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Critical Tier Drops: Running Backs - Footballguys

Identifying the key value drop off points among 2018 running backs

Each fantasy football season the landscape of the skill positions change. One year offers more depth, while another turns into a studs and duds feel to the available player pool. Dissecting key drop off points in the positional average draft position (ADP) is critical to maximizing draft day value. Here are the key pivot points for 2018 at running back:

THE BIG FIVE (OR SIX?)

The top of redraft boards is littered with running backs in the typical draft season. The elite producers from the previous season, studs returning from injury, and ideal situations to thrive can compass their warranted profiles. 2018 is no different with Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, and Alvin Kamara as the general top-5 of positional ADP. The potential variables or quibbles with these backs include:

  • Todd Gurley looks to match his elite season from last year, a tough task for any running back.
  • Le'Veon Bell is reporting late and avoided in injury with a monster workload in 2017. Will he be so fortunate this season?
  • Ezekiel Elliott lacks a supporting cast with an eroding offensive line situation and lack of projected passing game weapons around him.
  • David Johnson is returning from injury, offensive line questions.
  • Alvin Kamara had historic efficiency and touchdown production on lower-level touches last season. Will he hold up to more work, especially with Mark Ingram II suspended for the opening four games?

Again, these are the quibbles with the best fantasy running back bets this season.

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