My Fantasy League Running backs That You Should Add, Going Into 2019.
Each month I’m going to review the top adds/drops, from each offensive position, on MFL’s site. Also included will be my recommendations on if these players should be added to your roster. This article will be covering the MFL top adds and drops for running backs. I’m only going to talk about veteran running backs in this article. If you’re looking for MFL adds for IDP please visit IDP Guys for my thoughts on the defensive side.
Add Alfred Morris:
With Ezekiel Elliott‘s holdout potentially lasting months, the Dallas Cowboys needed to add a running back. They signed ex-Cowboys running back, Alfred Morris. He’s currently the lead back, ahead of Darius Jackson atop the depth chart. Morris does have the familiarity with the Dallas Cowboys organization and head coach Jason Garrett‘s coaching style. I see Alfred as the go to option for short-yardage and goal line carries. One running back who isn’t affected by Morris’s signing is rookie Tony Pollard and his passing game usage. Between 2012-2018 Morris had 65 receptions. This is a situation to keep an eye on because Elliott’s length of his holdout will increase or decrease Morris’s value for 2019.
Add Justin Jackson:
Chargers starting running back, Melvin Gordon is requesting a trade or a contract extension, in the David Johnson neighborhood, of three years and $39 million. Until this situation gets resolved, someone will have to stand out in this potential running back committee between Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Head coach, Anthony Lynn is hoping for big things from Jackson in 2019. Due to these two things Justin’s hype train is full steam ahead, but this isn’t the first time. In 2018, he also had some dynasty buzz surrounding him. Producing 206 yards on 50 carriers for a 4.1 yards per carry, while adding 15 receptions for 135 yards for a 9.0 yards per reception as a receiver. MFL has Jackson’s 2019 projection at 206 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 161 receiving yards. Much like the Cowboy running back situation, this will be one to keep your eye on as we get closer to the start of the season.
There isn’t much to like on this top drop list. If I had to pick one, i’ll pick a handcuff you should add for those who have this stud running back.
Add Ty Montgomery (Handcuff for Le’Veon Bell owners):
He signed a one-year contract with the Jets worth just under $900 thousand with a signing bonus of $90 thousand. With starting running back Le’Veon Bell absent for most of OTA’s Montgomery saw a huge workload. He has the versatility that makes him a nice fit in Adam Gase’s offense. While Ty has had his share of injuries, so has Le’Veon Bell. Bell hasn’t played a 16 games season since 2014. Even though Le’Veon had a year off, his track record speaks for its self. With the Jets being a run first team Montgomery will have a role in 2019. MFL has his projection for 2019 at 169 yards, 1 touchdown, and 130 receiving yards. If you own Bell, Montgomery is a must add for me and he does have a add percentage of 6.27 percent.
Overall there aren’t to many surprises here as far as who to add for veteran running backs. I do think each of these guys are players to keep your eyes on given the uncertainty of lead backs ahead of them. I’d rather add these guys now and if need be drop them before week 1, if you need the spot(s). Ranking the add priority of the backs mentioned above would be Justin Jackson, Alfred Morris, and Ty Montgomery. Please keep an eye out for my top adds at wide receiver.