Wednesday, December 1

Fantasy updates: Javonte Williams, Zack Moss, Michael Carter between RB position battles affecting rankings

As Week 1 of the regular season approaches, we find ourselves in the middle of the fantasy football draft season. While RB’s depth charts can be springy (especially with rookies), it’s important to see where the position is for the early part of the season. Obviously a guy like Najee Harris will step in from game one and have a heavy workload. For many other rookie RBs, like Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, it’s more complicated. That’s causing a lot of confusion on leaderboards and sleeper lists.

Williams has a capable veteran running back in Melvin Gordon who shares the backfield with him, so he’s had to earn his job this offseason. Michael Carter isn’t in the league’s most talented RB ward, but he was simply a Day 3 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Day 3 picks often see uphill climbs to see a lot of action. A guy like Zack Moss couldn’t part ways with Devin Singletary in his rookie season, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to take more load this season.

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For now, all fantasy artists can do is consume the information we have now and do their best to project the future. Next, we’ll highlight RB’s top position battles and how they affect rankings.

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Javonte Williams / Melvin Gordon battle of positions update

When the Broncos traded in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft to take Williams, the writing was on the wall for Gordon’s long-term future in Denver. However, this does not mean that Williams will completely take over the backfield. is season. Last season, Gordon did not get to be an RB1, finishing as RB13 in the standard leagues and RB14 in the PPR leagues. He was still an efficient running back and pass catcher and took the backfield from Phillip Lindsay. The kid still has juice, but it’s obvious Denver wants to bring youth to the position.

For now, we’re assuming Gordon will be the Week 1 starter, but Williams will have a role. In the long run, it became a timeshare, with Williams presenting the best chance of completely overcoming the backfield. By FantasyPros ADP, Williams is being selected at the RB27 (standard) spot, with Gordon as RB29. Our projection is that Williams will get through most of the work sometime this year, perhaps during the fantasy playoffs, where it could pay off big.

After all, the Broncos decided to let Williams rest in his final preseason game even though injury free. They were happy with what he showed in his first two preseason games, and the decision makes it clear that he will get involved early. If you’re going to select one of the two, Williams is the clear choice for the higher silver lining. At worst, it’ll be a top-tier handcuffed RB with a standalone value early in the season before it’s completely broken.

In our preseason standings, we have Williams at RB23 on standard and RB26 on PPR. Gordon is our RB30 in standard and RB29 in PPR

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Zack Moss / Devin Single Position Battle Update

Moss and Singletary are heading into their second and third seasons, respectively, and this is one of the hardest backfields to solve. We could see one taking control of the backfield or a division close to 50/50. Nothing in the Bills’ preseason games gave us any indication of who is leading the pack. Moss ran eight times for 31 yards and caught a touchdown pass from Josh Allen. Singletary rushed 10 times for 63 yards and added touchdowns on the ground and on reception. For those doing the math, Singletary averaged 2.4 more yards / carry and scored one more touchdown. It’s hard to say how significant those divisions will become in the regular season, but Singletary is gaining steam.

However, Moss (5-9, 205 pounds) is slightly bigger for an NFL workhorse runner than Singletary (5-7, 203 pounds), although not by much. Neither of them has been impressively impressive so far in their careers, so we can probably expect to see a lot of the same. Singletary will likely be the most efficient player, which is why he ranks just ahead of Moss in our rankings. Often times, it can be smart to go for the cheapest option on your fancy drafts (especially standard leagues). There’s a scenario that both of you can be productive on one of the league’s top offenses, but don’t count on either one to carry the load for you.

Moss is our RB32 in standard, while Singletary ranks one spot ahead in RB31. At PPR, Singletary breaks away, ranking RB28 with Moss dropping to RB40.

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Michael Carter / Tevin Coleman / Ty Johnson battle of position update

This battle of positions is the most difficult to resolve. The trio of Carter, Coleman and Johnson are the contenders for the leading dog in the Jets’ offense. La’Mical Perine is there too, but he seems to be the stranger. Realistically, this could turn into a 49ers-like committee, with no real No. 1 all season long. After all, the Jets’ new offensive coordinator is Mike LaFleu, who managed RBBC’s own king, Kyle Shanahan.

You’d think Carter has the best chance of taking office as RB’s new young talent, but it’s important to remember that he was only a fourth-round pick. Without the expensive recruiting capital tied to your name, you’re not set in stone to be a top priority. From 2018-2020, 13 riders were selected in the fourth round (Joshua Kelley, La’Mical Perine, Anthony McFarland, DeeJay Dallas, Bryce Love, Justice Hill, Benny Snell, Tony Pollard, Nyheim Hines, Mark Walton, Ito Smith, Kalen Ballage, Chase Edmonds). Out of the 13 RBs, do any of those names excite you? Even the best guys like Hines and Pollard aren’t fantasy stars, but simple handcuffs and streamers. And as rookies, they did almost nothing. It is important to look at the historical data before assuming that Carter will be the leader.

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However, someone in the backfield has to come first, and we have Carter there. Ultimately, his combination of youth and talent should propel him, but it is highly unlikely that he will emerge as a player who completely controls the backfield, especially in his rookie year. LaFleur has a prior relationship with Coleman, and Ty Johnson has been receiving as many first-team reps as anyone. So while we have Carter as our top-ranked Jets RB, it can also be a smart move to take the cheaper option in this backfield.

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