3 Zero RB Targets for 2020 Fantasy Football

Whether you’re looking to deploy a different draft strategy for the 2020 fantasy football season or want to avoid volatility with your early round picks, Zero RB is absolutely a strategy that can work.

It might be uncomfortable to avoid running back with early picks but these three Zero RB targets can help lead you to a fantasy title in 2020.

Not a fan of Zero RB? These running backs can help you too. Not only can they be weekly fillers but have the ability pop in a big way. So, who should you target?

Alexander Mattison

The Vikings Alexander Mattison is a fantastic option for Zero RB drafters. Not only does he provide someone who you can start in a pinch but the upside he offers is unrivaled.

Entering this season Dalvin Cook has mentioned a potential holdout, something I don’t honestly expect to see considering his lack of leverage, but something he has talked about nonetheless.

Even if we assume he reports right away, we are talking about a running back that has yet to play a full season since entering the NFL. He tore his ACL during his rookie season and missed 12 games. Since then he has missed five games due to a hamstring injury and two games last season with a shoulder issue.

The potential for Mattison to thrive is absolutely in the cards, especially for a Vikings team that was 4th in rush attempts in 2019. And one that should be in the same area once again this season.

This is also an offense led by Gary Kubiak, a coach that has continued to produce fantasy viable running backs. Not only did he help Arian Foster produce elite fantasy seasons, but he turned C.J. Anderson, Justin Forsett, Ronnie Hillman and others into valuable fantasy options.

Target Mattison as a Zero RB drafter or if you want to add RB depth that has league winning upside if everything breaks right.

Latavius Murray

Heading into the 2019 season Latavius Murray was coming off the board as RB34 in PPR drafts. An ADP that felt very fair at the time. As the season came to an end, we saw Murray finish as RB28 in PPR scoring formats, rushing for 637 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Now, a season after outperforming his ADP, Murray is coming off the board as RB43 in the double-digit rounds. I will scoop up the value every day of the week. Not only does Murray provide a relatively safe floor on a weekly basis, but he offers an elite upside if Alvin Kamara were to miss time.

Last season Murray saw 20 plus carries in two games. In those games he averaged 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. In a season where there are multiple ways a player could miss time, Murray is a fantastic Zero RB option.

Boston Scott

Listen, nobody is bigger Miles Sanders Stan than me. I was the conductor of the hype train a season ago and predicted he would be a first round pick a season ago. A prediction that has come to fruition and a price I have been willing to pay.

With all that being said, Boston Scott is an optimal Zero RB target, specifically in PPR formats.

Over the last four weeks of the 2019, when Sanders was averaging 15 carries and 5 plus targets a game, Scott saw 6 targets or more in the passing game. That doesn’t even take into account his rush attempts where he averaged 9.5 carries down the stretch.

As Matt Flowers points out at YardsPerFantasy.comDoug Pederson consistently feeds his second and third running back options even when he has a work-horse type option. Sometimes it comes as a complementary option like with Jordan Howard or Ryan Matthews. Other times it just provides a breather to the starter.

There is absolutely a world where Sanders is a 20 touch guy for the vast majority of weeks and Scott sees 7-10 touches per game. This would provide a relatively safe weekly floor but also provide opportunity to become much more if Sanders were to miss time.

Scott can do much of what makes Sanders such a compelling fantasy option. This kind of value and potential can be had in the 11th round as RB49 per NFFC July APD. I am snatching up Scott all day long at that price.

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