Fantasy Football Running Backs in the News: (September 8, 2019)

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LeSean McCoy RB (KC)

LeSean McCoy Expected to see around 15-20 snaps: McCoy is in line to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars and the Chiefs "plan for (him) is to get about 15-20 snaps," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Our take: Despite the fact that McCoy just joined the team last weekend, he's previously played under coach Andy Reid, which presumably helped ease his transition from Buffalo's offense to the Chiefs' system. While McCoy is slated to be eased into the mix Sunday, Damien Williams still profiles the Chiefs' Week 1 starter, with rookie Darwin Thompson also in the mix. In the coming weeks, however, it's not hard to imagine McCoy claiming a larger share of the team's backfield work, especially if he fares well with his allotted snaps Sunday.

The fantasy value of LeSean McCoy is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts . In recent drafts, McCoy's current ADP is 8.03

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

LeSean McCoy Average Draft Position PPR

Miles Sanders RB (PHI)

Miles Sanders Unlikely to start Week 1: Sanders won't start Sunday's game against the Redskins, with the Eagles expected to go with veteran running back Jordan Howard , Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

What it means: Coach Doug Pederson is notorious for using all the running backs at his disposal, but he also confirmed earlier in the week that Sanders will have a role in his first NFL action. Aside from Howard and Sanders, the Eagles also have Darren Sproles and Corey Clement on the 53-man roster, meaning if one is inactive Sanders would have an easier path to touches.

The fantasy value of Miles Sanders is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts. In recent drafts, Sanders's current ADP is 5.11

How much this impacts Sanders remains to be seen.

Miles Sanders Average Draft Position PPR

Melvin Gordon RB (LAC)

Melvin Gordon Holdout may last until late November: Gordon's holdout has a chance to last until late November, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

What it means: Per NFL rules, Gordon must report to the Chargers 30 days before the end of the regular season to ensure that his contract doesn't toll for this year and allows him to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. In essence, he'll have to join his teammates Week 13 as they prepare for a Dec. 1 divisional matchup at Denver. Schefter's report comes on the heels of Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noting Gordon is expected to come back in a window that spans "Week 6 though Week 8," so this situation may be resolved well before the end of November.

The fantasy value of Melvin Gordon is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts. In recent drafts, Gordon's current ADP is 4.08

Watch out to see if Gordon's value changes in light of this update.

Melvin Gordon Average Draft Position PPR

Tony Pollard RB (DAL)

Tony Pollard May be on tap for small role: Pollard may be in line for a more limited role than initially anticipated Sunday against the Giants with top back Ezekiel Elliott expected to handle a "normal" workload, Jordan Raanan of reports.

What it means: Pollard's fantasy value took a major hit when Elliott inked a six-year, $90 million contract extension earlier this week, but the rookie was still expected to have a fairly prominent role in the Cowboys' Week 1 game plan since the veteran missed all of training camp and the preseason while holding out. Earlier reports suggested that Elliott would likely only be in line for around 20-to-25 snaps, but the Cowboys have seemingly been satisfied enough with the 23-year-old's fitness after three practices to loosen the reins. Assuming Elliott does in fact handle his usual three-down duties for the Cowboys, Pollard may only be in line for a handful of touches as a change-of-pace back, which probably won't translate to enough volume to make the Memphis product a viable lineup option in most fantasy formats.

Pollard isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Ezekiel Elliott RB (DAL)

Ezekiel Elliott Eyeing 'normal' workload Week 1: Elliott is expecting to handle a "normal" workload Sunday in the Cowboys' game against the Giants, a source tells Jordan Raanan of

Fantasy impact: Despite missing all of training camp and the preseason before agreeing to a six-year, $90 million contract extension Wednesday, Elliott apparently feels as though his conditioning is up to par after logging three practices. Though prior reports suggested that the star running back would be in store for a limited slate of around 20-to-25 plays in Week 1, the Cowboys appear willing to loosen the reins on Elliott if he looks to be in good form early in the contest. If Elliott does in fact handle a normal workload -- which equated to about 25 touches per game in 2018 -- he would represent one of the higher-end Week 1 fantasy options at running back. It would also result in fewer snaps for rookie Tony Pollard , who had been poised to claim an every-down role for Dallas before Elliott put pen to paper on the new deal.

Up until now, Ezekiel Elliott has been drafted at the 1.04 in PPR leagues.

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Ezekiel Elliott Average Draft Position PPR

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