Christmas in…August? OK campers, rise and shine! Don’t forget your booties because it’s GO TIME for dynasty startup drafts along with your home redraft leagues. Let’s identify the best running back ADP values right now in August 2020.
Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – RB ADP 9
Are there really NINE running backs you’d rather have instead of Miles Sanders? Don’t think so. He was a league winner in 2019 and looks to take on a bellcow role in 2020. No, I am not worried in the slightest bit about the Birds potentially signing a veteran like Devonta Freeman for depth. This is Miles Sanders’ world, and we’re just living in it. Reach for him if need be, but if he falls to you at the end of round 1, or somehow inexplicably in round 2, SUPER SMASH BROS that pick as one of the first and best running back ADP values!
I’d rather have him over: Joe Mixon (RB 6), Josh Jacobs (RB 7), Derrick Henry (RB 8 YEP I SAID IT)
Todd Gurley – Atlanta Falcons – RB ADP 15
Please, please, please, I’m begging you do not overthink this. Gurley is still an elite stud, I promise you. He just went to a better offense with a substantially better offensive line and ZERO competition for touches. That knee is still scary, I agree. Then make sure you load up on RB depth if you select Gurley. But, if he plays even 14 games in 2020, he will outperform his ADP. He’s going in round 3, which is about right. Let the Chicken-Little-sky-is-falling knee truthers pass on him. Gurley pairs wonderfully with a Miles Sanders as a one-two punch of ADP values 😉.
I’d rather have him over: Aaron Jones (RB 14), Austin Ekeler (RB 12), Kenyan Drake (RB 10)
D’Andre Swift – Detroit Lions – RB ADP 25
I really don’t want to mush D’Andre Swift here, but landing with the Lions may take care of that without me having to feel too bad. Despite Swift being set up for failure (see Kerryon Johnson), I believe he will find a way to outproduce his running back 25 spot. Now, the crew here at Dynasty Football Digest (our Slack chat is 🔥🔥🔥 and worth the subscription alone) and IDP Guys are some sharp drafters. D’Andre Swift has been coming off the board in round 5, which for dynasty leagues makes a lot of sense. In your home leagues, however, I expect him to be available in the 6th or even 7th. POUNCE if he makes it to you there.
I’d rather have him over: J.K. Dobbins (RB 27), Devin Singletary (RB 26), Chris Carson (RB 22)
Later Round ADP Values
Jordan Howard – Miami Dolphins – RB ADP 35
If Jordan Howard can stay healthy in 2020, he will crush his current ADP value. Matt Breida has proven he very much cannot stay healthy, and is a change of pace back. Howard himself was even catching the ball a little bit in Philly last year before he went down. He won’t be challenged for goal line work either. My crystal ball says a 2016 LeGarrette Blount-esque season could be in store 👀.
Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – RB ADP 43
This kid is coming off of back to back 1,000 yard rushing seasons as an undrafted rookie free agent. Unheard of. Melvin Gordon SHMELLvin Gordon, whatever. It will be difficult to make it three straight games without a Gordon injury, and the upside at RB 43 is too juicy to pass up. I’d be reaching for Lindsay in rounds 10-12, but you might not have to to get that ADP value.
Chase Edmonds – Arizona Cardinals – RB ADP 50
I have a soft spot for Chase Edmonds after he won me week 7 last year with his performance against the New York Giants. He got banged up a bit after that. You know who came in and had a string of similar games a few weeks afterwards? Kenyan Drake. Those should have been Chase’s games! If Drake goes down, or loses that magic from 2019, Edmonds is next man up and I want that upside on my roster. Even if it never comes to fruition, these are the ADP values you don’t pass up.
Damien Harris – New England Patriots – RB ADP 58
Sony Michel disappointed for his fantasy owners expecting a big 2019 season. He didn’t look right all year, and now appears to still be recovering from foot surgery. Enter Damien Harris. The third round pick in 2019 from Alabama saw extremely limited action as a rookie. That could change rapidly with Michel’s nagging injury situation. Another guy with massive upside who I want stashed on as many rosters as possible.
Oh yeah, Jonathan Taylor is Saquon Barkley lite and really really really good. But don’t let his ADP get too out of control. Draft him everywhere you can. Dynasty, redraft, everywhere. Marlon Mack is not a threat and won’t be in Indy much longer. Nyheim Hines is barely good at the role he is supposed to be good at. Taylor is a beast and will be the Miles Sanders league winner of 2020. SHHHHHHHHHHH
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