Running Backs to Target

Every single person that plays fantasy football knows who to draft in the first two rounds. Every analyst has talked about it all offseason. But who should you be targeting at each position when you get a little further down the draft board? Champions Round is here to help! 

Here are three RBs you should be targeting in the middle rounds of every fantasy draft!

Running Back

Chase Edmonds - Rank: RB22

JUICE Projections: 134 carries, 600 Rushing Yds, 6 Rush TD; 55 receptions, 437 Receiving Yds, 4 Rec. TD

Edmonds has the chance to have a truly breakout season in 2021. He’s already proven over the past two seasons that he is capable of making big time plays. Now he’s going to have the volume required to be a true RB2 in fantasy football. His role in the passing game should increase quite dramatically in 2021, which means his fantasy floor is relatively high. At worst he should be similar to prime James White. However, his running share should be about 50-50 with James Conner, meaning he will have the chance to get 125+ carries this year. 

Damien Harris - Rank: RB24

JUICE Projections: 227 carries, 1067 Rushing Yds, 10 Rush TD; 14 receptions, 92 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Harris is not your prototypical New England back, but this is no longer a prototypical New England team. Last season Harris proved that he could be an every down back and he is clearly making a case in camp that he should be a three-down back. Now is that going to happen with the Patriots? Probably not. James White is still there and will likely be heavily involved in the passing game. But Harris should see a role similar to that of Nick Chubb with the Browns. He may not have the efficiency of Chubb, but who does? Harris will get a big chunk of the rushing plays for the Patriots this season and should do well with those touches.

Javonte Williams - Rank: RB37

JUICE Projections: 135 carries, 648 Rushing Yds, 5 Rush TD; 19 receptions, 119 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

When drafting in the 5th and 6th rounds of your home leagues, do you want to take the floor of Gordon or the ceiling of Williams? I’m usually a go for it type of guy. Why play it safe? 

Williams is an electric back who should be more efficient running the ball than Gordon and is a good receiver. There’s a decent chance, especially if Gordon gets injured, that Williams is a league winning type of pick. 

Obviously a lot depends on the volume piece here and how quickly Gordon is phased out of the offense, if he is at all. If I had to bet right now I would say Williams is the lead back in Denver by Week 8.

Other RBs to Target:

  • Travis Etienne
  • Zack Moss
  • Tony Pollard