The number of viable RBs in PPR leagues has spiked the last 2 seasons. Check it out:
The number of RBs to average more than 10 PPR points per game vacillated between 32 and 39 for 13 straight seasons from 2002-2014. The last 2 years? 45 and 41.
Perhaps it’s a 2-year fluke. More likely is that the combination of an increasingly pass-happy NFL and the continuation of specialized backfield roles has created more pass-catching RBs that we can plug into our PPR lineups.
Last year, guys like Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery, Darren Sproles and James White all went late in drafts or undrafted altogether — then caught 40+ balls and averaged double-digit PPR points per game.
Here are 9 guys — all going in the 10th round or later in recent PPR drafts on MyFantasyLeague.com — who could do the same in 2017.
Flash back to 2015. Sims hauled in 51 of 70 targets for 561 yards and 4 TDs. His 11.0 yards per catch ranked 2nd — behind only David Johnson — among 35 RBs who caught 30+ balls. He also averaged a strong 4.9 yards per carry and finished 16th at his position in PPR points.
And that all came alongside Doug Martin’s big 288-carry, 33-catch campaign.
Last year didn’t go as smoothly for Sims. He missed 9 games with knee and shoulder injuries. He sputtered to 2.9 yards per carry.
But Sims remained effective in the passing game. He snagged 24 of 32 targets for 190 yards and 1 score. That’s a 16-game pace of 55 catches and 434 yards. Those marks would have ranked 5th and 7th among RBs.
Tampa’s backfield is more crowded now than it was a year ago. Martin returns, although he’ll open the season on a 3-game suspension. Jacquizz Rodgers is back after joining the team last September and performing decently in spurts. Jeremy McNichols was added to the mix in the 5th round of the draft.
But Sims still looks like the team’s top pass-catching back. He sports a career 10.0 yards-per-catch average as a pro and racked up 203 grabs across 4 college seasons.
The best part about Sims: he’s practically free, with an ADP sitting in the 16th round.