The most valuable position in fantasy football is running back, due to the high risk of injury and lack of overall depth at the position. Rostering a solid stable of running backs you feel good about is a great way to feel confident heading into the season. Although, conversely, missing on running back can ruin your fantasy playoff hopes before the season begins.
As we prepare for fantasy draft season, here are three running backs with bust potential in 2019.
3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
A couple weeks ago, we were optimistic about Derrick Henry, after the Titans said they wanted to give him a big workload this season. It made sense after the way he ended last season, totaling 606 yards and seven touchdowns in the final four games. However, Henry immediately got hurt in training camp, straining his calf and being put in a walking boot. While he's expected to be okay, would you give him an increased workload after getting hurt before anything has even started? And if the Titans do feed him like they initially wanted, staying on the field may be an issue. Henry is currently being drafted as RB19.
2. Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs
Damien Williams had the best finish in fantasy last season, averaging 21.04 fantasy points in the five games he started (including playoffs). That average would have been second to only Todd Gurley, if he did it over the full season. However, he's only being drafted as RB13, and that is because many do not trust Williams, after failing to produce in his four seasons in Miami. The situation looks right for Williams, but we could see a scenario where this whole thing flops, making him high-risk high-reward option.
1. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
After an exciting rookie year, Leonard Fournette flopped in year two. Injuries were an issue for the bruiser, causing him to miss half of the season and play banged up when he was active. The offensive line was bad for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, and while it should see improvement this year, it's still not a great unit. Given Fournette's aggressive style of play of wanting to run people over instead of eluding them, this again could turn south in Jacksonville. Fournette is being drafted as RB14, according to FantasyPros' ADP Rankings, which is a better value than last season, but the injury risk is high.
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