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Sunday, July 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACKS I WILL TARGET

The running backs are up next in terms of those who I will look to target in 2018 fantasy football drafts.  This season I am all-in on going RB in Round 1 and maybe RB-RB to begin the draft given the depth at WR and value at QB.  With that in mind, here is who I am zeroing in on.

Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson:  I like those three in that order to begin every fantasy football draft and I will any of them without hesitation.  The fact that it was a busted wrist that knocked out Johnson and nothing with his legs leaves me with no worries about his health. 

Kareem Hunt:  I have Hunt a smidge before the three above and that is only because there are a lot of capable backs in K.C. with a healthy Spencer Ware joining Charcandrick West.  Be that as it may, Hunt led the league in rushing as a rookie in 2017 and has terrific receiving skills as well. 

Saquon Barkley:  This kid is the real deal and while I don't like to go heavy on rookie backs in terms of using a first or second round pick to get them, Barkley is the exception given his insane athletic skills and dual running/receiving game. 

Melvin Gordon:  While I don't like the fact he has yet to rush for even 4.0 yards per carry on average in a given season, Gordon has little competition for work in the Los Angeles Chargers' backfield and he also has developed into a tremendous receiver.

Jerrick McKinnon:  I already did a separate piece on how much I love McKinnon this season and being a prime back in a Kyle Shanahan offense means lot of rushing yards and receptions.

Devonta Freeman:  Last season was a bit of a rough one due to injury but that just means Freeman will come that much cheaper this season.  He is still as good as it gets. 

Dalvin Cook:  Cook was on his way to a big rookie season that could have rivaled Kareem Hunt's output if he didn't tear his ACL.  He is now looking like he will be 100 percent for Week 1 and so Cook should be gone by the latest at the start of Round 2 in drafts. 

Derrius Guice:  I like Guice better than any rookie running back not named Saquon Barkley and the path to big playing time it not inhibitive in Washington. 

Christian McCaffrey:  Ron Rivera seems intent on giving McCaffrey more work as a runner this season and that sounds nice when combined with his 80-catch ability. 

Alex Collins:  Collins is shaping up to be a monster value play as he has slipped into the third round in many early drafts.  The speed is top-notch and the receiving ability is solid as well.  He could reach RB 1 status with ease if all breaks right. 

Royce Freeman:  Devontae Booker will likely begin the season as the Denver Broncos' starting running back but I think Freeman will take over before too long and show some intriguing overall skills. 

Sony Michel:  Once again it is a crowded backfield in New England but Michel was not drafting so early by Bill Belichick to sit around. 

Dion Lewis, Duke Johnson, Tarik Cohen:  I place these three together due to the fact they all have superb receiving skills and I personally only take part in PPR formats.  Each can be a low-end RB 2 on the receiving game alone. 


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