Most Targeted Fantasy Football Running Backs so far in 2020

Most Targeted Fantasy Football Running Backs so far in 2020

In fantasy football, heavily targeted RBs are a slim commodity and always in high demand in PPR leagues.

Throughout three games, each of these RBs listed here has received no less than 15 targets in passing. While some of these guys here are old hat, some are quite surprising.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints — 31 Targets

Kamara has always been a dominant pass-catcher. With Michael Thomas out, Kamara has been heavily utilized by QB Drew Brees. As such, he has already racked up 285 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Once Thomas returns, Kamara’s target share will tame down a bit.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys — 23 Targets

Elliott remains a PPR stud. He’s turned 23 targets into 15 receptions for a total of 88 yards and one touchdown. This production should remain fairly consistent on a weekly basis.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers — 18 Targets

Jones, who some were leery to draft too highly, is commanding targets. His volume is up do to Davante Adams’ injury. However, never doubt a reliable back who has tallied 95 yards and one touchdown through the air so far.

Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers — 17 Targets

Surprise! Davis was a top waiver wire target after CMC went down for injury in Week 2. Davis will be a fixture for weeks to come and has nicely turned his targets into 16 catches for 119 yards and one score.

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots — 16 Targets

Surprise No. 2! Burkhead’s usage in New England has been wildly inconsistent for years. With James White’s absence, Burkhead has stepped up. He’s got 96 receiving yards and one touchdown on the books. At best though, he is fill-in play until White returns.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers — 16 Targets

Ekeler doesn’t lead this list. While 16 targets is a nice amount in three games, he is on pace to finish 2020 with 85 targets. This is compared to the 108 he had last season. Nevertheless, fantasy owners are enjoying Ekeler’s 126 overall yards he’s been averaging this year per game.

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins — 16 Targets

Another name no one was tossing around on draft day is Gaskin. Gaskin was quickly grabbed off of waivers and is the back to own in Miami. He’s turned 16 targets into 91 yards and a whopping four receiving touchdowns.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs — 16 Targets

CEH was drafted top-5 in tons of formats. Look for him to build on his receiving numbers, considering 14-of-16 of his targets were earned in his last two games. Fantasy owners should be patient. The value of drafting CEH a tad high will hopefully reward soon.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals — 15 Targets

A blast from the past, Bernard is sniping targets from Joe Mixon’s disgruntled fantasy owners. In three games, Bernard has totaled 98 yards Meanwhile, Mixon has been struggling to run the ball while averaging just 54.7 rushing yards per tilt.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles — 15 Targets

Sanders garnering 15 targets in just two games deserves a high-five. On the downside, however, he has managed just 48 yards and no touchdowns from his target share. Those who drafted him for solid PPR results can at least enjoy the 95.5 rushing yards he’s averaged per clash.

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills — 15 Targets

Singletary is not quite living up to his draft-day expectations. Nonetheless, he does factor into the passing game and has notched 11 catches for 93 receiving yards and two touchdowns. This only slightly helps in Singletary’s lack of usage as a ball carrier though.

Closing Thoughts:

  • Kamara, Elliott and Jones will keep producing at a high level.
  • Owners definitely can ride with Davis while CMC is out.
  • Gaskin is a hold, unless you’re loaded at the position and want to sell high.
  • Ekeler’s overall numbers should occur pretty consistently.
  • Burkhead and Bernard are total wild cards and flex plays at best in situational games.
  • CEH is on the rise while Singletary is on the fall.
  • And, fingers crossed that Sanders stays healthy, and sees a steady increase in production.