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#136 📉 4 Running Backs Moving Up The Ranks

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My friend Denny Carter is fond of telling everyone to “adjust their ranks” after a truly inconsequential piece of fantasy “news” and I’m not sure there has ever been a more “adjust the ranks-y” post than what the Washington Football social media team had Ryan Fitzpatrick do yesterday...



If you haven’t manually adjusted Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel up your ranks while moving down Logan Thomas because of a chalkboard bit, then you might just not make it in this biz.

❓ Guess the quote: “They lined him up on the left, on the right, and in the slot...He looked like a new car that the they wanted to take for a test ride. How does he accelerate and brake? How well does he hug the road on turns? Do people standing on the sidewalk watch in awe?”


We are entering the stage of summer where a single quote from a coach or an observation from a beat reporter can shift a player’s ADP. This is because we are crazed, starved fantasy gamers and the NFL Industrial Content Complex is perfectly willing to feed us these tasty morsels. Here’s who is trending up and who is trending down in today’s fantasy stock market…

📈 Gus Edwards. The Ravens first gave Edwards a 2nd-round tender in restricted free agency and then yesterday signed him to a 2-year, $10M extension. Much to the chagrin of J.K. Dobbins stans, Edwards is going to be a big part of the offense this year. The good news is without Mark Ingram squeezing touches, both can be productive this year. Edwards is a strong selection after pick 100-ish in drafts (specifically standard and .5 PPR) right now.

📉J.K. Dobbins. On the flip side, this is a reminder that it’s going to be very hard for Dobbins to pay off on his current 3rd round ADP with him losing both carries and goal line work to Edwards and Lamar Jackson. There are reports that he’ll be more involved in the pass game this year—a must for him to pay off—but Jackson historically doesn’t check down to RBs much, so it takes a bit of hopium to draft Dobbins where he’s going.

📈 Cam Akers. If there is one RB that I could see crack the Top 5 RB selections by the start of the season solely due to hype pieces it’s Cam Akers. Yesterday, we got quotes from Sean McVay that he is ready to unleash Akers and that “there’s not any limitations” with how he can be used. McVay hasn’t proven to be the most reliable narrator in the past and has also previously shown a pension for erratic RB usage, so I still think there’s some fragility to selecting Akers high in drafts.

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📉 Saquon Barkley. The other day we mentioned that Barkley might not receive the full workload to start the season and now we get confirmation that he will not be available for OTAs as he continues to rehab his knee. This is a situation that we will need to monitor all summer. Fine, you don’t need to monitor, but I will for you. Enjoy the beach.

📈 Antonio Gibson. WFT RB Coach Randy Jordan said it’s “night and day” for Gibson’s development and wants to see him catch the ball more this year. Last year Gibson, who played a lot of WR at Memphis, was oddly pigeonholed into the early down work. It’s true rocket ship emojis blastoff szn if he catches a few balls a game in 2021.

📈 Myles Gaskin. For two drafts now, both Dolphins fans and fantasy players alike have clamoured for the team to acquire a more “marquee” running back. I hope you can see the disdain for such a suggestion with my quotes. Instead, the team has smartly deployed their draft capital and salary cap elsewhere. The result is a major vote of confidence for Gaskin. Per Cameron Wolfe: “When active for 10 games last season, Gaskin was slotted as a RB8 for fantasy football purposes. He finished in the top 17 of all running backs in fantasy points over his final six games.”

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🐦 Tweet of the day: I will never stop sharing Laviska Shenault propaganda...



Quote reveal...That new “car” described by Jeff Schultz in The Athletic is Falcons rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, who Arthur Smith is apparently having fun using all over the formation early at camp. 

See ya Friday.

Peter Overzet


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