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Let’s Look at Some Top College RBs

College Football officially starts tonight and it got me in the mood to watch some tape on potential members of the 2020 draft class. These guys aren’t playing tonight but they are some popular names across the college landscape. Here are my quick thoughts on D’andre Swift from Georgia and AJ Dillon from Boston College.

D’andre Swift (Tape- 2018 vs Auburn and Florida)

I have to admit I have some Georgia bias as they are tied for my favorite college team. This guy is my RB1. I’ve watched him since his freshman year and I don’t think you can get any better than this guy. Swift is not just his name- but also the way he runs. Swift change of direction, swift decision making finding the hole and swift in his ankle breaking techniques. But being swift isn’t the only way he wins.

 For a guy that has gamebreaking speed (and gets to his top speed insanely quick) he isn’t afraid to lower the should and finish runs with a vengeance. Georgia backs aren’t known for their pass catching ability but he has strong and confident hands when he has the chance to catch the ball. I haven’t seen this kind combination of power and speed since Saquon Barkley. Yes I’m serious. D’andre Swift is my RB1 and possibly my 1.01 depending on how these WRs shake out this year. I’m the conductor of the D’andre Swift hype train so y’all better hop on board before you get left in the dust.  

AJ Dillon- Boston College (Tape- 2018 vs Miami)

There’s been some talk about AJ Dillon being a top back in next year’s draft. From the little tape I’ve watched I’m inclined to believe that he is probably in the second tier of RBs. I think the D’andre Swifts and Travis Etienne’s of the world are clearly above him but AJ Dillon will be a quality prospect next year. He’s one of the bigger backs this year coming in around 6’0 245lbs but he has quick feet for a big man. He’s fantastic in between the tackles and always falls forward for positive gains. He doesn’t have much wiggle to him but he makes up for it with a punishing running style that makes him tough to bring down when he gets going. He lacks the breakaway speed to make him a truly elite back in the NFL but has enough speed to break of chunk plays and be effective on the outside. 

He needs to improve on his pass blocking but he has the tools to fix that issue. Not super smooth catching the ball but does it well enough. His vision at the line of scrimmage and at the second level is what will separate him from the boring plodding NFL backs that we all hate. He reminds me a bit of James Conner with his vision and Derrick Henry’s running style and quick feet. He’s probably a back that will need a complementary piece to him in the NFL but he has the skills to succeed at the next level. 

Those are my thoughts as they are fresh in my head after watching a few pieces of tape on these guys from last year. There’s a chance my opinions may change as I gather new information (probably not on Swift, but potentially on Dillon). Let me know if you agree or disagree on twitter @FootballBry15 and as always don’t forget to check out JetSet Fantasy football on all major podcast platforms for more football takes, fun and stupidity then you can shake a stick at.

Let’s Take a Look at Training Camp Battles

Training Camps are in full swing. Everyone is reported and we have already had our first taste of preseason action in Canton with the Falcons and Broncos kicking the season off with a Denver win in a 14-10 barn burner. The HoF game is such a rollercoaster ride of emotions; there’s the excitement of the first game of the year immediately followed by a showcase of terrible throws, embarrassing penalties and drops on drops on drops. But I digress- now that we are a few weeks into camp there’s been an air of clarity around some fantasy relevant camp battles. Whether by injury or first team reps here are some positions that are starting to take shape.

Steelers WR2 Job

Donte Moncrief, Diontae Johnson and James Washington are all fighting to be starting every week across from Juju Smith-Schuster. There are 168 targets looking for a home now that AB took a hot air balloon ride to Oakland. Some of those targets will be absorbed by TE Vance McDonald and RBs James Connor and Jaylen Samuels but the bulk of them will find themselves in the arms of one of the 3 WRs. 

Moncrief had the first crack at the starting job but has missed a lot of time with an injury opening the door for Diontae Johnson and James Washington. Washington struggled to get on the field his rookie year and when he did he struggled with some drops. Moncrief has came back from injury and continued to play with the first team.

Early in camp James Washington struggled to keep Dionte Johnson at bay. Johnson had some people comping him to AB coming out at the draft (yes I know it’s laughable, but there are some similar traits) so there are some high expectations. My money is on Moncrief starting the year off in the lineup (barring injury). I’m excited to see how Washington and Johnson perform during the preseason and one can pull away from the other. 

Denver RB Job

UDFA Phillip Lindsay finished as RB12 last year but the Broncos drafted Royce Freeman in 3rd round and they are not ready to give up on him yet. Devantae Booker has managed to hang around as well even though he has rarely impressed on the field. 

Neither Freeman or Lindsay played in the Hall of Fame game which was expected. Khalfani Mohammed was probably the best player on the field but I think the backfield is too muddled for him to have any fantasy impact.

This is going to be a tough situation to monitor but it looks like if the Broncos get their way it will be a near 50/50 split between Lindsay and Freeman which would signal a significant regression for Lindsay and a possible improvement for Freeman. Denver also just brought in Theo Riddick as a passing threat out of the backfield to muddle the backfield even more.

Patriots WR 2 Job

There’s not much to watch here expect to note that 1st rounder N’Keal Harry has been outperformed by UDFA Jakobi Meyers. I don’t believe that Jakobi Meyers will be the starting outside receiver for the Patriots come week one but I do believe that the Patriots will not rush Harry into a starting role if he isn’t ready.

Eagles RB1 Job

The Eagles have a very crowded backfield with a lot of talent between Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Philadelphia has already admitted to a full blown RBBC (running back by committee) which is going to put a cap on all of these players. 

Jordan Howard seems to have a bit of a stranglehold on the first two downs so far. Add that to the likelihood that he will be the main guy to get goal line carries makes him the guy with the safest floor in this backfield. 

Reports have been coming out that Miles Sanders has looked electric. He may not start the season as the lead back but could end up as the highest scoring fantasy player in that backfield. If I was gambling man (oh wait- I am) then I would take the safe floor of Jordan Howard this year. Sproles will probably eat into some of Sanders opportunity so sign me up for the former Bear to be the top dog for 2019. 

As fantasy drafts are kicking off through the month of August it’s important to keep an eye on these players who could win you your league by making a more informed dart throw in your later rounds. Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @FootballBry15 and be sure to listen to JetSet Fantasy Football every week for more dazzling football analysis.