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Kimani Vidal - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsKimani Vidal's Basic Stats

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ADP: 14.2
Bye: 5
Experience: 0
Age: 22.8
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 213
40 Time: 4.46
Burst Score (Rank): 123.80 (77%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.16 (79%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 7.01

Kimani Vidal's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
30.1 0.21 1 7.4 0.03 5
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Kimani Vidal's 2024 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#52 Running Back

93 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
14.2 100.2 420.6 2.92 0 0 17.4 128.6 0.53

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsKimani Vidal's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Vidal is coming off a big senior season at Troy and landed in a nice spot with the Chargers. It’s a run-loving coaching staff and wide-open backfield alongside veterans Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

We’re still talking about a sixth-round rookie, though, so don’t overrate Vidal in 2024 fantasy drafts. He’s ideally your RB5 – maybe your RB4 if you went WR-heavy to start.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Vidal is coming off a monster senior season at Troy:
    • 297 carries
    • 1,661 rushing yards
    • 14 rushing TDs
  • He led the nation in carries and ranked second in rushing yards.
  • Vidal ran behind an offensive line that ranked 115th in Pro Football Focus run-blocking grades out of 133 schools.
  • Among 157 RBs with 100+ carries, Vidal ranked:
    • 51st in yards after contact per attempt
    • 18th in missed tackles forced per attempt
    • 6th in Pro Football Focus rushing grade
  • He led Troy in rushing in all four of his seasons and increased his yardage each year (516, 701, 1,132, and 1,661 yards).
  • Vidal also totaled 92 catches for 700 yards and one TD across his four seasons.
  • He ranked fifth among 60 qualifying RBs in PFF receiving grade as a freshman but ranked 60th or worse in each of his final three seasons.
  • Vidal checked into the Combine at 5’8 and 213 pounds.
  • He ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, giving him an 88th percentile Speed Score.
  • Vidal’s percentile ranks in other athletic tests:
    • Vertical - 83rd
    • Broad - 60th
    • 3-cone - 59th

What to Expect in 2024

  • The Chargers selected Vidal in the sixth round of the draft. He was the 16th RB off the board.
  • Over the last 10 seasons, Elijah Mitchell is the only sixth-round rookie RB to reach 100 PPR points. Isiah Pacheco is the only seventh-rounder to do it. Ten undrafted rookies have hit 100 PPR points.
  • Vidal joins a new-look Chargers backfield alongside fellow 2024 additions Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.
    • Edwards tallied career highs with 198 carries and 810 rushing yards last year. But he posted career lows in most efficiency metrics and turned 29 in April.
    • Dobbins sports a career 5.8 yards-per-carry average but has been limited to just nine games over the last three seasons. He’s currently working back from a torn Achilles suffered last September. Dobbins signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Chargers with only $50K guaranteed.
  • The Chargers have a brand new coaching staff led by HC Jim Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman. Both guys have long histories of run-heavy offenses. That includes four seasons spent together in San Francisco from 2011 to 2014. Here’s where those teams ranked in rush attempts and rush rate:
    • 2011 - 3rd, 3rd
    • 2012 - 7th, 3rd
    • 2013 - 3rd, 2nd
    • 2014 - 9th, 6th
  • It’s worth noting that dual-threat QB Colin Kaepernick started half of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. That certainly skewed the 49ers toward the run.
  • Those 49ers RB rooms were not nearly as productive as you’d think. Here’s where those teams ranked in total RB PPR points:
    • 2011 - 20th
    • 2012 - 18th
    • 2013 - 18th
    • 2014 - 29th
  • That was largely because the RBs didn’t do much in the passing game. Here’s where the 49ers’ RBs ranked in total receptions:
    • 2011 - 30th
    • 2012 - 25th
    • 2013 - 29th
    • 2014 - 31st
  • The 2023 Chargers ranked:
    • 32nd in Pro Football Focus run-blocking grades
    • 30th in adjusted line yards
  • The team spent the fifth overall pick of this year’s draft on OT Joe Alt. He ranked second among 278 qualifying OTs in Pro Football Focus’ 2023 run-blocking grades.
  • L.A. also signed free-agent Bradley Bozeman, who projects to start at C. He ranked 17th among 32 qualifiers in PFF run-blocking grades last year.

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The Chargers added Troy RB Kimani Vidal in Round 6 of the NFL Draft. Despite offers from LSU and South Carolina, the Georgia native took his talents to the Sun Belt Conference. Vidal averaged 11.2 carries per game as a true freshman and led the team in rushing – something he’d do in all four seasons. But his workloads really picked up from 2022-2023 for the run-heavy Trojans. In fact, Vidal was among the busiest college RBs with 526 carries (plus 44 catches) over that stretch. He held up well, too, missing only one game due to injury in his career. At nearly 5’8, 213 pounds, Vidal has bowling ball size and runs with matching intensity. Per The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, the 22-year-old’s 94 missed tackles forced ranked second in the FBS last season. He’s not special out of the backfield, but Vidal’s tape shows a capable receiver with more pass protection refinement than the average rookie. He lands in a nice spot under run-loving HC Jim Harbaugh in a relatively wide-open backfield alongside J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. It shouldn’t be considered a surprise if Vidal pushes for snaps in 2024.

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Kimani Vidal, RB LAC
Dynasty MVP 62.7
Position Rank #71 RB
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
198
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574
Dynasty Write-up
Vidal is short but stout at 5’8, 215 pounds. He posted eye-popping production at Troy that includes 2,793 rushing yards and 24 TDs over the past two seasons. The agile back brings pass catching ability, too, making him a Day 3 pick to monitor in L.A.
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