25 Value Plays at Running Back

The Footballguys staff finds value at the running back position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the Top 150 and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

Player Receiving 6 Votes

Damien Williams, Kansas City

Phil Alexander: The list of running backs we can safely project for both double-digit carries and four-to-six catches per game includes seven names. Six are no-brainer first-round picks Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon III III, and David Johnson. The other is Williams, who plays in a more fertile offense than all of them. Even if you only project him at a modest 10-12 carries per game, Williams’ pass-catching ability and touchdown potential make him a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues. But Williams' size/speed profile indicates he can thrive in a bell-cow role. If the Chiefs commit to him for 20 touches per game, a top-5 finish is more likely than not.

Drew Davenport: When Williams took over the duties as the lead back last year he was sensational. In three games prior to the Week 17 finale, Williams recorded 5 touchdowns, 17 receptions, and 74.3 fantasy points. While the narrative against Williams being able to handle a feature back role continues to get replayed, the Chiefs showed confidence in him by not bringing in any major competition and anointing him the unquestioned starter. Even if he is only getting 15 touches a game, he's in an extremely potent offense with a Head Coach who excels at the screen game. His ADP is steep, but he has elite potential.

Will Grant: Williams came on strong at the end of last season replacing Kareem Hunt for the Chiefs and posted some impressive totals over the final four games of the season (almost 350 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns). But for some reason, the addition of Carlos Hyde and Darwin Thompson has fantasy owners hesitating to pull the trigger on Williams. At his current ADP, you can acquire a running back with legitimate top-10 fantasy potential well after all of the second-tier running backs are off the board.

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