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Here’s a look at the running backs that currently make up Tier 2 of our expert consensus rankings.
3 second-tier running backs in the draft
By André Swift (DET)
In weeks 1-11, before suffering a season-ending AC sprain, D’Andre Swift was a fantasy freak. He was the RB7, averaging 19 touches and 97.5 total yards per game. While the Lions added more passing game weapons in the offseason with DJ Chark and Jameson Williams, Swift’s efficiency in the air gives hope that his target share (18.4%, second among ball carriers) will not see a drastic drop. In Weeks 1-11, he was ninth in yards per throw (minimum 15 targets, per PFF) among running backs.
Aaron Jones (UK)
Aaron Jones is an absolute target and a receiving monster when Davante Adams has missed time in the past. Without Green Bay’s No. 1 WR, Jones averaged nearly 4.5 catches, 6 targets, 48.5 receiving yards and 23 PPR points per game. Hard to ignore the Packers RB1 as a dynamite second-round selection with multiple top-5s on its resume.
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Saquon Barkley (NYG)
Last season was a nightmare for Saquon Barkley. Upon his return from the ACL injury, he posted the lowest breakaway rush rate of his career (3.1%, per Playerprofiler.com) and after-contact yards per attempt (2.69, by PFF). With Joe Judge and Jason Garrett’s special brand of season-destroying special sauce, Barkley has all the motivation to crush this year as a pending free agent. With the additions of Jon Feliciano, Mark Glowinski and first-round pick Evan Neal to partner Andrew Thomas, initial blocking should be much improved. A massive rebound campaign could be brewing.
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