Ingram certainly landed feet first in Baltimore after leaving New Orleans. Post Lamar Jackson, Baltimore was one of the most run-heavy teams in the league last season and it’s expected that Ingram should see plenty of volume in this role. With Alex Collins cut, Kenneth Dixon, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards are really the only challengers to any work at the position. Lamar Jackson is the real RedZone threat to Ingram’s upside, having scored 5 Rushing TDs in 2019 in half a season. Despite missing the first 4 NFL games in 2018, Ingram still totaled 815 yards and 7 TDs all while competing with Alvin Kamara for touches. The Ravens went out and grabbed Ingram this offseason to base the foundation of their heavy run scheme. We expect more usage of Ingram in 2019, but less scoring opportunity than the prior season. By the way, Ingram faces one of the easiest Run Schedules in the NFL this season.
Freeman has a lot to prove in 2019 after coming off of back-to-back disappointing seasons. Word from Atlanta is that Freeman appears to look like his old self. Thus far, Freeman has been full go during camp and after suffering through knee, groin and foot injuries last year, the positive remarks are a breath of fresh air. With RB Tevin Coleman gone, Freeman projects to take over as the clear lead back in one of the best offenses in the league while RB Ito Smith is expected to take on the old 1B role that Coleman filled in years past with 10-12 touches per game. With an improved Offensive Line, Freeman is in line for a redemption season and could be a steal later in the draft for fantasy owners.
The Seahawks were the only team in the NFL last season to run more than pass on offense and little is expected to change from that strategy heading into 2019. Expect Schottenheimer/Carroll to continue with the 1-2 punch of Carson and Penny, making it tough to decipher from week-to-week. Last season playing in 14 games, Carson totaled 247 carries (7th most) for 1,314 Total Yards, 9 TDs and had “7” +100 Yard Games with TDs spread across 8 Games, while finishing as the 14th best Fantasy RB. Keep in mind that Carson had minor knee surgery during the off-season, but with a clean bill of health, he should settle in nicely as a RB2 for 2019. The Seahawks also face a favorable Run Schedule in 2019!
Lindsay was incredible last season! If you had the fortitude to take a speculative shot on him from the get go, you landed the 13th Highest Scoring Fantasy RB of 2018 at 10 Cents on the Dollar! With a pint-sized stature (5’8″ / 180 LBs), Lindsay ran with such tenacity that gave defenses problems all season (1,278 Yards / 10 TDs). Lindsay’s season was just short by one game after enduring wrist ligament damage also requiring off-season surgery. Questions to his longevity in year two should be noted. Lindsay is expected to be back for training camp where Royce Freeman will push him, but Lindsay is the favorite for carries in the Broncos’ backfield.
Michel’s long history of knee issues coupled with the arrival of 3rd Round Rookie RB Damien Harris make him a risky fantasy investment. Michel is one-dimensional in nature, bringing next to nothing to the table in the receiving game for fantasy owners (for what its worth, Michel has caught 13 of 13 targets from Brady during camp this preseason.) However, Michel looks to be the RedZone guy where New England ran the ball on nearly 75% of Michel’s snaps last season. Owning any Patriots RB, you should know you have potential headache on your hands. We aren’t saying pass on Michel, but be mindful of these circumstances if going light at the position or over-indexing and depending on him.
Henry has always been viewed as having potential, but he finally debuted what upside he possesses in the final weeks of 2018. During Weeks 1-12, Henry hovered around a pedestrian 20-60 Yards Per Game with a minimal touchdown dripping in. From Weeks 13-17, Henry totaled 651 Total Yards and 8 TDs! That span of games yielded higher totals than his entire seasons of 2016 and 2017! Each game during that span was exceptional, but Henry really rung the register in Week 14 with 238 Rushing Yards and 4 TDs, following that up in Week 15 with 170 Rushing Yards and 2 TDs. Henry is a one-dimensional back, with minimal receptions to his name (13 Receptions – 2016, 11 Receptions – 2017, 15 Receptions – 2018). Tennessee is trusting that Henry carries that same momentum into 2019 and they are counting on him to be the cornerstone of the offense. Draft Henry as an RB2/RB3 with hopes of monster games catapulting him into RB1 status. Photo: Dion Lewis & Derrick Henry … Wow!
Taken Round 1 (Pick 24) of the 2019 Draft, expect Jacobs to be utilized in Oakland right away with next to nothing pushing him for touches (Doug Martin & Jalen Richard). The Rookie walks into immediate production after Marshawn Lynch retired and will benefit from strong athletes on the outside (Antonio Brown & Tyrell Williams). It’s a new look all the way around for Gruden and the Raiders and it’s just a matter of putting it all together at this point.
Montgomery looks like the favorite for the lead job in Chicago after the Bears sent Jordan Howard packing, then investing a 3rd Round Pick on the Rookie RB. Cohen will absorb the majority of the receiving statistics, but Montgomery possesses a dual-purpose ability that lends him to this style of offense. Out of the gate, Montgomery will be in a great position to produce, but those numbers will be capped by some of the talent around him potentially stealing opportunity away.
At 5’6″ / 181 LBs and with the addition of both Rookie RB David Montgomery and RB Mike Davis, it’s hard to envision a season where Cohen exceeds 2018’s numbers. Last season, Cohen totaled 99 Rushing Attempts for 444 Yards and 3 TDs, while catching 71 Receptions on 91 Targets for 725 Yards and 5 TDs. Expect Matt Nagy and the Bears to continue to be creative with Cohen, especially as they look to develop Montgomery as an every down back. It would be wise to lower expectations from 2018’s results.