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Fantasy Football Draft Targets: Breece Hall, Joe Mixon, Saquon Barkley

Although running backs are given a bad name in the real NFL as a forgotten position amongst positions, a great running back can make or break your fantasy football draft and season. Most teams deal with committees at the running back position. So, finding the correct player within these committees to elevate your fantasy football team is the difference between possibly making the playoffs or winning it all. Here are all of our recent must-have fantasy football draft targets at the running back position. Below we dive into a few notable names.

Fantasy Football Draft Targets

Here are running backs to target at different stages of your fantasy football drafts. These are players to keep on your radar as potential fantasy football draft targets.

Breece Hall (RB – NYJ)

Breece Hall is my guy, and it’s only May. Hall was recovering from a knee injury last season and is still RB6. He was dealing with Zach Wilson and several Walmart greeters under center, and he was still RB6. Hall had Nathaniel Hackett as his offensive coordinator, and he was still RB6. Do you see where I am heading with this?

Hall was phenomenal last season. He was 12th in weighted opportunities and averaged 20 touches from Week 5 until the end of the season. Hall is a workhorse back who will have Aaron Rodgers under center to help open up the boxes he will face each game. He is the offense’s focal point between rushing attempts and passing targets. Don’t overthink your selection of Breece Hall. If you can draft him, draft him and smile.

Saquon Barkley (RB – PHI)

As an Eagles fan, I could write about this until the end of time. I write this section with a giant smile on my face. We have seen the talent of Saquon Barkley with lesser quarterbacks and offensive schemes. Now, Barkley gets to work hand in hand with Jalen Hurts and Kellen Moore. Inside the 10, the Eagles had a rushing percentage of 74.2%. Don’t expect that to change when you can now add a 231-pound running back.

The “Tush Push” can steal some fantasy points, but the Eagles didn’t sign Saquon to push on Hurts’ gluteus maximus. Instead, they signed him to work hand in hand with Hurts to create nightmares for defensive coordinators.

P.S. Saquon Barkley produced a 100% I5% (inside the five attempts percentage). Barkley doesn’t share the load when he is close to the endzone, and I wouldn’t expect him to with his size and talent.

Joe Mixon (RB – HOU)

I usually don’t love Joe Mixon. However, with his move to the Houston Texans, I am all in on Mixon for 2024. He will be the workhorse back as Dameon Pierce couldn’t beat out Devin Singletary last season towards the end of the year. Now Mixon, immensely more talented than Singletary, enters the picture with an I5% of 84%, the third highest in the NFL last season. He also brings over the 14th-highest TD rate with 3.5% and the fifth-highest XFP/G of 16.7.

Defenses must focus on Stefon Diggs, Tank Dell, Nico Collins and Dalton Schultz. With their focus elsewhere, Joe Mixon will have lanes wider than a particular sea that was “parted” in the past. Don’t leave your drafts without Joe Mixon.

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