As most fantasy football managers can attest, drafting running backs is crucial to constructing a championship roster
In last night’s Hall of Fame game between the Raiders and Jaguars, NFL fans got to see one of the best deep sleepers at the position. Zamir White, who the Raiders selected in the fourth round out of Georgia, showed excellent burst and solid hands out of the backfield.
There had been some questions prior to the draft as to whether White could be productive at the NFL level despite averaging 5.3 yards per carry over a span of 37 games playing against elite competition. The main concerns surrounded his production out of the backfield after hauling in just 17 receptions in three collegiate seasons.
On Thursday night, White earned significant reps after starter Josh Jacobs left the game after playing the first two series. The former Bulldog shined, rushing for a game-high 52 yards on the ground while also adding three receptions for 23 yards in the club’s 27-11 win over Jacksonville. This initial performance should put to rest his inability to take over the Raiders' third-down back role.
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In Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues, fantasy managers can draft White in the final rounds of drafts based on his latest ADP. The rookie could become one of the best value picks considering his role in one of the league’s highest-scoring offenses.