Updated: Aug 29, 2020
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This article suggests a not too popular fantasy strategy which might just turn out to be the safest way to help navigate the most tumultuous fantasy season we have ever encountered.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, as they say, and if ever there has been a year to be thinking outside the box when drafting your fantasy team, then this is it! 2020 Is the year to discard some of your normal drafting strategies, ignore the perennial narratives and generally go against the grain of the fantasy community.
Everyone knows that McCaffrey, Barkley, Elliott and Kamara are the first four running backs you should draft without hesitation in Fantasy Football. But are they really the safest options this year? What if, in 2020 you don’t always look to draft the best running back but the NFL backfield that will give you the greatest chance of winning? All players this year could end up missing time due to testing positive for COVID-19 or any type of injury sustained during the season. This could happen more often due to offseason and preseason being so radically different than normal and so physical player preparation for the long hard season ahead may not be sufficient leading to increased chance of injury.
This article makes the case that the following 5 teams have the backfields with the highest upside if you draft their top two running backs. By locking up any of these teams’ backfields you can rest easy that you have security in one of your RB slots for the duration of the season.
5. Ravens – I tried so hard not to include the Ravens in the Top 5, mainly because I am placing a lot of faith on a rookie but also because we are looking at a very congested backfield with Ingram, Dobbins, Edwards and Hill. Ultimately the combination of Ingram’s consistency and promise of Dobbins as a 3 down back with excellent hands makes it very hard to pass on this duo if you can draft both players. Also working in their favor is the fact that they play for a team that is absolutely committed to the running game with the most dangerous mobile QB in the game who opens up the running game for the backs.
4. Vikings – Dalvin Cook showing up to training camp made it very easy for me to include the Viking backfield on this list. When healthy, Cook is a top 5 Fantasy RB and the Vikings offense should be built around him. Yes, there are some injury concerns but, being able to have Alexander Mattison on your bench would give you greater piece of mind than most handcuffs. Mattison looked good when called upon to perform in his rookie season and at worst should guarantee solid RB2 numbers in an offence that values the run should Cook miss time.
3. Saints – Alvin Kamara is one of the most electrifying players in the league. A player any fantasy player would love to have on their team especially in PPR but also in standard formats. He can score at any point and from anywhere on the field and I can think of few players that bring more excitement to your season if they are on your fantasy team. Having said that, Kamara’s smaller build combined with his high usage does raise some injury concerns and that is where a veteran who has proven to be effective wherever he has played comes into the conversation. Latavius Murray is a bigger back who filled in for Kamara very nicely and was productive in Weeks 7 and 8 during the 2019 season when the latter was sidelined with injury. The Offensive Line makes the proposition of drafting these two players even more enticing. Ensuring both players are on your team could give you precious piece of mind.