Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
The departure of RB Duke Johnson supercharges Chubb’s pass-catching upside. We’ll just have to see if Cleveland is willing to use him in a 3-down role. In Thursday night’s preseason opener, Chubb carried once and caught his 1 target for 14 yards on his lone series. But RB Dontrell Hilliard caught 2 balls on that drive and could siphon some targets come the regular season.
David Montgomery, RB, Bears
He was super impressive in his preseason debut on Thursday night, flashing vision, tackle-breaking prowess and pass-catching ability on his way to 46 yards and a TD. We still have some volume concerns for Montgomery in a backfield alongside Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis. But the rookie boasts exciting fantasy upside if he gets the rock enough.
Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, RBs, 49ers
RB Jerick McKinnon is expected to be sidelined another 2 weeks after receiving a platelet rich plasma injection in his troublesome knee. That gives Coleman and Breida more time to separate themselves as San Francisco’s top 2 backs.