Fantasy football owners know one thing to be true when making a championship run, you need to be top four in your league in overall rushing yards. Your team needs an established group of strong running backs. While no one with a reasonable mind will take a rookie running back right away, there are two rookies who should be a strong number three and perhaps and number four running back on your team. There will be a select few fantasy football owners who take both Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson and Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs.
Both Robinson and Gibbs have as much hype, if not more, than Jets running back Breece Hall. Robinson and Gibbs look like they have the potential to have 1,000+ rushing yards in their rookie seasons. That sounds crazy at first thought that either running back would have that much success. Even if the rushing yards aren’t over 1,000 yards, these two might get a lot of passing yards too.
Robinson’s final season at Texas was one to remember. He rushed for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. Robinson averaged 6.1 yards per carry last season which was his junior year. It’s easy to see why Robinson is getting so much hype and he’s on a team known for its high-power offense. Sure he’ll share the ball with Corderelle Patterson but that may actually help him because he’ll get rest when he needs it.
Gibbs has an excellent season last year too which was his junior year. Although his numbers dwarfed Robinson’s, he rushed for 926 yards and 6 touchdowns. He averaged 6.1 yards too. His numbers improve each year and he has a high ceiling.
If anyone doubts what rookie running backs can do, let’s put things into perspective. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris ran for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns I’m his rookie season in 2021 despite the woes of the offensive line.
Hall missed a lot of games due to an ACL tear but in seven games, he rushed for 463 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry. Those were solid numbers for just seven games played.
Although selecting rookie running backs to start would be a huge risk, high-reward choice, getting them for depth would be a very logical decision.
Jaguars running back Tank Bigsby could be intriguing. Although he’ll have competition with Travis Etienne. Bigsby ran for 970 yards and ten touchdowns last season at Auburn. Bigsby will take the place of former Jaguars running back James Robinson who is in the New England Patriots.
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