Fantasy Football Zero RB Strategy: Players to Target in 2020

Jason Schandl
Top zero RB targets in 2020 fantasy football drafts, including Ronald Jones.
Top zero RB targets in 2020 fantasy football drafts, including Ronald Jones. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
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The "Zero RB" fantasy football draft strategy has fallen off a bit in popularity over the last couple seasons, but it's still a relatively common draft strategy. It's doesn't quite mean to literally not draft any running backs, but it does mean not taking any with your top picks, instead loading up on WR and possibly the TE and QB positions before taking running backs later.

The key to success is finding backs in the later rounds that have the upside to become top producers, instead of taking safer low-ceiling backs in the late rounds. With that in mind, here are some high-upside running back targets if you're going Zero RB in your 2020 fantasy football draft.

Zero RB Targets 2020 Fantasy Football

4. Bryce Love, Washington Football Team

Bryce Love could have surprising fantasy football upside with Washington in 2020.
Bryce Love could have surprising fantasy football upside with Washington in 2020. / David Madison/Getty Images

With Derrius Guice gone, Bryce Love only needs to beat out Antonio Gibson and the aging Adrian Peterson to have control of the Washington backfield. Considering AP is 35 years old with over 3,000 NFL carries to his name, that might not be too tough a task. Love has taken RB1 reps when Peterson has been out during training camp, and Ron Rivera has said that Love could be an "every-down back." That could mean big things for his fantasy upside, even in a weak offense.

3. Lamar Miller, New England Patriots

Being the New England Patriots' top RB gives Lamar Miller interesting upside in fantasy football.
Being the New England Patriots' top RB gives Lamar Miller interesting upside in fantasy football. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Lamar Miller's downside is obvious. Coming off a torn ACL in 2019, he may simply be a shell of his former self. The New England Patriots brought him in as a free agent while Sony Michel deals with an injury, though, and that also gives him some big upside. Michel's absence frees up over 250 touches (247 carries and 12 receptions in 2019), and Miller is a proven producer, having notched at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage every year from 2014 to 2018.

2. Matt Breida, Miami Dolphins

Matt Breida's fantasy football upside makes him an interesting sleeper in 2020.
Matt Breida's fantasy football upside makes him an interesting sleeper in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Matt Breida was never given a true lead-back role in his three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, but he looked great when he did get chances. He's averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 381 carries, while also adding 561 receiving yards on 89 targets. He'll be competing for work with Jordan Howard, but Howard doesn't look to be nearly as explosive or versatile (career 4.3 yards per carry, 637 receiving yards on 122 targets). Breida could very well emerge as the top producer in the Miami backfield.

1. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones could be the top zero-RB target in 2020 fantasy football.
Ronald Jones could be the top zero-RB target in 2020 fantasy football. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield is wide open in 2020, but Ronald Jones looks to have the inside track on the starting job, having led the team with 172 carries in 2019. Peyton Barber (154 carries) is gone, and only third-round pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn has been brought in as competition. This is looking like one of the NFL's most dangerous offenses with Tom Brady at the helm, and whoever emerges as the top RB is likely to carry plenty of fantasy value on a weekly basis. That makes Jones a perfect example of a Zero RB target.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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