Fantasy Football Running Backs in the News: (May 7, 2020)

Frank Gore Bills

Frank Gore RB (NYJ)

Frank Gore Getting chance with Jets: Gore agreed Tuesday with the Jets on a one-year contract, the running back's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Our take: Though Gore was most interested in joining Miami this offseason to conclude his career with his hometown team, he'll instead latch on with one of the Dolphins' AFC East rivals for his 16th NFL season. The soon-to-be 37-year-old's familiarity with Jets coach Adam Gase from their time together with the Dolphins in the 2018 season likely factored heavily into Gore's decision to join New York. After averaging a career-low 3.6 yards per carry with Buffalo in 2019 while offering little as a pass catcher, Gore doesn't appear to have much left to offer from an on-field perspective at this stage of his career. Expect him to handle only a limited role behind lead back Le'Veon Bell, with much of Gore's work likely to come in short-yardage situations.

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

LeVeon Bell RB (NYJ)

LeVeon Bell Looks set for lighter load: Coach Adam Gase said Monday that the Jets plan to take a "less is more" approach to Bell's usage in 2020, Rich Cimini of reports.

What it means: "Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch," Gase said, "to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time." Bell accounted for 311 combined carries and catches as the Jets' workhorse last season, but his efficiency (3.2 YPC) didn't nearly match his levels from 2014-17 with the Steelers. The 28-year-old's three-down skillset and fully guaranteed $13.5 million salary for 2020 no doubt locks him in as New York's top option, but it looks as though the team will count on at least one of La'Mical Perine, Kenneth Dixon or Josh Adams to step up as a backfield complement to Bell, which would eat into his total touches but could boost his effectiveness.

The fantasy value of LeVeon Bell is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts . In recent drafts, Bell's current ADP is 3.08

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

LeVeon Bell Average Draft Position PPR

Leonard Fournette RB (JAX)

Leonard Fournette Fifth-year option declined: The Jaguars have elected to decline Fournette's (neck) fifth-year option, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Fantasy impact: Fournette has been the speculation of trade talks throughout the offseason but nothing has materialized at this point, positioning the fourth-year back to lead Jacksonville's backfield again in 2020. The team's unwillingness to pick up Fournette's fifth-year option reinforces the notion that the team is ready to move on from the back, so it wouldn't be shocking to him traded at some point. Even if he sticks around for all of this season, it will presumably be his last with the Jaguars.

The fantasy value of Leonard Fournette is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts. In recent drafts, Fournette's current ADP is 2.01

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Leonard Fournette Average Draft Position PPR

Damien Williams RB (KC)

Damien Williams Could keep starting job: Chiefs GM Brett Veach told Pro Football Talk that Williams will retain his spot atop the depth chart while sharing the backfield workload with Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

What it means: Veach may be referring to training camp - whenever that happens - rather than making any promises for Week 1. After all, Veach may have called Williams as his starter, but the GM then referred to the rookie as a "franchise running back" and "special and unique". The Chiefs presumably will allow Williams and Edwards-Helaire to compete for touches, giving the first-round pick an opportunity to emerge as the lead back even if the veteran technically remains the starter. Given the immense potential for backfield fantasy production in an offense led by Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, the breakdown between Williams and Edwards-Helaire is sure to be a heavily discussed topic throughout the summer and into fall.

Up until now, Damien Williams has been drafted at the 8.05 in PPR leagues.

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Damien Williams Average Draft Position PPR

Raheem Mostert RB (SF)

Raheem Mostert Starting role strengthened: Mostert's projected starting role strengthened after Matt Breida was traded to the Dolphins in a draft-day deal, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Our take: Mostert was already expected to be the lead dog in a starting tandem with Tevin Coleman following his record-setting postseason run in 2019, but the departure of Breida clears up the backfield picture even more. Jerick McKinnon (knee) is still in the picture after restructuring his contract to stay in San Francisco, but the serious nature of his injury and utter lack of playing time since joining the team will likely land him in a backup role. Mostert will have the most upside in the 49ers' backfield due to his breakaway speed, while Coleman is likely to provide a decent floor if he continues to get double-digit touches in a shared workload.

It's possible to track the change in Raheem Mostert 's fantasy value over time by looking at where he's drafted. According to the latest PPR average draft position data, he's being drafted in at the 9.02 spot.

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

Raheem Mostert Average Draft Position PPR

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