3 Late-Round Running Back Prospects Worthy of Fantasy Consideration
Image Credit: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Deuce Vaughn.

On Friday, the RotoViz team worked through many Day 2 reactions with live fantasy insights. While Day 1 and Day 2 are when the fantasy superstars tend to get drafted, there were still some intriguing running back prospects in the final few rounds. Three running backs in particular joined teams with potentially valuable roles available. We’ll look at the college data and underlying metrics to see how these 2023 running back prospects fit as an early look at their fantasy value.

Can Deuce Vaughn Quiet the Size Skeptics?

If you want to start an argument on Twitter, talk about Deuce Vaughn. Jokes aside, there’s no denying the off-the-charts production, with over 3,600 total yards and 33 rushing touchdowns in his three-year collegiate career. Vaughn boasted an 85% RB Dominator and 17% receiving yardage market share throughout college, tied for ninth-best amongst all college backs since 2005.

At the combine, Vaughn weighed 179 pounds and ran an uninspiring forty-yard dash at his pro day, translating into a Speed Score of 79. When looking at historical data since 2010, the list of running backs at 180 pounds or lighter doesn’t inspire confidence. A few familiar names include Pooka Williams, Donnel Pumphrey, Dri Archer, and Dexter McCluster. In college, these backs produced at a high rate in their own right, especially Pumphrey, Archer, and McCluster, in various ways.

NFL teams must have similar concerns about Vaughn’s size since he lasted into Round 6 before the Cowboys took him at No. 212. With Ezekiel Elliott as a free agent, Tony Pollard looks to capitalize on the opportunity that Pollard stans fantasized about. The Cowboys also signed a post-hype sleeper Ronald Jones, with 2022 UDFA Malik Davis flashing in short spurts last year. Not only will Vaughn fight the size concerns, but they have a couple of capable backs behind Pollard.

Fantasy Fallout

Please subscribe For Full Access to all RotoViz content and tools!

 

What’s included in your subscription??

  • Exclusive Access to RotoViz Study Hall
    • A treasure trove of our most insightful articles that will teach you the metrics that matter, time-tested winning strategies, the approaches that will give you an edge, and teach you how to be an effective fantasy manager.
  • Revolutionary Tools
    • Including the NFL Stat Explorer, Weekly GLSP Projections, NCAA Prospect Box Score Scout, Combine Explorer, Range of Outcomes App, DFS Lineup Optimizer, Best Ball Suite,and many, many, more.
  • Groundbreaking Articles
    • RotoViz is home of the original Zero-RB article and continues to push fantasy gamers forward as the go-to destination for evidence-based analysis and strategic advantages.
  • Weekly Projections
    • Built using RotoViz’s unique GLSP approach.
  • Expert Rankings
  • And a whole lot more…

So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance: 7 UDFA Running Backs to Watch in 2024

The running back position continues to be undervalued in the real-life draft. It’s even more challenging for undrafted RBs to make an impact in their rookie seasons. Since 2014, we’ve only had 14 RBs (6.5%) drafted in the first round out of 217 players. For context, 147 of the 217 running backs went on Day 3 since 2014. Over two-thirds of RBs (67.7%) went in…...

There’s No Place Like Home: The 2024 Outlooks for 3 Veteran Receivers Who Decided Not to Move

With free agency open, the floodgates broke for several players, including three veteran receivers staying home with their respective teams. Sometimes a veteran receiver might go overlooked as the hype rises for the rookies and sophomores. Unlike running backs, we sometimes have more consistency at the receiver position, especially when a young player establishes themselves and earns targets. Let’s look at the early fantasy impact…...

Devin Singletary Flashed Immense Upside in His Rookie Year, And This 2023 Rookie Running Back Is Following In His Footsteps

The Bills drafted Devin Singletary in 2019 to pair with veteran Frank Gore in his age-36 season. Singletary bested Gore in snap share (68% vs. 35%) and rush share (42% vs. 36%). He also edged Gore in rushing yards (775 vs. 599). Singletary saw a healthy rush share and a 12% target share (No. 17), and averaged 12.5 PPR/G (No. 27) as a rookie. The…...

So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance: 7 UDFA Running Backs to Watch in 2024

The running back position continues to be undervalued in the real-life draft. It’s even more challenging for undrafted RBs to make an impact in their rookie seasons. Since 2014, we’ve only had 14 RBs (6.5%) drafted in the first round out of 217 players. For context, 147 of the 217 running backs went on Day 3 since 2014. Over two-thirds of RBs (67.7%) went in…...

There’s No Place Like Home: The 2024 Outlooks for 3 Veteran Receivers Who Decided Not to Move

With free agency open, the floodgates broke for several players, including three veteran receivers staying home with their respective teams. Sometimes a veteran receiver might go overlooked as the hype rises for the rookies and sophomores. Unlike running backs, we sometimes have more consistency at the receiver position, especially when a young player establishes themselves and earns targets. Let’s look at the early fantasy impact…...

Devin Singletary Flashed Immense Upside in His Rookie Year, And This 2023 Rookie Running Back Is Following In His Footsteps

The Bills drafted Devin Singletary in 2019 to pair with veteran Frank Gore in his age-36 season. Singletary bested Gore in snap share (68% vs. 35%) and rush share (42% vs. 36%). He also edged Gore in rushing yards (775 vs. 599). Singletary saw a healthy rush share and a 12% target share (No. 17), and averaged 12.5 PPR/G (No. 27) as a rookie. The…...

The Blitz

Connect
Support

rotovizmain@gmail.com

Sign-up today for our free Premium Email subscription!

Data provided by

© 2021 RotoViz. All rights Reserved.

Welcome Back to RotoViz...

– IF YOU HAVE ISSUES LOGGING IN PLEASE CONTACT ROTOVIZMAIN@GMAIL.COM

– PLEASE NOTE THAT ROTOVIZ USES WORDPRESS FOR ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT. IF RESETTING YOUR PASSWORD YOU MAY BE FOWARDED TO A WORDPRESS PAGE.