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Ryquell Armstead 2020 Dynasty Outlook
In Ryquell Armstead’s senior season at Temple, the violent runner averaged over 100 yards per game in 10 games played. He added 13 TDs to his resume while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. His career game came November 10th against Houston where he ran for 210 yards and SIX TDs. Though he struggled with ankle injuries, he was named first-team All-American Athletic Conference.
The big 5’11 220lbs RB claimed to feel like a 190lbs RB due to his shiftiness. He invites contact and is clearly fearless when you watch his film. As a pass protector, Armstead excelled in keeping his QB safe, though he struggled to stay patient and run behind his blockers. He certainly wasn’t know for his pass catching and was seen as a player who’s more of a chain mover than someone who’s a threat to take it to the house.
With the 140th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple.
In his rookie season, he was active all 16 games but only got snaps in 14 of them. He didn’t post over 23% of offensive snaps until week 17 when he logged 62%. In that game, he was mediocre on the ground but dominated through the air catching 5 balls for 52 yards and a TD–good enough for 19.5 fantasy points. Even though he was a below average pass catcher in college, that’s where he made the most impact this season with both his TDs coming through the air. Scoring only 51.2 points this season and being the RB72 in PPR leagues, he’ll definitely look to improve on that next season as the starting RB.
Seen as a dynasty stash RB to many, he quickly became the clear backup to Leonard Fournette as the season went underway. As Jacksonville cut Fournette, Ryquell is getting his shot this year to prove his worth to the team. What will 2020 and beyond hold for him?
2020 has huge implications for what the rest of Ryquell Armstead’s career will look like. I want to caution people to tamper your expectations, as I see a mid RB2 ceiling for him this season. He could really come into his own as @_John_Shipley said ‘#Armstead acclimated quickly, seems like the kind of runner that Gruden likes, because he’s a dude that not only gets downhill fast, but he loves contact. Looks more explosive from last season. Legitimately good as a pass catcher, caught it well, ran routes well’. 2020 is shaping up to be Armstead’s breakout season.
Ryquell Armstead Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020
When looking to to 2021 and beyond, those of you with Ryquell Armstead shares need to get excited. Ryquell has the chance to earn and keep the starting gig. He has the potential to be a starter for a couple years and a RB2 value contributor if he shows he can produce in 2020. It’s clear that the coaching staff trusts Armstead enough to cut their best offensive player and lean on the well rounded Armstead.
It’s hard to look beyond 2020 though because there are still a lot of question marks for Ryquell Armstead. If you’re asking me though, I’m buying him now because his value has the potential to skyrocket.
Ryquell Armstead has a #231 overall ADP and #69 among RBs in Standard and PPR leagues. His ADP will skyrocket, so look for those numbers to change drastically. His value in picks in both 1QB and SuperFlex wil be a late 1st rounder or early 2nd going forward.
In 1QB leagues, players comparable in value to Ryquell are Ronald Jones, Mecole Hardman, Mark Ingram, Michael Pittman Jr., Dallas Goedert, Diontae Johnson, Marvin Jones, Joe Burrow and Ke’Shawn Vaughn. The players I’m not selling Armstead for are Goedert, Burrow, Hardman or Vaughn. If you’re in win now mode and want someone you know will produce, go after Ingram or Marvin. Rojo, Hardman, Pittman and Diontae are all guys I could see going one way or the other, but there aren’t any players who jump off the page for me to smash accept here. Diontae could go either way for me because he offers a lot of upside, but if JuJu is in the slot this year, I’m taking Armstead.
Players with similar value to Armstead in SuperFlex leagues are also Dallas Goedert. The newbies are Bryan Edwards, DeVante Parker, Laviska Shenault, Marlon Mack, James Conner and Antonio Gibson. The players I’m buying in win now are going to be Parker and Connor because they have the possibility to have great seasons. Gibson is a guy I’d see myself going after, but I’m waiting to see if Fournette lands in Washington because that would end the discussion for me. I’m going to pass on Edwards, Shenault and Mack here because to me they have solid upside, but if Ryquell wins the starting role, his fantasy managers found a diamond in the rough.