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Most casual fantasy football fans likely won't start preparing for the 2019-20 fantasy season until August. So, if you're looking to gain an edge on your competition in the upcoming season, doing some early research is never a bad idea.
Thankfully, ESPN just released its latest PPR fantasy football player rankings ahead of the 2019 NFL season. Here are the four most overrated running backs from the latest rankings.
4. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns – No. 12 RB
Nick Chubb burst onto the scene once the Cleveland Browns traded Carlos Hyde in Week 8 of last season, tallying 897 total yards and eight total TDs over his final 10 games. While Chubb flashed star potential, he'll still have to deal with a crowded backfield in Cleveland. He'll likely lose work in the passing game to Duke Johnson Jr. Additionally, once Kareem Hunt returns from an eight-game suspension, he could cut into Chubb's workload as well. Given that Chubb could see significantly fewer carries in the second half of the season, No. 12 feels a bit too high.
3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings – No. 11 RB
Dalvin Cook looked like a fantasy star as a rookie in 2017, but his season was cut short after an ACL injury in Week 4. The Vikings' RB never really got going in 2018 either, exceeding 100 rushing yards in only one game last season. Cook has incredible potential, but he's too risky to be ranked as a top-tier fantasy running back.
2. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams – No. 6 RB
Todd Gurley might be the trickiest player to rank ahead of the upcoming fantasy football season. On one hand, Gurley was a legitimate MVP candidate in his first eight games of 2018, tallying 1,151 total yards and 15 total touchdowns. However, his arthritic knee was troublesome over the second half of last season, as Gurley missed three games and racked up only six total TDs. While Gurley has the potential to be the No. 1 overall RB in the upcoming season, his knee makes him a huge risk down the stretch.
1. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars – No. 14 RB
Leonard Fournette's reputation has been buoyed by his status as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In reality, the Jacksonville Jaguars' back has struggled to stay on the field in his two NFL seasons, and he has yet to produce like a bonafide fantasy stud. Fournette has never averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry, and he amassed only 439 rushing yards last season. He's also not particularly effective as a receiver either. Even though Fournette is in line to get a bunch of carries in 2019, his history suggests he could be ranked too high at No. 14.
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