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Wisdom of the Writers: Who is Your Favorite Late-Round RB or WR?

By Mike Krueger | 9/1/23 |

I asked a group of the FFToday writers to assume the following when answering the question below…

- Re-draft, Half-PPR league
- 12 Owners
- Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 Flex, 1 D/ST
- Draft: 18 Rounds

Who is your favorite late-round RB or WR pick (Round 14 and beyond)?

WR Jonathan Mingo CAR - Tantalizing combination of size and speed, paired with the fact only two fading vets are in front of him, give Mingo an opportunity to make noise as a rookie, especially in the 2nd half of the year. – Colby Cavaliere

RB Roschon Johnson, CHI - It depends on the platform you're drafting on because his ADP fluctuates greatly across the industry, but Johnson (FFToday Half-PPR ADP: 164) is my favorite late-round target this season. He enters the NFL as one of the best pass protectors in his class, which should allow him to further solidify his passing down role in Chicago alongside Khalil Herbert, but he also possesses a true three-down skill set that gives him the type of asymmetrical potential starter upside that typically only comes in the form of backs with middle-round ADPs. – Nick Caron

RB Rico Dowdle, DAL – Dowdle is unlikely to be drafted in most leagues despite winning the RB2 job in Dallas, which means he is in line to handle a significant share of the 248 touches Ezekiel Elliott leaves behind. Regardless of whether he inherits most of Zeke's work near the goal line (16 carries inside the 5 last year - third-most in the league), Dowdle has a reasonable chance to push for 150-plus carries in a backfield that led the NFL with 462 by the running back position a year ago. – Doug Orth

WR Nico Collins, HOU – Third-year breakout coming with a new quarterback, less competition (Cooks gone), and on a team that will see it’s fair share of negative game-script. He finished last season 2nd in the NFL with a 66% contested catch rate and has improved in many metrics over the last two seasons. Big jump coming. – Bill Anderson

WR Josh Downs, IND - The Colts are thin at WR on the active roster; Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, Josh Downs and Isaiah McKenzie (cut, then re-signed). Downs (195-2,364-19 the last two seasons at North Carolina) and fellow rookie Anthony Richardson seemed to click from early on in OTAs. He has received praise from receivers’ coach Reggie Wayne, who knows a thing or two about catching footballs. He’ll cost you very little (220 ADP) and has nice upside if he can become the No.2 guy behind Pittman Jr. – Steve Schwarz

Isaiah Hodgins

WR Isaiah Hodgins, NYG - How is Hodgins sitting down there at WR79 (read: outside your top SIX receivers in a 12-team league)? The Giants' receiving corps is crowded and Darren Waller is the new alpha dog, but Hodgins was a top 24 WR four times from Week 11 on, when his snap count greatly increased. I'd consider him a real value in Round 14 and a steal later. – Joseph Hutchins

RB Zamir White, LV - Incumbent starter Josh Jacobs ended his holdout in late August. It’s never shocking when, after an extended absence from practice, a player returns and eventually inherits a soft tissue injury. I selected White in the 17th round of my home league last week with that thought in mind. White has good size and not much competition for the RB2 spot in Vegas. – Eli Mack

RB Leonard Fournette, FA - With Elliott and Cook now out of the way and significant RB injuries surely ahead, it's hard to believe that a needy team won't soon come knocking on Fournette's door. While the former 1st round pick has over 1400 touches under his belt, he's coming off a 73-reception season and "Playoff Lenny" will be a highly trusted ball handler, having fumbled just 4 times in his entire career. – John Fessel

RB Chase Brown CIN - Every back in this spot is like a scratch-off from 7-11, so I’m going with the Bengals rookie. If Mixon goes down (or keeps being awful), Brown, who has 3-down chops, could slide into a meaningful workload on an explosive offense. – Colby Cavaliere

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