James Robinson was a fantasy darling this year. You got him for basically nothing, and he was the RB4 on the year, providing you with RB1 numbers for the entire season.
While he might seem like a no-brainer early round pick for a lot of us, when a team doesn’t have much invested in a RB, we have to pay attention to their offseason moves… regardless of their production.
There’s also a new head coach coming in – potentially Urban Meyer. With that, can come additional offensive coaching staff replacements.
Changes can be made. Watch for the Jaguars to potentially add a RB via free agency or via the draft. If no one significant is added to the backfield, and camp reports confirm that Robinson is the guy once again, only then should we should feel comfortable taking Robinson in the early rounds. Until then, we shouldn’t.
Myles Gaskin was the poor man’s Robinson this year, but he was still the RB10 in PPR FPPG in 2020. We all were fairly confident it was either going to be Matt Breida or Jordan Howard, or both, coming into the year. They bypassed the free agent signing and the trade acquisition for Gaskin, so that tells you how fluid they are in terms of willingness to give the best guy the job.
And that can happen again in 2021, where Gaskin is on the other end of it, especially because the lack of investment the team has in him. Monitor the Dolphins moves in free agency and the draft, and don’t forget that there will be a new offensive coordinator there as well. Even if the Dolphins don’t make “significant” moves at the RB position, taking Gaskin within the first several rounds of our fantasy drafts will be risky.