Running back production is about opportunity. If a talented runner sits behind an even-better starter, they wait their turn. The next man up mentality is paramount at running back with double-digit touches and potential auto-start fantasy football status an injury away. Here is an early look at the backup running back landscape for 2020 after the NFL Draft in tiers of fantasy upside and clarity of depth chart:
Clear Handcuff, RB1 Upside
Ravens: J.K. Dobbins
Baltimore splashed the run game pot in the draft with a Round 2 selection of Dobbins, an elite prospect at the position. Mark Ingram II is the starter, for now, but Dobbins may challenge for the lead role within weeks of the season starting, let alone by challenged by Gus Edwards or Justice Hill.
Browns: Kareem Hunt
With one of the easier predictions, Hunt was already an RB2 or Flex consideration in PPR formats with Nick Chubb the clear featured runner of the backfield last season. Hunt has a profile as a strong RB1 already and a Chubb injury would fuel Hunt returning to top status.
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