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Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACKS I WILL AVOID

I already shared with you the 2018 fantasy football running backs I will target in my Experts League draft which is of a PPR format.  Whether it is PPR or standard however, these are the backs I am planning to avoid:

Leonard Fournette:  While the overall numbers point to a very good rookie debut for Fournette, some trends continue to hold steady here.  The biggest is the fact that Fournette once again dealt with foot/leg issues which was a major problem for him in college at LSU.  In addition, Fournette wore down as the season went along as his yards per carry went under 4.0.  That's a bit too many red flags for a late first round or early second round price tag.

LeSean McCoy:  Even before the news came out of a possible domestic violence incident, McCoy was one I was saying to avoid as his average per carry sank in 2017 and also due to the fact the veteran is now at the scary age of 30.  Throw in the fact the Bills have literally nothing to offer in terms of help to take pressure off McCoy and count on seeing stacked boxes on a a weekly basis.

Carlos Hyde:  Things were looking pretty swell for Carlos Hyde early in the offseason as he signed on with the Cleveland Browns coming off a career-year in 2017 both running and catching the football.  Then the Browns went out and used a high draft pick on Nick Chubb and still retain pass-catching dynamo Duke Johnson Sr.  Too many mouths to feed here.

Lamar Miller:  Fool us once, shame on him.  Fool us twice, shame on us.  Fool us a third time?  Insanity.

Kenyan Drake:  The price is getting high here on Drake and rightfully so since he had a big December of 2017 running and catching the football and also seems set to be the primary guy in Miami this season.  Well the Dolphins still brought in veteran Frank Gore who could possibly get goal-line work and also Kalen Ballage is a very intriguing talent who is a terrific pass-catcher.  Think Carlos Hyde in Cleveland as a comparison.

Derrick Henry:  Like with Carlos Hyde in Cleveland, things looked great for Derrick Henry in Tennessee before the team went out and inked Dion Lewis.  Lewis will be the pass-catching back and change-of-pace, while Henry will handle the majority of rushing attempts.  This setup is not enough for me to believe Henry will be more than a low-end RB 2 in standard formats and a bench guy in PPR leagues.  Try to avoid.




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