For the past two days I’ve been intently glued to some form of screen or another, experiencing an arousal not felt since I spied on Kerryon Johnson in the shower. It’s Scott Fish Bowl draft week! As I sit impatiently wondering what could possibly be causing my league mates to take two hours to make one draft pick during Pandemic 2020, I decided to pass the painful minutes by working thru some more 2020 fantasy football rankings. But first, here’s what I like about me! In round one and two of my SFB draft I landed my #2 and #7 running backs from the top 10 running back rankings—Saquon Barkley and Kenyan Drake. Then, after snatching up Uncle Julio Jones down by the school yard in round three, I came back with my #11 running back from the top 20 running back rankings—Le’Veon Bell. As you can see, I like my RBs like I like my psychedelic drugs: early and often. But there’s also some fun fliers waiting for us in the later rounds—I gave you my top 40 running backs last week, and there’s plenty of upside even outside of that group. Which leads us to the top 60 running backs for 2020 PPR fantasy football:
Tier 9 (cont’d)
41. Duke Johnson – I discovered this week that Duke Johnson’s real name is Randy Johnson. Remember when Randy Johnson obliterated that bird with a fastball? Ohhh the good ole days when sports existed and humans could go out to dinner. Anyway, the other D.J. in Houston hasn’t exactly been a picture of health over the past couple seasons in Arizona, which may provide a window of real value for Randy-Duke at some point in 2020. Worse case scenario, he should still be a decent flex option in PPR leagues with his volume in the pass game.
2020 Projection: 410 rushing yards, 45 receptions, 400 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns in 16 games
PPR Pts: 156 / 9.8 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 133.5 / 8.3 ppg | Standard Pts: 111 / 6.9 ppg
42. Boston Scott – The Eagles have had every opportunity to bring in RB depth behind Sanders, but they seem about as interested in that idea as the Patriots are interested in playing by the rules. Devonta Freeman does still linger unclaimed, but him landing in Philly is unlikely at this point. Scott was strong down the finish in Jordan Howard’s absence, he’ll combine with Sanders as a formidable 1-2 punch.
2020 Projection: 560 rushing yards, 35 receptions, 300 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 145 / 10.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 127.5 / 9.1 ppg | Standard Pts: 110 / 7.9 ppg
43. Joshua Kelley – I’ve seen speculation that Justin Jackson will spell Ekeler this year. I’m not impressed, it’s only like a six letter last name. Give the man something challenging like onomatopoeia or xylophone. Regardless of his vocabulary, during the Melvin Gordon hold out last year, Jackson only saw a total of 18 carries in three weeks; not exactly encouraging. If I had any money (I spent it all on Kerryon Johnson fatheads) it would be on Kelley as the Chargers’ #2. And if Ekeler were to go down, Kelley has a very similar skill set which gives him major handcuff upside.
2020 Projection: 420 rushing yards, 35 receptions, 350 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 136 / 9.7 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 118.5 / 8.5 ppg | Standard Pts: 101 / 7.2 ppg
44. Darrell Henderson – I whiffed hard on Henderson last year. Almost as hard as I whiffed on Kerryon Johnson. Which was almost as hard as I whiffed with the ladies in high school. And College. And last week. Anyway, the Kerryon miss I can attribute mostly to injury, the Henderson debacle not so much. The Rams traded up to take him and then simply didn’t use him. Now they’ve spent a second rounder on Cam Akers. I’m avoiding this backfield altogether at current prices, just a little too much uncertainty for my liking.
2020 Projection: 450 rushing yards, 20 receptions, 180 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 119 / 8.5 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 109 / 7.8 ppg | Standard Pts: 99 / 7.1 ppg
45. Tony Pollard – Being Zeke’s backup has been a cushy job to this point: chill on the bench, eat Zeke’s leftover crumbs, rinse and repeat. Maybe this is the year the Cowboys decide to take some of that heavy load off Elliott’s shoulders. Or maybe this is the year Zeke finally gets injured and misses time. In the former case Pollard should provide nice value at his 11th round ADP. In the later case his value shoots thru the roof to RB1 territory.
