Each fantasy position is its own ecosystem of value. Format plays a part as does unique scoring. However, navigating a draft (or trade value environment) ultimately comes down to players, tiers, and where are the key zones to exploit the best values. Here is a look at the 2020 running back landscape, highlighting the key players and tier breaks:
*Using the Running Back Consensus values available as of publication*
Strategy 1: The James Conner Threshold
As much as talent, fantasy drafters are looking for and projecting roles and a floor of usage for running backs. There are sub-tiers by the James Conner zone, but he represents a known role and usage for the outset of the season. With 18-24 running backs off the board, Conner sits as a threshold where having at least two backs rostered bolsters the comfort and floor of the position for a team.
- Christian McCaffrey
- Saquon Barkley
- Ezekiel Elliott
- Alvin Kamara
- Joe Mixon
- Josh Jacobs
- Miles Sanders
- Leonard Fournette
- Todd Gurley
- Le'Veon Bell
- James Conner
- Derrick Henry (receiving upside?)
- Nick Chubb (Kareem Hunt limits receiving upside)
- Kenyan Drake (minimal profile of higher-level touches for long dating back to college)
- Austin Ekeler (PPR-optimizer Philip Rivers gone, size for a high workload?)
- Aaron Jones (power run game transition? committee risk worth the price?)
- Melvin Gordon III (lost 2019, committee risk worth the price?)
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