Who Is the Top Running Back on a New Team?

The Footballguys staff discuss veteran running backs who changed teams over the offseason

Who is your top running back on a different team in 2020? Are you targeting this player in a normal redraft league? Do you think they might be underrated by most of the fantasy community?

Chad Parsons

Todd Gurley gets my vote with his quality landing spot in Atlanta. Gurley was running on fantasy fumes by many heading into 2019, yet saw strong volume and produced a steady season despite the Rams overall taking a step back and many expected Darrell Henderson to challenge Gurley, at a minimum, for the lead job. Gurley snagged one of the few high-level landing spots this offseason in Atlanta and should see minimal dilution of his touches on a strong offense with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Hayden Hurst as viable weapons. Gurley around RB20 in early ADP in redraft is appealing in the cheap RB1 option zone if loading up on other positions in the first 3-4 rounds or as an RB2 with RB1 upside in more balanced builds.

Jason Wood

There are really three options to choose from:

  1. Toddy Gurley in Atlanta
  2. Melvin Gordon III in Denver
  3. David Johnson in Houston

Johnson is my least favorite of this group because the bloom was already off the rose with Johnson in Arizona and ended up being deemed expendable for Kenyan Drake. Based on my projections, Gurley slightly edges out Gordon right now, but I'm not beholden to keeping that viewpoint as the preseason gets underway. Gordon is healthier than Gurley, that's inarguable. What we don't know is how much Phillip Lindsay still figures into the Broncos' plans, whereas Gurley will get as many touches as his body can handle.

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