey would have made it to the WR16 Collection within the PPR League. He also scored 187 objectives in two years, principally by RB.
d.J. The return of Moore and Curtis Samuel and Greg Olsen ought to solely improve McCaffrey's touch potential.
three. Alvin Kamara
Nothing within the Saints' offseason suggests that Kamara is something aside from the absolute stud he has shown to be for the previous two years. Even with query marks surrounding Mark Ingram's return from the interruption last yr, Kamara completed RB4 in consistency class # 5 and scored more than 14.5 fantasy points within the week except for Ingram's Week 5 ball recreation. In 15 video games, Kamara rushed an unimaginable 194 occasions for 883 yards with 14 touchdowns and acquired 81 receptions at 105 targets at 709 yards and 4 touches.
Even with the addition of Latavius Murray, Kamara has sculpted himself as the primary character behind this crime. He’s also deadly on the end line and the UDK describes his production on the 20 and 10 yard line. Not solely is he gifted, but he is additionally incredibly insulted and may be relied upon as a consistent celebrity of the weekly, weekly fantasy.
4. Ezekiel Elliot
There isn’t a doubt that Elliot can also be a celebrity. In 15 games, he had 304 dashing attempts for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns and 77 receptions for 567 yards on 957 tackles and three touchdowns. Amari Cooper solely increased Elliot's production after joining the workforce mid-season.
In fact, there are considerations around his arrest and Tony Pollard is within the bathe among Dak Prescott and the group's grateful heap. It’s unclear how a lot of this speech is concerning the cowboy remaining in his country to pay Elliot. Nevertheless, if (hopefully when) he returns, it’ll make a lot of money and the group will drive him to apply as a lot as potential to justify his money illumination.
Last yr, on average, he touched every 50 corporations, while his first yr average was TD for each 38 corporations. It might look like a recession, but Elliot wasn't too lively in passing video games in the course of the first two years. His touch at his yards decreased as he turned extra involved in the passing recreation. If the message from the Cowboys camp comes true and Pollard begins taking over more work from Elliot, we’ll in all probability see his touch improve to the level of the first two years.
That is in fact IF we see Ezekiel Elliot on the pitch.
5. David Johnson
Despite breaking his coronary heart within the fantasy world, Johnson completed RB10 with 258 makes an attempt at 840 yards and seven touchdowns and 50 receptions for 76 targets at 446 yards and three touches. Although it was good, it was not the distinctive we had anticipated of him.
David Johnson was a sufferer of horrific teaching and deserves forgiveness. Surrounding choices for beginner QB Kyler Murray are Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Johnson, while assistants develop novices. Johnson was also a WR who was was an RB at the university and once once more has the palms to be a worthwhile asset.
Whereas something as simple as the pace of the sport grows, it provides Johnson more possibilities than he last had. a yr with Mike McCoy and later Byron Leftwich. Cardinals' new head coach Kliff Kingsbury is notorious for concentrating on his again, while Murray has very few dependable, veteran choices to select from in 2019.
6. Todd Gurley. As long as you perceive that arthritis may cause problems, he is within the prime draft for the second round as a possible top-10 RB.
In case you take a look at his other world production last yr, he had 256 scramble makes an attempt. 1251 yards and 17 touch points. It's seventeen touches. Though there’s some regression, you continue to watch the operating recreation's double-digit touches with steady objectives passing the game. In the event you take a look at his final 2 years in the league, he had almost four,000 yards and 40 touches, which is just 2 lower than Bell has had in his whole career since 2013.
There isn’t a doubt that Gurley's well being danger ought to be a priority. Nevertheless, let's say he gets only 70% of his workload in 2019. Contemplating about 179 dashing attempts, 875 yards and 11 touches in the operating recreation alone.
7. Le'Veon Bell
There are various question marks around Bell. He has had a yr off on a brand new staff with a totally totally different offense to the top coach, who’s well-known for his snail velocity.
That is clearly in contrast to the final time we noticed Bell on the Steelers. 'S offense, where he rushed 321 occasions, 1,291 yards with 9 touches, and had 85 receptions for 655 yards on 107 targets and two touches.
Once more, the Steelers and Jets are vastly totally different teams, and this can be a actual testament to Bell's potential to have a poor offensive line and without weapons like Antonio Brown to open the sector. For those who consider Sam Darnold and the Jets' offense proceed to grow, Bell is a much-used machete to hack his means into the top zone.
Don't overlook, Adam Gase didn't need to pay Bell. as much as they signed him, and then jets picked up Ty Montgomery a month after the ink dried out with Bell's contract.
See Fantasy Courtroom: Asia Leo Veon Bell and Asia Towards Veon Bell for a more detailed analysis of his 2019 outlook.
eight. Damien Williams
Regardless of the present, Williams ranks among the many prime ten within the Kansas City Chiefs' explosive offense. As a beginner at Week 14-17 in 2018, he averaged 19.6 fantasy factors at half the PPR. Nevertheless, he has never seen more than 73 touches in a season, has a complete of 183 transports for greater than 5 years, less than four yards before 2018.
Still, he is 95.eight % of its targets have a driver move price of 75%. He is a transparent leader on this lineup of RBs in transfer capacity and production.
The most important warning surrounding Williams is that his well being will change for 2019. The masters are unlikely to pressure the Damien Williams practice if he is injured and unproductive, and can as an alternative move to his different backs. Recreation script and well being play a key position as Williams reaches the highest ten at the end of the season.
9. Dalvin Prepare dinner
Dalvin Prepare dinner has never determined a better RB29 of the season, however it was mainly as a consequence of a lack of time in addition to John DeFilippo final yr, who forgot that the passing recreation ought to be accompanied by a operating recreation.
a healthy prepare dinner and not DeFilippo after week 13, he was RB6 with 46 dashing attempts at 248 yards and two touches. From that perspective, through the first eight games of the season, he had 87 photographs for 367 yards and 0 touches.
Each Zimmer and the new OC Kevin Stefanski are committed to growing the run price this yr. Now that Prepare dinner is healthy and is utilized, he ought to call the variety of clock cows if he can keep wholesome.
Andy and Jason have a much totally different ranking for Dalvin Prepare dinner than Mike. See # 746 to see how he explains himself.
10. James Conner
There was some prelude to the rise of Jaylen Samuels' reputation, and perhaps Ben Roethlisberger's production will shift with out Bell or Antonio Brown. Conner was RB15 between 9 and 17 in current weeks regardless of ending with 215 dashing makes an attempt at 973 yards and 12 touches and 55 receptions for 71 targets at almost 500 yards and one touch.
If the Steelers are true to their phrase and return to "Steelers" soccer, Conner is probably going a cowboy again as a result of the organization historically doesn't trust the committee.
It doesn’t matter what, the Steelers must be a profitable football staff in order for Conner to stay within the elite RB and attain the highest 10.
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