The evolution of the NFL to a league that passes first and passes often has made the bell cow a fantasy football unicorn in recent years.
Stars like Jonathan Taylor and Derrick Henry still pride themselves on winning in the league, but without a top five pick in your draft, it’s hard to pick one of those stars, which could result in you running into an RB1 from a not-so stack. – great choices.
That leaves you with two options: short serve a running back more or less while moving on to other game-changing talent, or, preferably, shock the world by catching an impact sleeper in later rounds. Here are three particularly intriguing names that fit in as excellent end-of-round options to help you round out your championship-winning team.
Coming into his second season, Rhamondre Stevenson has a ton of desirable attributes just on merit. An explosive rusher, Stevenson can attack an opposing defense with the best of them. His 2.7 yards after contact last year ranked fourth in the league in a cohort of Pro-Bowl-level stars Jonathan Taylor and Nick Chubb.
Stevenson’s hands are also an exciting part of his game, as he ranked second among Patriots defenders in 2021 in yards per target, behind the late Brandon Bolden. The ingredients clearly seem to be there for a standout year from a skill standpoint.
What takes Stevenson’s advantage to the next level, however, is the context and system he projects to be a part of. With the retirement of James White, the Patriots’ backfield is wide open, with their only real competition for touches coming from Damien Harris.
Given that Stephenson worked with the main team in a pass catcher role during camp, the only question is whether there will be enough opportunities for Stevenson to be a piece of independent value.
The 24-year-old has an advantage as a disadvantage in the event of a Harris injury, and with the continued growth of Mac Jones and the Pats’ passing game, Rhamondre Stevenson suddenly becomes an attractive high-ceiling bet late in the year. your career. next draft.
Chase Edmonds, Miami Dolphins
Right now, Chase Edmonds has an ADP like RB34, which is downright ridiculous on many levels. The former Arizona Cardinal moves to a Dolphins team with a lot of talent and a situation he should be able to turn into a successful season.
For starters, despite the Dolphins adding several bodies to their backfield, no one got the payout Edmonds received. The fifth year back was the first player signed by anyone during free agency, indicating the Dolphins have explicitly targeted his services and will rely on him in part to resolve the club’s futile 30th offense last season.
Furthermore, the installation of Mike McDaniel as Miami’s new head coach only reinforces the relevance Miami’s racing game will have this year.
Coming from the 49ers, McDaniels is known for producing high-quality quick attacks, including Deebo Samuel’s exceptional 2021 campaign that McDaniels helped to devise. That “McDaniels effect” could have a ripple effect on other notable coastlines for the Dolphins, which makes other backfield additions like Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel worth it, but it’s Edmonds and his perch on the top of the depth chart that make it a remarkable one. sleeper going into the 2022 season.
Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rachaad White is the most volatile option of these three players, especially as the difference between him and his competition is the most significant.
Leonard Fournette is once again likely to be a staple in the Bucs’ offense given his exceptional season with Tampa Bay last year, which saw him put up similar target/catch numbers to last year’s RB2 Austin Ekeler. The pair placed second and third, respectively, in receptions among the RBs last year, with Ekeler just outpacing Fournette. Needless to say, Fournette is obviously the guy without hesitation, and he’s not a guy to disappear, given the system he’s a part of.
What’s intriguing about White, however, is the kind of numbers he could put together if something happened to Fournette on the injury front.
The Arizona state rookie was a very skilled pass catcher outside the Sun Devils’ backcourt, racking up 43 receptions and an explosive 10.6 yards per reception on his catches. Clearly, White has the tools to make things happen on the versatility front, and there’s not a lot of competition behind him that looks ready to challenge should the opportunity arise.
All of these circumstances surrounding White, a high-pass catcher who can play an important role on an elite team, make the 23-year-old rookie the exact insurance balance he’s worth in the later rounds of his draft.
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