Heart vs. Head: 6 Second-Year Running Backs to Make or Break Your Best Ball Teams
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Like product loyalists lining the outside of a store for the latest drop in technology, fantasy drafters flock to draft lobbies looking to acquire anything new and exciting. If it’s perceived as being “cool” or trendy, there’s a good chance they want it.

Chances are, you want it too.

Unfortunately, as is the case in both reality and fantasy, sometimes what we want isn’t what we should get. The value received isn’t always worth the cost to acquire. But when has that ever stopped us before?

I write for RotoViz. This means that I’ve never taken a running back inside the top-100 picks of a draft. But that doesn’t mean I can’t assess the pros and cons of those who choose to do so. Today we will take a look at second-year running backs who are going at a premium in FFPC best ball drafts. While those drafting them do so with conviction and the utmost faith in their upside, that doesn’t always mean they are worth their price at ADP.

As another season of fantasy football unfolds, the battle of the heart vs. the head rages on within fantasy drafters everywhere.

Jonathan Taylor, IND – (6.6 ADP, RB6)

The Heart

Last season the Colts invested second-round draft capital into Jonathan Taylor. After receiving what can only be described as inconsistent usage (16.3 opportunities/gm) over the first 13 weeks, Taylor emerged into a league-winner down the stretch.

From Weeks 14 to 17, Taylor’s opportunities jumped to 23.5/gm, while his PPR/gm spiked to 26.9. You likely won’t forget the 30.5 PPR he hung on the Raiders in Week 14. And if your leagues play in Week 17, his 38.4 against the Jaguars surely pushed your team to the top when it mattered most.

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Zachary Krueger

Staff writer & fantasy analyst. I probably liked Darren Waller before you. Follow on Twitter @ZK_FFB

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