2020 Projection: 550 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 150 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 15 games
PPR Pts: 119 / 7.9 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 106.5 / 7.1 ppg | Standard Pts: 94 / 6.3 ppg
46. Darrynton Evans – In March I wrote a bit about Derrick Henry’s massive 2019 workload. The numbers say there’s a decent chance Henry misses time this season, but it’s also a small sample of numbers and I’m not sure if that’s English they’re speaking. Without a Henry injury, it’s hard to see Evans providing much fantasy value this year except for deeper PPR leagues.
2020 Projection: 480 rushing yards, 35 receptions, 220 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 117 / 8.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 99.5 / 7.1 ppg | Standard Pts: 82 / 5.9 ppg
47. A.J. Dillon – I’ve been banging the drum for Dillon since I saw his sexy thighs at the combine. I mean those things are like a cross between a gorilla’s hind legs and a greek god. I docked Aaron Jones a bit post draft because I expect the tractor Dillon to take at least a chunk of the goal line work immediately, if not all of it. And if Jones goes down, then there’s massive upside with Dillon which is why he’s ahead of many of the names below. That, and the legs.
2020 Projection: 540 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 50 receiving yards, 7 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 111 / 7.9 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 106 / 7.6 ppg | Standard Pts: 101 / 7.2 ppg
48. Zack Moss – The Singletary fan club hates me—along with my friends, family and co-workers, but for different reasons. I think Moss is the better, more well rounded back. Don’t be shocked if the rookie puts up better numbers than Singletary, even in a corona-stunted year one.
2020 Projection: 680 rushing yards, 15 receptions, 100 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 117 / 8.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 109.5 / 7.8 ppg | Standard Pts: 102 / 7.3 ppg
49. Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Here’s what I said about Vaughn in my top 10 rookies for dynasty leagues, “Bruce Arians isn’t afraid to use a bellcow and has no allegiance to Ronald Jones, who was drafted by the previous regime. I’m expecting Vaughn to take the pirate by the balls at some point in 2020. Anyone claiming Brady didn’t have a say in this year’s draft picks seems naive. The Bucs are going to score a lot of points too, I’ll be targeting Vaughn even in redraft leagues.” I have the youngster from Vandy ranked right around ADP, he’s more of standard league target than PPR play for me but if he falls a little then I see value in any format.
UPDATE 8/12/20: LeSean McCoy has signed with the Buccaneers, muddying the water even further. Bruce Arians has also publicly given Ronald Jones a vote of confidence stating that Jones is the main guy and he’ll “carry the load.” It’s possible it’s just coach speak, but I’m moving Jones up and Vaughn down.
2020 Projection: 470 rushing yards, 20 receptions, 100 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 101 / 7.2 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 91 / 6.5 ppg | Standard Pts: 81 / 5.8 ppg
50. Marlon Mack – Two words: Jonathan. Snaylor. Wait, that’s not it. I’m fading Mack hard. He’ll have a role in the Colts offense still, but I expect Indy is Taylor’s world by midseason at the latest. And Hines will see decent usage on passing downs too, really limiting Mack’s potential. Unless I’m totally misreading this situation. I don’t read good.
2020 Projection: 480 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 88 / 6.3 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 83 / 5.9 ppg | Standard Pts: 78 / 5.6 ppg
51. Latavius Murray – Flying under the radar, Murray has posted consistently solid numbers over the past five seasons whenever he’s seen a steady workload. Unfortunately the majority of his 2019 workload came while Alvin Kamara was unavailable. Some talking heads expected Murray to slide seamlessly into the Mark Ingram role last year, and that just wasn’t the case. The numbers may look decent at year’s end, but don’t expect any consistency.
