Bryce Love Fantasy Outlook Includes Big Upside in 2020

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Bryce Love's Fantasy Outlook points to high upside in 2020 and beyond.
Bryce Love's Fantasy Outlook points to high upside in 2020 and beyond. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Hurt by a knee injury that caused him to fall to the Washington Football Team at No. 118 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and miss the entirety of his rookie season, Bryce Love is finally seeing action at training camp and has some high upside in fantasy football this year.

Love is beginning to get some hype around the league after Washington released Derrius Guice. Love's competition for work isn't exactly difficult: 35-year-old Adrian Peterson, journeyman JD McKissic, and rookie Antonio Gibson. While Love has not had the opportunity to show what he can do on an NFL field yet, his college statistics speak for themselves.

While at Stanford, Love burst into national recognition by rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, finishing as the runner-up for the Heisman trophy in his junior year. He wasn't able to replicate those numbers his senior year, but Washington saw his potential.

For a team that finished 22nd in the NFL in rushing (98.9 yards per game), Washington hasn't had a young running back able to pound the football in a while. Love has shown during training camp that he may be able to be that guy for the team and the coaches have taken notice. He has cemented himself as the No. 2 RB behind Peterson in a system he seems to be familiar with. The ability to be an every-down back makes his upside even higher, as even Peterson is mostly just an early-down guy, which will always be a damper on an RB's fantasy value.

Taking love in fantasy football drafts is certainly risky, as Washington has stayed true to giving Peterson the bulk of the rushing touches for the past two seasons. However, there is an immediate need for a pass-catching RB and if Love shows that he can be that and even more, he may begin to see more and more touches as the season goes on.

Love's is currently being drafted as the No. 69 running back in fantasy football, according to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data, but he checks in at the No. 43 among running backs in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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