4 Riskiest Early-Round RB Investments for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

Max Staley
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Fantasy football league's can't always be won in the draft, but a couple of misses in the early rounds can put you in a nearly insurmountable hole. Just ask anyone who drafted Le'Veon Bell last season, or David Johnson the year prior.

With that in mind, here are the four riskiest early-round investments at running back in the 2019 season.

4. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers

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Melvin Gordon's inclusion on this list has nothing to do with his talent. It's entirely due to his contract situation, as Gordon is threatening to holdout into the season. After watching Bell go through a similar situation, and miss the entire season as a result, owners should be wary of using a first or second-round pick on Gordon until the situation is resolved.

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

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Despite Ezekiel Elliott's prodigious talent, he's on this list due to a litany of off-field concerns. It seems that Elliott's name is in the headlines week after week for all the wrong reasons. Whether or not he's actually suspended is anyone's guess, but at this point it wouldn't exactly be a shock if he was indeed forced to sit out for a few games. To make matters worse, he's also threatened to holdout for a bigger contract to open the season.

2. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Leonard Fournette is not nearly as talented as any of the other names on this list. He's also likely going to be playing on the worst offense among the four backs listed here. Fournette has been suspended, dealt with injuries and has never averaged more than 3.9 yards per carry in a single season. Despite this, Fournette is still being drafted as RB14, ahead of high-upside options like Aaron Jones and Kerryon Johnson. Fournette has missed a combined 11 games over the past two seasons, and has never produced at an elite level, making him an extremely risky investment at his current ADP.

1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

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Todd Gurley is one of the most polarizing players in fantasy. On one hand, his talent is such that it wouldn't be shocking if he finished the season as the No. 1 RB in fantasy. On the other, his injury was so limiting that the Rams were forced to use journeyman RB C.J. Anderson over Gurley in the Super Bowl. And none of the reports that have emerged this offseason have assuaged fantasy owners' concerns. Gurley is dealing with an arthritic knee, something that will likely cause the Rams to carefully monitor his workload. You just can't afford to miss on your first-round pick, and Gurley has some serious bust potential this season.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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