Running Back Sleepers 2020
When it comes to running backs you have to make sure you have a lot of depth. Finding the right breakouts and sleepers can make or break your season. Here is a list of Running back sleepers pre-NFL 2020 draft. Understand that the fantasy football depth charts will fluctuate predicated on who is drafted and what team they land on. While some of these players look great as sleepers now, the rookies may come in and kill the buzz.
Fantasy Football Running back sleepers
This man finished strong at the end of the 2019 NFL season. While it is hard to trust the 49ers running backs by committee, Mostert proved he can handle the load. Depending on what the 49ers do in the offseason and with their RB’s, he could be a viable option to pick up in later rounds. Finishing 26th in PPR RB rankings will probably steer many away from him, as most fantasy consensus rankings are copy and paste from last season. If you think outside the box and see the talent here, he could be a great mid to late-round steal.
This man is the definition of being limited by the coaching calls. Coaching (In this case terrible) plays a massive role in the fantasy production and output of particular players. Listen, David Montgomery is an absolute beast who didn’t get his full share of the volume he deserved with the Bears. Coach Nagy is obsessed with Tarik Cohen, who led the team in dropped passes. I mean what’s the point of having a pass-catching RB like Cohen when he dropped everything. Besides Montgomery can catch the ball himself and do everything else.
Montgomery finished 13th in attempts with 242, rushed for 889 yards, ran in 6 TD’S with arguably one of the worst O-lines in the NFL. Not to mention Nagy loves Cohen. Now from a week to week fantasy point perspective these numbers were horrible and lacked consistency. I love the talent of David but Nagy needs to come to the realization that he has a stud and a true workhorse running back, that is not being utilized to his full potential.
David Montgomery will most likely be a steal in this upcoming 2020 fantasy football draft. Mainly because he did not meet the high expectations that most expected. I personally and wishing him nothing but success, I believe he has all the tools for success including talent and work ethic.
Youth and upside are written all over this man. Volume and being the workhorse Rb in Buffalo is a big question mark. Finishing 32nd in PPR amongst Rb’s in PPR, only 2 rushing TD’s and 151 attempts does not sound appealing to potential 2020 fantasy owners. Let’s look at the positive though. Frank Gore hoarded 166 attempts and the question will be if he will remain in Buffalo and if he has any steam left at his age. I will be interested to see if the Bills end up keeping Devin Singletary at their primary back. I see him potentially being an Rb 2 with some massive upside this upcoming season. The 5″7 203 build is also my concern, as most teams like to a bigger back they can use near the goal-line to pound the ball in. I would consider stealing Devin in later rounds and hope that all things play in his favor.
We all know the Johnson Story. In case you were sleeping under a rock, here is the update. David Johnson to start the season as the primary back with no threat in site to steal the job. While looking sluggish in the first 5 weeks, he was putting up respectable numbers from a fantasy perspective. Week 7, everything went downhill for DJ. Mr. Do nothing for year Kenyan Drake was acquired and stole the starting job. Kenyan seemed to fit the offense a lot better than David did and because of it, Johnson was shelved for Drake.
I personally think this was personal and no one discussed it. I am still in disbelief that Johnson, who was the starting workhorse getting screwed by a coach who brought someone else in and started him over their starter. I have never seen a guy that supposed to be a primary back like this, and a guy that has been with the organization this long get screwed by a coach so bad.
Bottom line is that people will sleep on DJ because he did nothing last year. The good news is that his lack of production was due to a coach who lacked loyalty to his players and bench him for unexplained reasons. David Johnson now finds himself in Houston as the primary workhorse. I love this opportunity for David and he will eat. I feel he will be angry and hungry to redeem himself.
If he gets the volume and opportunity this man will shine. I don’t trust the Eagles Rb’s for fantasy football but later in the season, Sanders made a statement. He showed us that he can produce in fantasy and reality. Be careful as he may end up in a committee this season. If he does I may avoid him. I will be watching this committee situation closely and seeing if I can steal this upside Rb in drafts.