2020 Projection: 620 rushing yards, 30 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns in 15 games
PPR Pts: 142 / 9.5 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 127 / 8.5 ppg | Standard Pts: 112 / 7.5 ppg
52. LeSean McCoy – UPDATE 8/12/20: Shady has signed with the Buccaneers. I’ll be honest, I don’t have a great read on this backfield. McCoy could see a career resurgence with Tom Brady at the helm, RoJo could be coming into his own (or benched week 2), Ogunbowale could turn into James White and the rookie KeShawn Vaughn is now a wild card. I might take flier on one of these guys late, but it’s not a backfield I’m eager to buy into.
2020 Projection: 350 rushing yards, 35 receptions, 250 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 13 games
PPR Pts: 119 / 9.2 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 101.5 / 7.8 ppg | Standard Pts: 84 / 6.5 ppg
53. Matt Breida – In San Fran Breida showed flashes of RB1 potential, but he struggled to stay healthy. Even if Jordan Howard were to get injured, he doesn’t seem to have the durability for an every down role so the upside remains limited in a weak offense.
2020 Projection: 490 rushing yards, 20 receptions, 140 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 113 / 8.1 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 103 / 7.4 ppg | Standard Pts: 93 / 6.6 ppg
54. Dare Ogunbowale – Do you Dare climb out on this limb with me? Careful, it’s not very sturdy out here! Noooo you’re too heavy, eat a salad! I was all about Ogunbowale last preseason. Alas, it wasn’t his year with RoJo and Barber dominating the Tampa backfield. Now it could be all RoJo and Vaughn this year, but Brady loves his receiving backs (see: White, James and Burkhead, Rex) and Dare has great hands plus he’s solid in pass protection. I have a feeling he takes on a Burkhead type role in the new Brady offense. That or he’ll be cut by August. Either way, Ogunbowale’s a free roll for deep PPR leagues.
2020 Projection: 65 rushing yards, 55 receptions, 500 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 123.5 / 8.8 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 96 / 6.9 ppg | Standard Pts: 68.5 / 4.9 ppg
55. Nyheim Hines – My first thought when Captain Checkdown Rivers signed with the Colts was what a nightmare it’ll be for Phillip to move cross-country with his 20 children. My second thought was that Hines is going hold great value in PPR leagues. But in projecting Hines’ 2020 numbers I went back to look at 2017 and 2018 Ekeler stats and was surprised to see mediocre reception totals of just 27 and 39. A good bit of Ekeler’s 2018 value was linked to his rushing production (554 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs), Hines won’t have that luxury behind Taylor and Mack.
2020 Projection: 155 rushing yards, 45 receptions, 400 receiving yards, 3 total touchdowns in 16 games
PPR Pts: 118.5 / 7.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 96 / 6 ppg | Standard Pts: 73.5 / 4.6 ppg
56. Tevin Coleman – I mentioned in my Mostert blurb that I’m not looking to invest in the 49ers run game; Coleman is no exception. As I sifted thru ADPs, I was a bit shocked to see him going off the board around pick 100. I look forward to owning zero San Francisco RBs when Kyle Shanahan decides to give Jerick ‘Best Shape of His Life’ McKinnon 12 touches per game and Jeff ‘The Vulture’ Wilson all the goal line carries.
2020 Projection: 520 rushing yards, 20 receptions, 160 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 118 / 8.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 108 / 7.7 ppg | Standard Pts: 98 / 7 ppg
57. DeAndre Washington – UPDATE 7/31/20: Damien Williams has opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. Many expect rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to jump right into a bellcow role. I’m not sure it’s so simple, we might see a healthy dose of Washington and Thompson mixed in behind the rook.
