2019 Fantasy Football: Top 5 Late-Round Running Backs With RB1 Upside

Leonard Carollo

1. Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints (Current Position ADP: 36)

Latavius Murray is my favorite late-round RB target by far this year for a number of reasons. First off, he is being undervalued in the Mark Ingram/goal line role, which he is taking over behind Alvin Kamara. However, any missed time by Kamara will result in Murray easily jumping to a back-end RB1 immediately. Murray proved to be a capable workhorse last year when Dalvin Cook was out and illustrates tons of value at his current ADP. Target him in every draft you are in.

2. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (Current Position ADP: 39)

Austin Ekeler

History speaks for itself with Ekeler. In just about every week of bell-cow status he received since entering the league, Ekeler has produced RB1 upside. The Melvin Gordon contract holdout makes this pick even juicier. If Gordon misses any time from the holdout or from an injury, which has definitely happened before, you can fire up Ekeler as an RB1 since he is clearly trusted by the coaching staff in LA to handle 20+ touches when needed. Snag him if you can later on.

3. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos (Current Position ADP: 37)

All eyes will be on breakout second-year UDFA Phillip Lindsay for obvious reasons, and this makes sophomore RB Royce Freeman insanely undervalued. His standalone value should surpass his current RB ADP of 37 and would immediately skyrocket to a low-end RB1 should Lindsay miss any time.

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4. Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (Current Position ADP: 60)

Edmonds is the clear backup according to Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, who has talked Edmonds up tremendously this summer. He should get a handful of touches behind a healthy David Johnson, but should DJ miss anytime... look out. Edmonds is an undersized back, but he should slide in as a workhouse back should Johnson go down. Edmonds is strong for his size and handled 30+ touches numerous times at Fordham. Not many players have this upside around his ADP.

5. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (Current Position ADP: 31)

What a disappointing rookie season it was for Penny, who went from trendy flex pick to the waiver wire without really getting a chance to show his talent. This was obviously because Chris Carson seized the job and never let it go. Penny, however, did show some flashes towards the end of 2018 that he could be the real deal, and I expect him to be breathing up Carson’s neck early on. Pete Carroll has been known the ride the hot hand, and a couple of bad games by Carson or even an injury would propel Penny into workhorse status, as Mike Davis has departed to Chicago.

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