Fantasy Updates: Questions on Sony Michel, James Robinson, Cam Akers, extra affect drafts, Week 1 rankings

Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season has arrived, and that signifies that fantasy house owners are beginning to set their lineups for the primary time whereas making powerful begin ’em, sit ’em choices (or making powerful late-round sleeper picks in the event that they have not had their drafts but). Which means sifting by means of some accidents but in addition attempting to determine the pecking orders in among the league’s most unpredictable working again depth charts with out having seen anyone play in preseason motion. When you’ve got Sony Michel, Damien Harris, James Robinson, Devine Ozigbo, or Cam Akers, it will be powerful to decide, however the newest harm updates impacting fantasy RB rankings ought to assist house owners make higher judgment calls.

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Sony Michel, Damien Harris harm updates

Heading into the 2020 season, there’s fairly a little bit of uncertainty on the working again place for the Patriots. They’ve lots of expertise on the place, however the best way that Invoice Belichick and Josh McDaniels would cut up the carries stays an enormous query mark.

Forward of Week 1, there is a little more readability within the Patriots’ backfield as a consequence of a key harm. Damien Harris suffered a hand harm that landed him on IR. He’ll miss not less than three weeks because of the harm. Harris had been considered by some as a sleeper RB that might turn out to be New England’s lead again, however now his path to doing so can be placed on maintain.

In Harris’ absence, the belief by many fantasy house owners is that Sony Michel will resume lead again element for the Patriots. Nevertheless, ESPN’s Mike Reiss is reporting that the Patriots “determine to ease Michel into the combo” as he returns from offseason foot surgical procedure. So, whereas Michel has long-term upside and TD potential, it is exhausting to know precisely how a lot the crew plans to make use of him.

Due to the harm to Harris and Michel’s return from an harm of his personal, the Patriots determine to make use of a irritating committee method to kickstart the season. Michel will seemingly cut up carries with Rex Burkhead whereas James White handles many of the pass-catching work out of the backfield. Of the group, the one one with a sure-fire position is White. The opposite touches out of the backfield may very well be cut up in any variety of methods.

White figures to be an RB2 in PPR and potential flex play in customary. Michel may most likely be a normal flex play, however you would be banking on a TD by enjoying him. As such, he’s a dangerous play even in a positive Week 1 matchup in opposition to the Dolphins.

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Fantasy Sleeper: James Robinson

After the Jaguars’ launch of Leonard Fournette and the next placement of Ryquell Armstead on the COVID-19 record, the Jaguars have lots of questions of their backfield. And for the time being, plainly they may be rolling with an undrafted rookie as their high RB.

In accordance with Rotoworld, the Jaguars’ first official depth chart of the season featured Robinson because the crew’s RB1. Second-year man Devine Ozigbo got here in as the highest backup, whereas Chris Thompson was listed because the RB3.

How a lot ought to we learn into this improvement? It is exhausting to say. With out a preseason, it is powerful to know precisely how Robinson, Ozigbo, and Thompson acclimated to the Jaguars’ offense. What we do know, nonetheless, is that Robinson totaled 1,917 yards and 18 TDs on the bottom final 12 months for the FCS Illinois State. That is clearly a few rungs down from NFL-level competitors, however he may emerge because the crew’s lead again if he proves explosive sufficient.

For now, the most secure Jaguars RB is Thompson, as he’ll play a task as a receiving again and put up stable numbers every week if wholesome. As for Robinson and Ozigbo, neither is a really helpful begin this week, however each ought to be scooped off the waiver wire or added late within the remaining fantasy drafts which can be but to occur. We’ll quickly see how the rotation shakes out.

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Will Cam Akers be the Rams beginning RB in Week 1?

The Rams could have spent a second-round decide on Akers, nevertheless it would not seem that they’re able to belief him but. As reported by Kevin Modesti of The Orange County Register, Sean McVay is planning on utilizing a three-back rotation involving Akers, Darrell Henderson, and Malcolm Brown.

Clearly, this can damage Akers’ worth, not less than early within the season. The rookie who ran for over 1,100 yards at Florida State ought to finally overtake the opposite two backs, however for fantasy functions, counting on Akers as something greater than a low-level RB2 can be a danger.

That outlook may change if Henderson (hamstring) cannot play within the opener. That mentioned, McVay mentioned that he is “optimistic” that Henderson, a third-round decide in ’19, will be capable to see the sector, so it’s going to seemingly take time earlier than we all know simply how huge Akers’ position with the crew can be.

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AJ Dillon sleeper replace

The Packers could have spent a second-round decide on Dillon, nevertheless it would not seem that he’s able to contribute in an enormous position for the crew but.

In accordance with The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman, Dillon is predicted to be the third RB on Inexperienced Bay’s depth chart behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. This is not an enormous shock, as Jones was among the best backs within the NFL final season (and in fantasy) whereas Williams has confirmed to be a pleasant receiving complement to Jones.

Dillon could finally work his manner into the rotation extra because the season goes alongside. For now although, it is powerful to belief the rookie as something greater than a possible handcuff stash.

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