Every season there are breakout rookie running backs. Last year, we saw the obvious candidate, when second overall pick Saquon Barkley thrived with the Giants. But we also were witness to the undrafted Phillip Lindsay being the most consistent fantasy producer for the Broncos.
Looking ahead to this season, these are the three rookie running backs most poised for success based on their situation.
1. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
With the news of Isaiah Crowell suffering a season-ending Achilles injury, the Raiders were lucky to have selected Jacobs out of Alabama. The Raiders offensive line may be the most solid position group on the team. They allowed both Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch to average 4.2 yards per carry last season, and Jacobs is certainly more talented than both of them, at this point in their careers. Competing with Martin, Jalen Richard, Chris Warren and DeAndre Washington for snaps, Jacobs could quickly be given a true bell cow role for Oakland.
2. David Montgomery, Bears
The Bears shipped out Jordan Howard and switched it up to Montgomery. Drawing comparisons to Kareem Hunt, the Iowa State product figures to immediately start as the early down complement to Tarik Cohen. This offense will provide plenty of opportunities to succeed, and he should handle the majority of the 250 carries Howard left behind.
3. Miles Sanders, Eagles
It's always good to see a running back with the last name Sanders. The rookie enters a crowded backfield, but one that has a status fully up in the air. The Eagles are known to spread out the touches, but they drafted him in the second round for a reason. He will also be competing with Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood. Look for Sanders to see his role grow each week, finishing the season with RB2 upside.
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