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Wisdom of the Writers: Favorite Late-Round Running Back

By Mike Krueger | 8/27/22 |

I asked a group of the FFToday writers to assume the following when answering the question below…

- Re-draft, PPR league
- 12 Owners
- Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 Flex, 1 D/ST
- Draft: 18 Rounds

Favorite Late-Round Running Back (RD 14 and beyond)

Ameer Abdullah, LV. It is hard to find potential impact players at running back after 150 picks, but Abdullah has a chance (and now a role with Kenyan Drake no longer on the roster) to be an exception. Las Vegas will be in its fair share of shootouts in the AFC West this season and Abdullah is shaping up to the be next in a long line of pass-catching backs (Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead, James White, etc.) who have thrived in a Josh McDaniels' offense. – Doug Orth

Khalil Herbert, CHI. In four starts last season, Herbert rushed for 344 yards on 78 carries, and new OC Luke Getsy comes for the Packers where they’ve always featured two backs under Matt LaFleur. Plus, if the Bears can nab an asset for David Montgomery, who is set to hit free agency after the season, they might look to move him before the deadline. – HC Green

Zamir White, LV. With an ADP of 181.7, the rookie could end up being a huge fantasy asset. The Raiders have released Kenyan Drake leaving White and journeyman Ameer Abdullah to backup inconsistent Josh Jacobs. – Steve Schwarz

Zamir White, LV. The Raiders are moving on from Kenyan Drake, leaving the depth chart behind Josh Jacobs sketchy. White is a 215-lb running back with 4.40 speed and has a real chance to contribute as a rookie, including the asymmetrical upside of potentially being an every-down workhorse if Jacobs was to go down with an injury. – Nick Caron

Jerick McKinnon, KC. Does anyone else the Chiefs could roll out at the position (CEH, Ronald Jones, or Isiah Pacheco) feel like a surefire, full-year starter? McKinnon was surprisingly solid in last year’s playoffs (over 100 total yards per game), is the best pass blocker of the bunch (important considering whom he’s protecting), and will be dirt cheap come draft day. – Joseph Hutchins

Jaylen Warren, PIT. The undrafted rookie has turned heads in camp, and vaulted up an uninspiring depth chart to seemingly take the back-up role to Najee Harris. Warren could fall into a boatload of touches and fantasy value if Harris misses time. – Colby Cavaliere

Eno Benjamin, ARI. While Benjamin isn’t an every-down back who will carry any kind of serious load, he is a quality pass catcher who is comfortable in space, which makes him a nice fit for HC Kliff Kingsbury’s system. The good news for fantasy owners is that he’s a guy more likely to join RB1 James Conner on 3rd down than a guy who has to wait to replace him (i.e. injury handcuff, etc.). – Ken Ilchuk

Kenneth Gainwell, PHI. I love what I saw from him during the 2021 rookie campaign, and he’s done nothing but what the Eagles have asked of him in high-leverage situations. With Miles Sanders such an unreliable commodity, Boston Scott standing just 5-6, and no other RBs standing out from the crowd in Philly, Gainwell could find himself in position for excellent late-round value in PPR leagues. – Antonio D’Arcangelis

D'Onta Foreman, CAR. I loved the way he ran last season when Derrick Henry got hurt and now, he's backing up another stud at the position - a stud with a recent injury history. – Kirk Hollis

Zamir White, LV. Kenyan Drake has been cut and the Raiders hate Jacobs for some reason. The new regime handpicked White and this offense is on the rise. – Bill Anderson

Jeff Wilson, SF. We know the 49ers love to run the ball (4th highest run percentage last season) and Elijah Mitchell is already nursing an injury (hamstring). Trey Sermon was unimpressive this pre-season and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price appears to be firmly at the bottom of the depth chart. – Mike Krueger

If you’re scoring at home, that’s Zamir White: 3, Ameer Abdullah: 1, Kahlil Herbert: 1, Jeff Wilson: 1, Jaylen Warren: 1, D’Onta Foreman: 1, Kenneth Gainwell: 1, Eno Benjamin: 1, Jerick McKinnon: 1

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