My dynasty team (PPR, 16 team league) is in rebuild mode, and it occurred to me that all my transactions have left me with the better part of the 2020 RB draft class, with the main exceptions being no Najee Harris or Javonte Williams. So let’s talk about all of them, even the ones I don’t have. I am ranking them in the order of how good I think l they are:
- Najee Harris (don’t have): I tried to trade for him, but he is just too expensive (reasonably so). If you have him, count your blessings.
- Rhamondre Stevenson: Just my opinion, he was the steal of the NFL draft (Patriots took him in the 4th round). Whenever he gets a chance, he makes things happen. If he has a flaw, it’s playing for Belichick. But when Stevenson gets a chance like he had last week against a decent Browns defense, and makes them look silly…oh yes, trading for him was the right thing to do. At 6’0", 227 pounds, he’s not a small back, which makes his moves even more impressive.
- Javonte Williams (don’t have): Even in a timeshare like he’s been all season, he hasn’t been terrible, although every other week being a single-digit performance isn’t what you want from a starter. Still, his future is quite bright, as he’s flashed some seriously good play.
- Michael Carter: Reminds me of Austin Ekeler, if Ekeler had better speed. Great receiving back, with great moves in space. He can run between the tackles, but the Jets offensive line doesn’t usually give him a lot of room for that. When they do, watch out! As soon as the Jets figure out how to use Carter, his floor could easily double. We saw his ceiling in week 8 against the Bengals, when he dropped 32 points on them: 172 total yards, 9 catches and a td. That is an elite RB. Even against Buffalo’s tough run defense, he put up 82 total yards, 4 catches, and a td. His floor is growing every week.
- Chuba Hubbard: Chuba is not a great RB. What he is, is a decent RB with a great opportunity. Playing behind “Cardiac Christian” McCaffrey is like a license to print fantasy stats, because CMC will give them to you with his inevitable injuries.
- Demetric Felton: A speedy little back who is almost too small for the defenders to find. With his speed and moves, he is just a missed tackle away from the end zone on any play. Naturally, his stature makes any coach reasonably leery of injury. Even with only 10 touches a game, I think he’d be a good flex play.
- Jermar Jefferson: He was doing so well, and then ankle injury! Granted, he still has a lot more to prove (like carry the ball more than 3 times without getting hurt). But he still had 2 td’s in 2 games, and looked good doing it. He definitely falls into the “prospect” category for now.
- Larry Rountree: Relegated to the Chargers bench, I wonder if there is any way for Rountree to find relevance. He is a wait and see project.
As you can tell, I have a deep bench, and I love stashing RB’s.