2020 Projection: 360 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 111 / 7.9 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 98.5 / 7 ppg | Standard Pts: 86 / 6.1 ppg
58. Carlos Hyde – Before the Seahawks signed Hyde I was eyeing rookie RB DeeJay Dallas as a late round target. Rashaad Penny is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from ACL surgery and Chris Carson is coming off a season ending hip injury. The rhetoric on Carson’s recovery has been positive, but you just never know with these things. I remain in the cautious camp on Carson until I see him in action. Even then the idea of re-injury will keep me a bit gun-shy. Hyde showed he had plenty left in the tank while in Houston last year, why not take a flier in round 15 or 16?
2020 Projection: 610 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 99 / 7.1 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 94 / 6.7 ppg | Standard Pts: 89 / 6.4 ppg
59. Benny Snell – You Snell that, right? No, not that! Get your head out of the oven, 2020 hasn’t been that bad! How are you even reading Razzball with you head in the oven? I digress. It’s a crowded young backfield behind James Conner, but Uncle Benny is my favorite Steelers RB target this year. He looked great in his rookie season before getting banged up. Conner’s now been injured each of the last two seasons. Two plus two equals Benny. Someone please check my math there . . .
2020 Projection: 560 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 40 receiving yards, 3 total touchdowns in 13 games
PPR Pts: 91 / 7 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 86 / 6.6 ppg | Standard Pts: 81 / 6.2 ppg
60. Darwin Thompson – UPDATE 7/31/20:Damien Williams has opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. Many expect rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to jump right into a bellcow role. I’m not sure it’s so simple, we might see a healthy dose of Washington and Thompson mixed in behind the rook.
2020 Projection: 400 rushing yards, 20 receptions, 140 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 104 / 7.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 84 / 6.7 ppg | Standard Pts: 84 / 6 ppg
61. Jerick McKinnon – UPDATE 8/16/20: It’s time to get McKinnon on your radar. After two lost seasons to a torn ACL followed by knee complications, McKinnon is FINALLY back at practice and apparently looking sharp. It remains to be seen whether the Jet can actually stay on the field and no idea how he’ll mix in with Mostert, Coleman and Wilson, but it’s a start!
2020 Projection: 300 rushing yards, 30 receptions, 240 receiving yards, 3 total touchdowns in 13 games
PPR Pts: 102 / 7.8 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 87 / 6.7 ppg | Standard Pts: 72 / 5.5 ppg
62. Chris Thompson – This feels high for Thompson who’s only managed to play 10, 10 and 11 games over the past three seasons. But these are full PPR rankings, and in spite of the sketchy health he’s still hauled in 39, 41 and 42 receptions in those three seasons. If and when healthy, Thompson provides a decent floor as a flex play in PPR leagues, just don’t expect much upside.
2020 Projection: 175 rushing yards, 45 receptions, 390 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns in 12 games
PPR Pts: 113.5 / 9.5 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 91 / 7.6 ppg | Standard Pts: 68.5 / 5.7 ppg
63. Chase Edmonds – If injury, then good! Get your week 11 waiver claims ready! Edmonds is a talented back who’s flashed when given the opportunity. He’ll play a change of pace role even with Drake healthy, but the Cardinals weren’t exactly a run heavy team last year. Maybe that changes if the offense (and defense) takes a step forward this year.
2020 Projection: 400 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 3 total touchdowns in 14 games
PPR Pts: 103 / 7.4 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 90.5 / 6.5 ppg | Standard Pts: 78 / 5.6 ppg
64. Bryce Love – UPDATE 8/11/20: Derrius Guice was arrested for domestic violence and has been released by the Washington football team. Bryce Love lost his rookie season in 2019 to a second ACL surgery but reports out of camp have been sparkling on the Stanford product. Nothing’s guaranteed, but Love might find himself a role mixing in with Peterson and Gibson. Or maybe he shocks everyone and becomes the main man.
2020 Projection: 360 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns in 13 games
PPR Pts: 93 / 7.2 ppg | 1/2 PPR Pts: 80.5 / 6.2 ppg | Standard Pts: 68 / 5.2 ppg