Top fantasy rookies to draft in 2019: Running back class, Kyler Murray offer major upside

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

Andy Behrens: If I didn’t declare David Montgomery on this piece, then Brad would have written about him for the 194th time. And nobody needs that. Montgomery doesn’t fairly have Josh Jacobs’ unobstructed path to a zillion touches, neither is he prone to match the full-season level whole of Kyler Murray. He’s been a high-buzz rookie all through the offseason, nevertheless, because of runs like this…

Bears coaches and workers have executed a horrible job hiding their enthusiasm for Montgomery this summer season. It’s clear he’s going to have an enormous position in a backfield by which Jordan Howard’s 270 touches are up for grabs. Montgomery is a tackle-breaking machine, well-positioned to outproduce his Yahoo ADP (59.2).

Devin Singletary, Buffalo Payments

Brad Evans: The mixed age of Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy rivals that of Gandalf plus Dumbledore. Outdoors of Singletary, the Payments’ backfield is mummified, which bodes effectively for the youthful, more energizing rookie. Although he didn’t play in opposition to stiff competitors at Florida Atlantic, the 5-foot-7, 203-pound hearth hydrant routinely extinguished the competitors. His 42.2 % damaged deal with fee and 70.2 % of yards generated after preliminary contact had been nearly unfathomable. Additionally completed as a receiver, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than he buoys to the highest. Operating with confidence this preseason, he’s one of many finer late-round stashes within the sport. It might be no shock if he began 5 video games or extra.

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

Dalton Del Don: The Rams seem to have the perfect system for operating backs proper now, evidenced by C.J. Anderson’s dominant stretch run final season after actually coming off his sofa. Todd Gurley, in the meantime, has an arthritic knee situation that’s going to restrict his touches transferring ahead at greatest and forestall him from enjoying altogether (prefer it did at occasions throughout the group’s most important moments final season) at worst. Enter Henderson, whom the Rams traded up for to draft after he completed his profession at Memphis with a university soccer report 8.2 YPC mark. Henderson could be loads priceless in an “Alvin Kamara sort position” as a receiver, however he additionally possesses league-winning upside not like another mid-round decide ought to Gurley’s knee situation worsen (it’s not getting any higher) and as an ideal fit in LA’s system.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Matt Harmon: Amongst all the gamers listed on this piece, the one more than likely to land throughout the Prime-10 at his respective place is Murray. After all, he’ll achieve this at a far much less priceless and deeper place than his friends however however, Murray’s ceiling makes him interesting even throughout the replaceable quarterback group. Make no mistake, there’s a nonetheless a tantalizing high-end on the vary of outcomes right here even after a shaky preseason. We now have not seen the true Cardinals offense but, not even shut. The Kliff Kingsbury scoring unit could not revolutionize the league in Yr 1 however they may function from the shotgun on the overwhelming majority of their snaps, play uptempo and throw the ball a ton. The quantity alone makes Murray intriguing. His speeding potential makes him certifiably intoxicating. He ran for 1,000 yards and 12 scores final yr. These totals aren’t life like within the NFL however even 600 to 700 yards would push him into the back-half of the QB1 group. On the very least there can be many weeks we wish to deploy Murray in fantasy as a streamer. At greatest, he could be a difference-maker that finishes within the Prime Eight on the place.

Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders

Scott Pianowski: I hate to delicate pedal a participant I selected, however Montgomery was off the board and I’m not as Cuckoo for Kyler as some are. Actually, I’m not in love with Jacobs, both, however what’s necessary is that the Raiders like him and suppose he can play in all conditions. Doug Martin doesn’t have a lot left and Jalen Richard is merely a pass-catching specialist. It’s going to be a boring quantity seize — and the Raiders offensive line might be troublesome — however Jacobs will play an excessive amount of to not be a key fantasy consider 2019.

That each one stated, the rookie backs I’m excited to draft are the lottery tickets, the blokes like Alexander Mattison, Devin Singletary, and Darwin Thompson. You may’t actually select them on this train as a result of they haven’t any ground, however oh, what an upside. That’s a dialogue for one more day.

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