Gary’s special guest today was Mitchell Renz, NFL analyst and Fantasy Sports writer for Chat Sports.
The discussion was primarily centered around potential sleepers and busts at the running back position. Here are some of Renz’s observations:
On Le’Veon Bell: Renz is not going to draft him, at least at his ADP (Average Draft Position). At this point, Bell offers name value and little else. He doesn’t expect the Jets to have a lot of offensive production, certainly not like Pittsburgh’s offense.
On Josh Jacobs: Renz says he loves the Raiders rookie. Jon Gruden wants him to win “Rookie of the Year,” and Oakland will run the ball (last year, Marshawn Lynch was on pace for a thousand-yard season before he got injured). Renz expects Jacobs to be a key focal point of the Raiders’ offense. He will also be a bigger contributor to the receiving game than most people think.
On Myles Sanders: Renz says he doesn’t intend to draft any Eagles running backs. While Sanders may be the most talented RB on the Eagles, the “guy who protects Carson Wentz the most will play.”
On Leonard Fournette: Although he averaged less than four yards a carry last season (only 3.3), he is poised for a bounce-back season and could wind up a Top 5 RB. Take him at his ADP.
On Aaron Jones: Renz loves him. “He’s a very talented RB who can catch the football.” Renz expects QB Aaron Rodgers to put up better numbers this year, and Jones should be a recipient of that. He may wind up as a Top 5 RB.
On Chris Carson: Sees Carson as a solid sleeper pick. Seahawks ran the ball more than any other team in the league last season, and the former Oklahoma State RB has looked good in camp. He was a Top 5 rusher last season and is expected to get 250-plus carries this season.
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