The Eagles, The Bills and The Dolphins haven’t been gold mines for Fantasy cutting production over the past few years, but Miles Sanders, Devin Singletary and Chase Edmonds are hoping to change that. First, they’ll have to prove they’re the best defenders on their team, but it’s not hard to imagine how they’ll grow in the first month of the 2022 season. On the other hand, by that time they may also be reserve runners. This is what makes them one of the most unstable grassroots runners in Dynasty.
The case is probably the easiest for Miles Sanders. Just 25 years old, he averaged 5.1 yards per throw in his first three NFL seasons and averaged 83.7 yards after scrimmage in the 10 full games he played last year. His main running back opponents are former sixth-round pick Boston Scott and last year’s fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell. Sanders should deliver value as a budget RB2 as long as he can stay healthy.
On the other hand, Sanders hasn’t played more than 12 games in a season since 2019, and Scott has more rushing touchdowns than he has over the past three seasons. Gainwell is a good pass-catching defender and the only defender in the squad formed by this regime.
Singletary has slightly more competition in 2022 second round pick James Cook, but Cook is a pass catcher and Singletary didn’t need many catches to succeed in 2021. In the last six games, including the playoffs, Singletary has averaged 17 points. carries for 71.6 yards per game and has eight rushing touchdowns. Even a catch per game would make that kind of pace special.
But just as Sanders is unlikely to score zero touchdowns again, it’s unlikely that Singletary is scoring so regularly. If Cook does take on the vast majority of goals, it’s hard to see how Singletary could be anything more than flexibility that would leave him in no man’s land in Dynasty.
Finally, Edmonds has the most confusing situation. But it can also be the most fruitful. He will take on Sony Michel and Raheem Mostert for touchdowns in Mike McDaniel’s first year as Dolphins head coach. McDaniel gives this running back situation some real advantages, as does the offensive line upgrade they did in the offseason. Edmonds is the most explosive defender on the team and should already have passes blocked. Even 10 to 12 carries per game can make him a must-start and jump through multiple levels.
Betting correctly on these spins can have a big impact on your 2022 season. At this point in Dynasty, I let the market dictate what I do with them. I’m willing to buy at the mid-range flex price, but I’m absolutely selling if someone rates them as RB2.
Here are my updated running back Dynasty ranks: