Fantasy Football: Where should you draft Todd Gurley in 2020?

Todd Gurley, Falcons
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In 2017 and 2018, spurred by leading the league in rushing scores both seasons, Todd Gurley was the top-scoring fantasy running back in standard scoring leagues. In 2018, when he played 14 games and notably faded late, he was RB3 in full-point PPR behind Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey.

That late fade in 2018 carried into last year. Gurley set career lows for carries (223) and rushing yards (857), with a notable reduction as a pass catcher too (31 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns).

But it was not all bad for Gurley last year. He had 12 rushing scores (tied for fifth in the league), as he got a 63 percent of the Rams’ red zone carries, and his snap share (71 percent) was not much different than 2017 (76 percent) or 2018 (75 percent). Any difference in the sheer number of plays the Rams ran should be noted, but the difference between 2017 and 2019 was one snap for Gurley.

In full-point PPR scoring last year, Gurley finished as RB14. In standard scoring, he was RB12. So rumors of his demise appear to be overstated.

After being cut by the Rams this offseason, Gurley landed back in the state where he made his hay in college by signing with the Atlanta Falcons. He will be atop a depth chart, after the release of Devonta Freeman, that now has Brian Hill, Ito Smith and Quadree Ollison.

Gurley’s best days are behind him, but where should he go off the board in fantasy football drafts this year?