Injury-away running backs are those running backs that largely depend on an injury for fantasy viability. Committee plus running backs are those with an opportunity to be an injury-away running back in the event of an injury to the starter. Still, they have standalone weekly value when the starter is healthy. When the starting running back is healthy, these running backs may be RB2 or flex play considerations which is a benefit over pure one injury away running backs who are not near your starting lineup decisions every week.
Jamaal Williams was brought to Detroit with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn calling him an "A Back," which raised eyebrows considering D'Andre Swift is on the roster. Williams has been a viable option as a flex consideration in Green Bay, finishing as RB34, RB45, RB35, and RB40 in his first four years despite only starting 20 out of his 60 career games. If he is a committee back, he has the potential for 40 receptions and to compete for a goal-line role, where he can provide lineup viability. If the offseason smoke is foreshadowing a Williams fire in 2021, he has RB2 upside.
Through four years of his career, Kareem Hunt has posted RB3, RB8, and RB10 finishes. The other season, Hunt was suspended for 8 games and finished as RB54 but averaged 12.6 points per game. In his two seasons with Cleveland, Hunt has played 20 games with Nick Chubb and averaged 13.2 points in those contests, while he scored 13.6 points per game when Chubb did not play. While the fantasy difference was not much, Hunt’s workload was high, with 12.1 touches per game when Nick Chubb plays versus 20.25 touches per game without Chubb, nearly doubling his rushing attempts (8.85 to 16.25). Hunt is capable of RB2 production with Chubb playing and would project as an RB1 if Chubb misses time.
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