By: Nate Schellhorn @n_schellhorn
2018 Breakout Candidates: RBs
1) Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans
The Titans can save 6.5 million over the next two seasons if the release DeMarco Murray, so Derrick Henry will become the main man in the backfield. Dynasty owners have been waiting for this moment, and as of late, it sounds like the Titans will in fact be moving on from Murray. The Titans OL was ranked third in the NFL by Fantasy Insider in 2017. Henry is averaging 4.3 YPC over his career even with sharing the backfield with Murray. Tennessee might look for a pass catching back, but Henry could be asked to do more in the pass game if no one is brought in. Henry is looking like a fringe RB1 in Dynasty.
2) D’Onta Foreman – Houston Texans
D’Onta Foreman showed flashes during his rookie campaign until an injury ended his season (torn achilles in Week 11). Lamar Miller played sparingly in the Texans final three games, making it look like they could be ready to move on from him saving over 5 million with a post-June cut date. Going into 2018, the biggest things to watch with Foreman are his health, conditioning, and the Miller situation. Achilles tears aren’t easy to bounce back from, but he is set up for success with a nice group of weapons around him on that offense.
3) Wayne Gallman – New York Giants
The Giants hired Pat Shurmur in January as their new head coach. Wayne Gallman should be the number one in New York with Orleans Darkwa being a free agent, and Paul Perkins under-performing. The new offense will go through Odell Beckham Jr. and that pass game, but Gallman averaging 4.3 YPC in limited action for that train wreck that was the Giants offense in 2017. He showed he could help in the passing game last season too. The Giants may be targetting a RB in the draft, but you can buy Gallman for cheap and hope for the chance that they don’t draft one. Gallman is is a nice cheap one to buy and stash in your dynasty leagues.
4) Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson should be ready to be Seahawks workhorse back again after his rookie season was cut short (broken leg in Week four). On just 49 carries he had 209 yards, adding seven receptions for 59 yards with one TD. With Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls likely gone from Seattle, the carries should be there for Carson to continue his successes from early last year. CJ Prosise could take away receptions from Carson but his health is the issue only playing in 11 games in two seasons. JD McKissic showed some flashes last year, but Carson is the guy I want to own. Carson could be low end RB1 or high RB2 if he’s included in the passing game.
5) Marlon Mack – Indianapolis Colts
Marlon Mack is looking to take over the ageless wonder Frank Gore, who is a free agent. Mack showed that he could be a three down back, or at least a nice pass catching, change of pace back, with 21 receptions for 225 yards and rushing for 358 yards as Gore’s backup. With Andrew Luck likely coming back from his shoulder injury, the offense has to rebound from 31st in total offense in 2017. If Colts can get the OL to protect Luck, the passing could help open up the running game in Indy in 2018. Mack is low end RB2 in dynasty with upside. The Colts are expected to draft an RB this year, but Mack has shown us that he will have a solid role in the passing game, giving him a decent floor moving forward. Don’t be surprised if he puts up Duke Johnson type of numbers in a Colts offense looking to bounce back.
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