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 copied and pasted 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.
With a potential holdout with Dalvin Cook, Mattison is primed for a breakout season. He can be picked up as late as the 10th round. This is an amazing value for a guy that has potential to be a starter. In fact, his numbers if projected out would have actually surpassed Cook’s numbers last year. I love Alexander Mattison, as I don’t believe in Dalvin Cook finishing the season healthy. Mattison actually averaged 4.6 yards per carry last season and only had 100 attempts. Cook is just a product of the offense and if you give Alexander the rock 250 times a season, he will do just as good and probably better than Cook did. While most say to draft Cook and handcuff Mattison, I suggest you draft a Henry or Jacobs and just grab Alexander later. Then you will end up with 2 RB ones. Cook will go down, I assure you. He has not finished a season in three years and I don’t believe that will change at all this upcoming 2020 NFL season. Be smart and draft this guy later as your RB 5. You will be very happy.
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.