Underdog Best Ball Rankings & Players to Avoid: Running Back (2022 Fantasy Football)
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Let’s take a look at players Derek Brown and Andrew Erickson are avoiding based on their Underdog ADP.
Best Ball Draft Advice: Players the Experts are Avoiding
Aaron Jones (GB)
RB17, -7 vs. Best Ball ADP 10
Aaron Jones finished last season as the RB11 in fantasy points per game despite ceding more work to A.J. Dillon as the year moved along. In Weeks 14-17, Jones saw 38 carries, three red zone opportunities, and ran 76 routes. In that same sample of games, Dillon gobbled up 45 carries with 13 red zone looks and 54 routes run. With Davante Adams gone, Jones could save his fantasy scoring with a heavier target load. Since 2019 in the seven games Jones has played without Adams on the field, he’s seen his targets bump from 3.9 per game to 6.7. His receiving yardage also increased from 21.6 to 55.4 per game. While he might not have top 3-5 upside anymore if Dillon remains involved, Jones could still be a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2.
– Derek Brown
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)
RB25, -8 vs. Best Ball ADP
Ezekiel Elliott is coming off a down season where some of this could be related to the fact he dealt with a partially torn PCL for much of the season (since Week 4). The spliced-up workload and his declining effectiveness could result from the injury or his advancing age and the toll that the NFL has taken on him. Elliott has amassed 1,938 touches (22 per game) over his six-year career, never handling less than 268 touches in any season. Elliott should be viewed as an RB2 in many formats that could slowly dissolve into a high-end RB3 if Tony Pollard gets more run in 2022.
– Andrew Erickson
2022 Consensus Best Ball Rankings
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