In the midst of the ups and downs many of us faced over the past year, it seems only fitting that I begin my offseason work by highlighting someone who overcame his own significant challenges. We love underdog, feel-good stories, and running back James Robinson is the perfect poster child. An undrafted free agent from Illinois State University, Robinson was the true definition of a league winner in the crazy year that was 2020. Now, as the offseason begins, many fantasy managers might feel tempted to cash out on Robinson. However, there are several reasons why you should be looking to buy more shares instead.
Strong Production Profile
To begin, his production profile speaks for itself. The Jacksonville Jaguars may not have invested any draft capital into Robinson, but that doesn’t mean they should (or will) move on from him after what they saw on the field. He averaged 18 points/game, finished as an RB1 on seven occasions, and never finished a week below 10 fantasy points. Fantasy managers and NFL teams alike highly covet that unique blend of floor/ceiling.
Relative to his fellow running backs across the league, Robinson performed admirably. The only blemish on an otherwise sterling profile was his inefficient yards/carry mark. However, he offset it with high volume in the rushing game and ample involvement in the passing game. If you take away the name and look at Robinson’s standings relative to his league-mates, you don’t see an undrafted free agent.