Dynasty players are regularly search for players who outperform their expectations and average draft position. Our brains are more attuned to negative outcomes, however. It’s easy to weave a narrative in our minds of why certain players can’t be successful. Negative bias is a tendency to have greater sensitivity to negative than to positive events. If you’ve skipped ahead to the players listed below in this article you may be telling yourself why these players shouldn’t be targeted.
Imagine if the opposite happens. Imagine being two steps ahead of the competition in your league. This mini-series will identify undervalued players at various positions you should target. Here, I share three undervalued rookie running backs you can target late in dynasty startup or rookie drafts.
Dexter Williams, RB GB
The Packers selected Williams No. 194 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. His collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame has been defined by peaks and valleys. Williams finished with a career 257 rushing attempts, 1,636 rushing yards, and 20 rushing touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions, 162 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. Williams played as a true freshman, but was not the starter until his senior season. He accumulated 100 or more rushing yards in four of his nine games during his final season with the Fighting Irish.
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Thompson feels overvalued to me from everything I’ve seen, or at least valued correctly. I don’t think he’s undervalued anayways.
I don’t mind the 3 players you mention, worth taking a chance on. But I could also see all 3 teams they play for taking a bigger name RB in next years “stacked” class, torpedoing any value they may gain. I’d be selling this type if they get any value bump, not buying. But I do agree if they can be had for free, or next to, those are some good names to monitor.
Darwin is my favorite of these three, but I dont think he’ll ever be a 3-down back. He is smallish (under 5’10 and 200 lbs). But his physical attributes are off the charts based on combine numbers….Think Tarik Cohen but a little bigger. I don’t know if he’ll be the #1 guy anywhere, but he probably has enough skill to be really useful.