Antonio Gibson skyrockets into Tier 8 with the news of Derrius Guice's arrest and release from Washington. Gibson averaged less than three (3!) carries per game at Memphis in 2019, but his unique combination of size, speed and explosiveness make him a gamble with major upside worth taking in the middle rounds of your fantasy drafts. Gibson could operate out of the slot, catch passes out of the backfield and move all around the field while Washington faces a lot of negative gamescripts in 2020. While he isn't nearly as close to a potential hefty workload a la David Johnson in Houston, at this point in the draft I want at least half of my picks to be swinging for the fences. If you don't buy the hype, then just watch this video. He could be the NFL's next #humancheatcode, just give the man some damn touches and get out of the way.
Kareem Hunt, as we stated in our Tier 5 writeup, literally outscored Nick Chubb in PPR after returning to the field in 2019. While he is unlikely to do that in 2020, his upside only increases with Kevin Stefanski bringing his creativity and proclivity for 2RB/2TE sets to Cleveland's offense. Hunt, just like Latavius Murray in our next tier, could easily become fantasy's #1 overall RB if the guy ahead of him goes down, but even with a healthy Chubb in Cleveland he has plenty of standalone value and could provide consistent RB2 production week to week with his targets/catches alone.
The aforementioned Johnson just didn't look right in 2019 and I struggle to believe just because Bill O'Brien essentially traded Nuke Hopkins for Johnson and some picks that Johnson is still a viable starting RB in this league. Back issues can be the worst of all, and Duke Johnson's presence could limit David Johnson's true upside in the passing game that he once had with the Arizona Cardinals, and his back is still a concern.
James White and Tarik Cohen stand to benefit from the increased likelihood of negative gamescripts in 2020, while Cam Newton's suspect shoulder and the Patriots' slew of key players opting out will lead to more check downs for White as New England could be trailing more often than not this season. Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson enter this tier as Sean McVay continues to stress an open competition for RB1 duties in Los Angeles. Each of these two flashed major potential in college and whoever wins this job could shine in 2020 for the Rams, despite their offensive line woes.