Setting the Stage
When it comes to redraft fantasy football leagues, Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell are the 1A and 1B of draft picks.
After that, we have 3-5 running backs that can take the cake as being selected as the RB3 in drafts.
Saquon Barkley and Alvin Kamara are two of the younger stud RB’s in the NFL. They both have phenomenal college tape and are now featured on efficient NFL offenses. Before I get into which RB I like more this year, I want to reassure that I prefer this RB in all leagues this year (standard, .5, PPR, and Dynasty).
Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
This athletic freak shattered every college product model. He is profiled as a 3-down back that could start for pretty much the majority of NFL teams. When a team selects an RB with the No.2 overall pick, they’re going to use him a lot. My favorite thing about him this season is this revamped O-line. Spending a ton of money getting Nate Solder from the Patriots, and spending an early 2nd round pick on Will Hernandez has to make it easier for Barkley. We also have to love the fact that he will never see a stacked box thanks to Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. Lastly, new HC Pat Shurmur loves to run the ball. Before the injury, Dalvin Cook was on pace for 379 total touches, which would have placed him 2nd behind Todd Gurley. He’s a lock for 350 total touches in year one.
Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)
Yes, I know Kamara was very efficient on mostly every run last season. Out of respect. He’s due for regression. Even with Ingram out the first 4 games, don’t expect Kamara to turn into a workhorse because the Saints have made it clear all offseason that is not the plan. They signed Terrance West and Shane Vereen to help over the first 4 weeks. I believe Kamara has a limited ceiling due to the simple stat that he never saw more than 12 carries in a single game last season. I still believe he is a talented back and can produce even with a low floor. Did you know that Kamara scores more fantasy points in just his receiving totals than Jordy Nelson, Sammy Watkins, and Amari Cooper? The dude is a stud.
Who to Pick?
It’s clear that Barkley is the go-to guy being involved in a guaranteed workhorse role. The main thing that scares people is that he’s a rookie. Don’t be one of those people. We all saw Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, and Christian Mccaffrey breakout as rookies last season. With team uncertainties, you could even make a case to take Barkley over David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott this season as well.