Fantasy Football Draft 2016: Overvalued Running Back (RB) Busts
RB Busts for the 2016 Fantasy Football Draft
August 24, 2016
With the return of fantasy football, we’ve been taking a look at the draft from many different angles. Today it’s time to switch over to the negative side and examine a few busts at the running back position. Some of these guys are just overvalued; others could be season-breakers. Let’s take a closer look at some names you should probably avoid, at least in the early rounds of your draft.
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers: Sure, the arrival of offensive guru Chip Kelly in San Francisco may seem like a buoy to the squad’s fantasy talent, but if you look a little deeper you’ll find that Hyde won’t be benefiting from much of anything.
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First off, the Niners’ QB situation is a mess, and their offensive line is pretty bad. Hyde won’t see a whole lot of opportunities with the team likely to be trailing in most games against a strong NFC West. Don’t take Hyde before the fifth or sixth round if you can help it.
Matt Forte, New York Jets: Forte will get drafted to a lot of fantasy teams based on pure name recognition alone, but we need to temper expectations here.
Sure, Forte was fantasy gold a few years back in Chicago, but he’s past that magical age of 30 now, and he’ll likely be in a timeshare situation with fellow Jets RB Bilal Powell. Forte is being drafted around the third round in most leagues, and that’s way too high for the risk you’re taking. Let someone else bite the bullet.
Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears: Speaking of Chicago, let’s head over there and visit with Langford. Many owners are assuming he’ll just jump right into the Forte void and excel, but there’s more to the situation than that.
Langford is a steep step down from Forte in the receiving and rushing categories, and he’s looking at a committee approach in the backfield this year. As such, Langford should end up going around round seven or eight in your draft. Don’t pull the trigger before then.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Here’s another guy who will see a lot of action in your draft thanks to his name recognition. Charles should be a major injury red flag to you, however, since he’s coming off another ACL surgery.
That gives Charles problems with both knees, and we’re likely looking at diminished returns statistically as his body adjusts back to normal. As a result, we may see more Spencer Ware as the team leans into an RB-by-committee situation in an effort to keep Charles healthy.
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