No. 6: Devon Achane, RB, Dolphins
This section comes with a slight caveat. If Dalvin Cook signs with the Dolphins, Devon Achane’s draft value will undoubtedly take a nosedive. Cook is the type to vulture touchdowns, which is a killer for fantasy football managers. But Achane is still worth selecting if he lasts until the mid-to-late rounds of your fantasy football draft.
First, Achane is not built like a bell cow, and he never surpassed 200 carries at Texas A&M. This points to how the electrifying athlete can put his stamp on the game, even without starting reps. Although Achane wasn’t a true lead back, he made every touch count for the Aggies.
Possessing 4.3 speed with a legitimate track star background, Achane is a threat to score any snap. In tandem with his trademark explosiveness, the 21-year-old is a gifted pass catcher out of the backfield. He can rack up receptions in PPR fantasy football leagues along with game-breaking touchdowns.
In the Mike McDaniel scheme, Achane’s style is a perfect fit. He excels in zone running principles and displays the proper vision to be a difference-maker. His size, and the potential signing of Cook, are valid concerns. But looking at what Raheem Mostert did when healthy, it is hard to see a world where Achane isn’t better as a rookie.