On the Watchlist

There are a few backs that deserve keeping an eye on even if they’re not necessarily roster ready.

Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers

Samuels has a little more elusive skills over lead back Conner and could share the backfield with him. I definitely like him more in a PPR league but while Conner is bound to out-touch Samuels by a mile, but should an injury occur, Samuels is an excellent plug and play.

Justice Hill, Baltimore Ravens

Similar to the Seahawks, the Ravens love to run the ball and even have a quarterback that can carry the pill. Mark Ingram is the new bell cow and while he’s done that role before in New Orleans, a compliment back for him tends to maximize the backfield where he’s featured. Gus Edwards is the direct backup, but Justice Hill has been turning it up in the preseason and looks like a guy who will share the backfield with whomever is featured. Hill has speed and for a change of pace, he could be deadly in this squad. It just might take a few weeks before we find out what his role is.

Darwin Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has already stated that their backfield will be a committee. With Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and Carlos Hyde leading the way, it appeared that Thompson had his work cut out. However, after a solid training camp, Thompson has jumped Hyde and been featured with the first team on the practice field and in preseason games. In this offense, every fantasy owner wants a piece of it, even if it’s a small piece.