Six members of the RotoHeat team came together to answer some of the biggest questions of the offseason. We bought or sold 13 separate takes and are releasing one per day. We submitted our answers individually so we were not influenced by others’ opinions. Please comment on your takes below. We would love to hear your opinions.
*All questions are based on ppr formats.
Rob Sullivan: SELL
Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette, and Derrick Henry are your top 7 running backs from 2019. This magnificent 7 all have a legit shot at returning to the top 7 again in 2020. I would say that of these seven, Jones, Ekeler, and Henry are the only ones that are not a lock, barring injury. The three spots they vacate are begging to be gobbled up by the likes of Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, and Joe Mixon. This rookie class has 3-4 really nice looking running backs. Landing spots are always a concern for the rookie class, so until we know where the likes of D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins, and Cam Aikers land, it’s hard to project their output for certain. Regardless, there are too many talented backs in established
Rick Butts: SELL
I know everyone and their grandmas think that this class is one of the greatest of all-time, but I am not seeing it. There are a lot of question marks for me, and more than 7 RB’s that I am comfortable being there that are currently in the league.
Taylor Cornell: SELL
Looking at the top-12 RB’s from this past year, it feels like at least six should repeat (CMC, Zeke, Cook, Chubb, Kamara, Saquon), with guys like Fournette, Mixon, Jacobs, and Aaron Jones all knocking on the door. While I think at least one rookie RB will have a fantasy impact right away (maybe even 2-3 depending on landing spots), I would feel more comfortable slating them into the 8-15 range in 2020 as opposed to top-7.
Sean Coffey: SELL
I am not saying this rookie running back class is bad. Actually, it is just the opposite. Most rookie running backs will not see the field much to start the season, or could be on a team with a bad offensive line. I also find it hard to think a rookie could pass running backs like CMC, Barkley, Kamara, Cook, Jones, Elliott, Henry, Fournette, Jacobs and Chubb just to name a few.
Craig Bullock: SELL
There is always a chance for a breakout season from a rookie running back. The position lends itself to success at an early stage, and if touchdown variance breaks the right way anybody could end up in the top seven. That being said, there are just too many studs in the league right now for a rookie to break into the upper echelon. Zeke, Saquon, CMC, Dalvin, Kamara, Mixon, Henry, Jacobs and Chubb to name a few.
Mike Altman: SELL
I do believe this is a talented draft class, but I think top 7 is challenging for a rookie. Six rookies have finished inside the top 7 since 2012; Trent Richarson, Doug Martin, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, and Saquan Barkley (Karmara and Hunt did it in the same year). While there are more talented RBs than Richardson and Martin in this class, my issue with this is the current RB landscape. We all could tout 10 current running backs that should end up in the top 7. Being a math teacher, I will tell you only 7 players can be in the top 7.
Consensus: 6-0 (SELL)
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