Post-Hype Running Backs: Identifying Disappointments Who Could Flourish In 2019


We all know the story… Highly hyped player disappoints and quickly disappears from fantasy radars. Should we really be ready to write them off so quickly though? Which of last year’s running backs could bounce back and deliver strong results in 2019? Let’s take a look at a few of the options:

Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s very easy to forget about Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones, as his rookie year was a virtual bust after being selected in the second round (38th overall).  Limited to nine games, he failed to make much of an impact both running and catching the football:

  • Rushing – 23 carries for 44 yards (1.9 yards/carry) and 1 TD
  • Receiving – 7 catches for 33 yards

Does Peyton Barber, who averaged just 3.7 yards/carry last season, really stand as an impediment to Jones’ rise?  How about Andre Ellington, who could carve out a role but hasn’t truly made an impact since 2014 and is more of a complimentary back?

With Bruce Arians heading up a new coaching staff we know the offense is going to be opened up, and that gives Jones a new opportunity to seize a role.  There are still going to be questions about his size and ability to handle a full workload (he’s listed at 5’11” and 208 lbs), but even if he gets 12-14 carries it should be enough for a player who called a “big play talent with a chance to thrive at a high level wherever he lands” prior to the draft.

He’s currently the 41st running back being selected, with an average ADP of 108.3, making him an easy selection as a high upside depth play.

D’Onta Foreman – Houston Texans
As the backup for Lamar Miller Foreman has been hyped up before, and this year will be no different.  At the very least Miller has consistently shown an inability to find the end zone (he hasn’t scored more than 5 rushing TD in three straight seasons), so Foreman could emerge as a TD vulture (he’s listed at 236 lbs.).

It’s easy to forget about Foreman, who was working his way back from an Achilles injury and played in just one game during his sophomore season.  That only helps him to fly under-the-radar, though if he truly is healthy and can return to this scouting report (courtesy of it’s easy to envision the upside:

Foreman has outstanding foot quickness and wiggle for a back his size, but will need to run behind his pads and with more aggression on the next level.”

With an ADP of 130.3, consider him a great roll of the dice.

Sources – ESPN,, Fantasy Pros


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