Hop Aboard The Gus Bus
Everyone knows the importance of running backs for fantasy football regardless of scoring or format. It’s the toughest position to acquire depth at due to the lack of RBs with a sizable guaranteed workload. If you search hard enough there’s a few that are being heavily undervalued as of now, making them must drafts near their current ADPs.
Let’s take a look at one of my favorite sleepers heading into the 2021 season.
Gus “The Bus” Edwards of the Baltimore Ravens is a loophole for fantasy owners. Yes, he is nonexistent in the passing game seeing just 23 targets over 43 games but this rushing attack is dangerous and there’s more than enough work to go around. Edwards has been extremely efficient in his first three pro seasons averaging 5.2 yards per carry on 414 attempts. The former undrafted rookie free agent out of Rutgers has consistently had a sizable role in this offense hitting the 130 carry mark and at least 700 rushing yards in each of his three seasons. His role has been slowly increasing each year with 2020 seeing him hit the 150 touch mark for the first time. With Mark Ingram in Houston I expect The Gus Bus to put on some more mileage and see around 200 touches in 2021 making him a very likely candidate to finish as a RB3.
He’s currently being extremely undervalued with an ADP of #116 putting him somewhere in the 10th or 11th rounds. Green Bay’s AJ Dillon has a current ADP of #99 and Detroit’s Jamaal Williams and New Orleans’ Latavius Murray are right behind Edwards in ADP but are usually ranked above him. I’d take Gus Bus rounds before I take any of those guys.
Right now Edwards has the ranking of RB 47 from a consensus of 95 experts. That’s wild to me because he finished 10 positions better than that last season and has been trending upward with his workload steadily increasing each year. The fact that Edwards is receiving so little attention is most likely due to everyone being so high on his counterpart J.K. Dobbins. I get it, Dobbins is a beast and has RB 1 upside and then some but just because Dobbins is about to ball out doesn’t mean Edwards won’t too. This team has run the ball more than anyone and has done it better than anyone by a wide margin, leading the league in all major rushing yardage categories.
Baltimore ran the ball 555 times last season for over three thousand yards! The year before they were just as impressive averaging over 200 rushing yards per game. This rushing attack is special and there’s no sign of them slowing down anytime soon. J.K. Dobbins will break out big time but there will be more than enough work for Edwards to return fantasy owners with great value near where he is being taken now. Edwards will have a large role and I expect Lamar Jackson’s rushing workload to continue to decrease, freeing up even more opportunities.
Teams don’t award former undrafted rookies who have little to no production in the passing game multi year contracts worth $5 million per year to just be a change of pace back or backup. He’ll be a difference maker for Baltimore and fantasy owners in 2021. Hop aboard the Gus Bus before it’s too late!
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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