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Finding 2022’s Fantasy Football Breakout Running Back: Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots

Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (43) tackles New England Patriots runningback Rhamondre Stevenson (38) during the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

New England PatriotsRhamondre Stevenson has college and rookie stats that compare favorably to Arian Foster and David Montgomery.

Stevenson wasn’t used much in the passing game as a rookie, but he was efficient on a per-route basis and a strong receiver in college.

Stevenson is a strong risk-reward pick once running backs with solidified workloads are off the board in your fantasy draft.


Stevenson didn't particularly soar to new heights as a rookie, but logging five top-24 weeks at the position displayed his ability to turn somewhat limited opportunities into production.

The fourth-round pick turned 133 carries into over 600 rushing yards (4.6 yards per carry) and five touchdowns, averaging 3.4 yards after contact. He also contributed in the passing game, averaging roughly seven yards per target.

Arian Foster was one of Stevenson’s closest comps as a prospect, and the former fantasy stud is present again a year later. Foster’s RB16 ADP going into his second season showed more optimism about his role than what Stevenson will have this year, but Foster still smashed expectations, finishing as the RB1 overall in 2010 and continuing to be a strong producer for several seasons.

David Montgomery, Stevenson’s second closest comp, finished as a top-six fantasy running back in his second year, and Jeremy Hill also snuck into the top-24 at the position. There are multiple examples of big backs who displayed some receiving chops in college who broke out in their second years, despite sharing backfields as rookies. Stevenson could be the next on the list.


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