Buy These RBs Now!
By: CJ Krause
Just because a Running Back is past his prime doesn’t mean he is all but useless for fantasy. Here are some undervalued older Rbs that you can get below their value to help you in 2021.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once a first-round dynasty pick just a few years ago, Gordon is now seeing his ADP fall to the 7th to 8th round. This is AFTER a RB14 finish in 2020. Yes, he is turning 28 and on the last year of his deal in Denver. BUT for a winning team to lock up one of the few expected workhorses for 2021 ”“ especially at a discount ”“ is key. Now do not get me wrong, I feel he is more of the high end RB2 rather than an RB1. However, with Lindsay likely leaving in free agency, we can almost guarantee Gordon’s workload will increase, raising his floor and adding stability to any roster.
Mostert has been the most productive back for the past few years for the 49ers ”“ when he’s been healthy. That is a fact. BUT the healthy part has been few and far between. I highlighted Jeff Wilson and Jamycal Hasty in previous articles because you just want the running back in a Kyle Shanahan system, PERIOD. Now Mostert is turning 29 and it’s unlikely we can predict a full season from him (because he has never completed one). But, for the games he is in, he is a must start. Being on the last year of his deal with the 49ers, expect him to be run into the ground. So take the discount, but have a backup plan.
This one is more speculative, seeing as Damien opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid concerns. Therefore, we do not know what he will look like with a year off of football. Last time we were expecting Dwill, we all thought he would be splitting carries with incoming rookie, Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Now, I do not think there is a chance in hell that Damien overtakes CEH for lead role. BUT inside the best offense in the league and Clyde’s lackluster goal line efficiency, there is a lucrative role available that he could take over. In 2020, CEH had 28 rushing attempts inside the red zone, but only converted 3 into touchdowns. Damien, on the other hand, had only 15 rushing attempts in the red zone in 2019, but converted 3 of them into touchdowns ”“ almost doubling CEH’s efficiency. Damien is almost free in drafts, trades and is possibly on your waiver wire, so go check for him. You can expect RB2/flex play potential from him week-to-week, with RB1 upside if anything happens to CEH.
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