Dynasty Fantasy Football Running Back Tiers: Miles Sanders, Chase Edmonds and Devin Singletary could rise quickly
The Eagles, Bills and Dolphins haven’t exactly been goldmines for fantasy ball production over the past few years, but Miles Sanders, Devin Singletary and Chase Edmonds hope to change that. First, they’ll have to prove they’re the best full-backs in their squad, but it’s not hard to imagine how big lifters they’ll be in the first month of the 2022 season. Then again, they could also be backup running backs by then. This is what makes him one of Dynasty’s most volatile low-end running backs.
The case is probably the easiest for Miles Sanders. He’s just 25, averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his first three NFL seasons and averaged 83.7 yards from scrimmage in the 10 full games he played in the last year. His main competition for running back touches comes from former sixth-round pick Boston Scott and last year’s fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell. Sanders should offer value as a low-end RB2 as long as he can stay healthy.
Then again, Sanders hasn’t played more than 12 games in a season since 2019 and Scott has more rushing touchdowns than him in the past three seasons. Gainwell is a good pass catch-up and the only comeback on the list this diet has drafted.
Singletary has a bit more competition in 2022 second-round pick James Cook, but Cook is a pass-catching specialist and Singletary hasn’t needed many catches to thrive in the streak in 2021. in his last six games, including the playoffs, Singletary had averaged 17 carries for 71.6 yards per game and scored eight rushing touchdowns. Even one take per game would make that kind of rhythm special.
But, just as Sanders probably won’t score any more touchdowns, Singletary is unlikely to score regularly either. If Cook really takes the vast majority of targets, it’s hard to see how Singletary can be more than a flex, which will leave him in Dynasty’s no man’s land.
Finally, Edmonds has the messiest situation ever. But it could also be the most fruitful. He will face Sony Michel and Raheem Mostert for touches in Mike McDaniel’s first year as Dolphins head coach. McDaniel gives this running back situation a real advantage, as do the offensive line improvements they made in the offseason. Edmonds is the most explosive back on the team and should have the transmissions locked by now. Even 10-12 carries per game could make him a go-to running back and send him leaps and bounds.
Making the right bets on these backs could have a big impact on your 2022 season. For now, in Dynasty, I let the market dictate what I do with them. I’m willing to buy at medium flex cost, but I’m absolutely selling if anyone values them as RB2.
Here are my updated Dynasty running back levels: