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We got together with our Footballguys staff members and asked a simple question: Which player -- generally taken in the fourth round -- do you most-like having on your team?
Here are their answers.
I like a lot of the players in this range. My favorite is JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster is rebounding from a lost season. In almost every way imaginable, his 2019 season went bad. He was injured and lost offensive weapons en masse. His Hall of Fame Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only played two games before he was injured and missed the rest of the season because of injury. Through 41 games in his career, Smith-Schuster has played 30 games with Roethlisberger and 11 without Roethlisberger. When Roethlisberger plays, Smith-Schuster averages 16.14 PPG compared to 10.66 PPG without Roethlisberger. Over a 16 game pace, Roethlisberger would have been WR7 last year compared to WR37 without Roethlisberger, a difference of about two-thirds of a regular-season win. I expect a big bounceback in 2020.
I also like quite a few names here. I like Chris Carson (early) and Mark Ingram II (late). Baltimore was far and away the top run team last year, and Ingram was a big part of it that is going overlooked right now. Carson has the Seattle backfield almost to himself (I don't see a push from perennial backup Carlos Hyde at all). Carson is in a contract year and is coming off of a fractured hip, but all reports have him ready to go for Week 1. Carson will be pushing to perform well once again in 2020 as he plays for a major contract to be signed next off-season, making him a solid RB2 with RB1 upside.
The lack of an elite running back and removal of DeAndre Hopkins' targets means high volume involvement as a rusher and receiver for Johnson. In 2016, Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald combined for nearly 50% of the team's total targets which is rare to see, especially before the Christian McCaffrey era. The NFL is moving to a more versatile, multi-dimensional role of running backs and Johnson is in the driver's seat of the Texans utilizing this form of offense. The move to Houston is the break Johnson was looking for. He now has a chance to prove his worth once again and Houston is going to give him every chance. Side nugget - six running backs were selected ahead of Johnson in the 2015 NFL Draft including one Duke Johnson Jr, who is David Johnson's new teammate. Do you think David Johnson will let him sniff his role? I don't.
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