2020 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Do Not Draft List


Welcome back Fantasy nerds, this is the Fantasy Six Pack 2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Do Not Draft List.

This list will consist of players who I will struggle to draft this Fantasy Football season for a multitude of reasons.

Whether it’s because their ADP is too high, their situation might have gotten worse, or they have just declined as a player. It could also be possible that a player had such a good year the previous season, that it could be nearly impossible to repeat it.

Now let’s get into some those Running Back names who I believe will disappoint you if you draft them at there current ADP, in the 2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Do Not Draft List.

2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Do Not Draft List

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Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (ECR RB8)

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Nick Chubb had a tremendous season last year, rushing for 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns on 298 carries. He also caught 36 passes and another three touchdowns through the air.

Unfortunately, once Kareem Hunt came back from suspension, Chubb’s passing game work was cut in half. He also only saw 2o carries in 3 of the 8 games that Hunt was present in. Though he did not lose a lot of carries to Hunt, he averaged about one less carry a game.

With Hunt likely being available for all 16 games this season, I expect the Browns to use him more in the running game this season. Let’s not forget how good Hunt was during his rookie season with chiefs when he ran for over 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl.

With Chubb losing work this season to Hunt, his ADP seems far too high for me. He’s going as the 12th overall player off the board according to Fantasy Pros. Some Running Backs going behind Chubb who I’d rather have included, Aaron Jones, Miles Sanders, And Kenyan Drake. I have him as my Rb12 in my personal rankings. He is currently RB8 in our F6P rankings.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (ECR RB9)

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Josh Jacobs was on his way to showing everyone last year that he was the workhorse back Gruden and the raiders wanted. He had 1,150 yards on 242 carries in 13 games, before going down with fractured clavicle that ended his season. Jacobs was better in standard leagues than PPR leagues however, he only saw 27 targets through 13 games last season.

Mike Mayock was quoted to saying that he expects Josh Jacobs to be more involved in the passing game this season. However, I don’t see it. If that where the case then why did they bring back Jalen Richard? He got the bulk of the targets out of the backfield last season.

The Raiders also used a 3rd round draft pick on Running Back Lynn Bowden Jr. Bowden played Wide Receiver in college until his Junior season. He even caught 67 passes during his sophomore season at Kentucky. So I can imagine they have some plans for Bowden Out of the backfield

Jacobs ADP is the 14th player off the board according to Fantasy Pros. He will get a lot of work in the running game. But I’m not interested in using an early 2nd round pick on a running back who isn’t featured in the passing game. I have Jacobs as my RB13, I would draft Kenyan Drake, Miles Sanders, Aaron Jones, and Austin Ekeler Over Him. He is currently RB10 in our F6P rankings.

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars (ECR RB16)

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Last season was the first time in Fournette’s young career that he was able to play more than 13 games in the season. He was, by every definition of a workhorse back, he had a 91% snap share according to playerprofiler.com. That was good enough for 2nd in the league for running backs. Fournette also has 265 carries for the season which ranked 7th in the league, while seeing 100 targets out of the backfield.

This offseason Jay Gruden comes over from the Washington Redskins to be the offensive coordinator for Jaguars. He also brought over his old friend Chris Thomason, who I’m assuming will take over the pass-catching back. So I expect Fournette to take a step back in the passing game.

The Jaguars decided not to exercise the 5th year option on Fournette’s contract, so he will be a free agent at the end of the year.  I expect the Jaguars to be very bad this season. So later in the season, when they’re out of the playoff picture, I expect them to look at giving Ryquell Armstead more of a featured role, to see if he’s part of the future.

I’m Avoiding Fournette at all costs this draft season. According to Fantasy Pros ADP, he’s going as the 33rd player off the board. Some players going behind him that I’d draft over him include, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chris Carson, Odell Beckham Jr., and DJ Moore.

James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (ECR RB20)

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James Conner had his breakout season in 2018 after the Le’Veon Bell Holdout lasted into the season. In 13 games Conner rushed for 973 yards on 215 attempts before having his season cut short due to injury.

Last season everyone had thought Conner was prone to have great season, being the no doubt featured back. But once again injuries took a toll on him, and he was only able to play in 10 games. He ended up disappointing all of his fantasy owners. With injuries derailing his last two seasons, I expect the Steelers to give some of his workload to second-year man Benny Snell, and rookie Anthony McFarland Jr.

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I wasn’t high on Conners coming into last season, and I’m certainly not high on him this season. He is the 42nd player off the board, which isn’t horrible. But to me, it is too dicey of a move to draft him. I would draft Le’Veon Bell, David Montgomery, and Todd Gurley over him, and they are all being drafted after Conner.

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About Dylan Clemons

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