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Must-Have RBs: Kendre Miller, Chase Brown, Isiah Pacheco (Fantasy Football)

Running backs and wide receivers are arguably the most important positions to focus on when building a winning fantasy football roster. With that in mind, we asked some of our featured experts to look at some of the must-have RBs for the 2024 fantasy football season. Here are the players our experts are targeting in their drafts.

Looking for more fantasy football must-have wide receivers and running backs in your drafts? Check out the 18 Must-Have RBs & WRs article, with all of the breakdowns from our featured experts!

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Must-Have RBs

Chase Brown (RB – CIN)

“Second-year Bengals RB Chase Brown presents an intriguing draft target, especially when compared to his backfield teammate Zack Moss, who sits slightly ahead of him in the RB ECR rankings. Despite Moss having a shot at starting for the Bengals after signing in free agency, Brown is a formidable contender for touches, particularly in the passing game. One notable aspect in Brown’s favor is his explosiveness, evident in his impressive ball carrier speed on a 54-yard touchdown reception, as documented by NFL’s Next Gen Stats. The market may lean towards Moss due to his contract – $4 million per season and just $3 million guaranteed – but Brown’s potential involvement shouldn’t be overlooked, given that Moss is nothing more than a replaceable level RB. Brown showcased his abilities as a rookie, demonstrating his versatility as both a rusher and a receiver alongside Joe Mixon. Even with a hamstring injury sidelining him in October, he proved his worth and earned opportunities on the field. And he was running routes, which we love for RBs in PPR formats.”
Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

“While many fantasy managers will target the newly signed Zack Moss in hopes of landing the Bengals RB1, I’ll be looking to add the younger and more electric Chase Brown. Although Moss came out of the gates on fire in 2023 (43 fantasy points over the first two weeks) during the absence of Jonathan Taylor, his efficiency metrics took a hit later in the year once he was thrust into the starting role again. During this stretch, Chase Brown was slowly getting worked into the Bengals’ offense more and more as the coaching staff wanted to add some juice to the backfield. Even though the sample size in snap share % was small, he was consistently getting looks in the passing game, which will make him more appealing to me in PPR formats. If the Bengals backfield becomes more of an even split in 2024, Chase Brown will absolutely outproduce his current ADP as he pushes to be among the tier of players at low-end RB2.”
Brandon Murchison (RotoBaller)

Kendre Miller (RB – NO)

Kendre Miller brings big upside at a small draft price. He got unlucky last year, with multiple injuries getting in the way. But there’s plenty of talent (6.7 yards per carry in college at 215 pounds). The Saints drafted him fourth among RBs last year, ahead of Tyjae Spears and De’Von Achane, among others. And then there’s Alvin Kamara. The vet’s always been at his most effective when sharing the work, so there’s incentive for the Saints to get Miller involved. Plus, our historical aging data at Draft Sharks says the age-29 season holds “cliff” potential for Kamara. Jamaal Williams‘ terrible 2023 should mean a backfield-leading post for Miller if anything happens to Kamara.”
Matt Schauf (Draft Sharks)

Kendre Miller is my most-owned RB in best ball so far. Injuries wrecked his rookie season, but he was an impressive-looking prospect coming into the league and then flashed with a 13-73-1 rushing line in last year’s season finale. Alvin Kamara and Jamaal Williams were two of the least efficient runners in the NFL last year, so there’s upside for Miller to lead the Saints in carries this season.”
Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

Isiah Pacheco (RB – KC)

Isiah Pacheco is the clear lead back on a Patrick Mahomes lead offense. Not only did he bring in 44 receptions last season, but he was ELITE in games McKinnon missed. He averaged 21.7 touches per game, gained 99 yards per game, and scored a TD in all 6 weeks! With McKinnon unlikely to return and CEH being a bust, Pacheco is set up to finish as an RB1 in all formats.”
Nick Zylak (Fantasy Football Advice)

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