Which Atlanta Backup RB is Worth a Late-Round Pick?

Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn told reporters on Monday there’s no clear No. 2 option behind Devonta Freeman at the moment. After seeing Tevin Coleman’s production the past few seasons, we know the role has some value. Our experts examine who could emerge as a fantasy asset in the Atlanta backfield after Freeman, if anyone at all.

Which Atlanta backup running back is worth a late-round pick?

STLCards: At this moment, it’s Brian Hill. Ito Smith is not a game breaker at the position, and Qadree Ollison has a LONG way to go after a very underwhelming performance in the Hall of Fame game. While we can’t draw snap conclusions from a one-game sample with a ton of disinterest on both sides, Hill is the guy that seems to be standing out right now. He’s worth a look if you need RB depth late in your draft.

Beermakersfan: I wasn’t a huge fan of Ito Smith before the HOF game and it seems neither are the Falcons. Brian Hill has entered the discussion as a potential late-round dart throw and he would be my preferred target of the two at this moment if I HAVE to pick one, but the competition is far from over. None of the Falcons backup RBs are on my radar right now.

Chris Gimino: Brian Hill (if I was in the business of drafting late round RBs, which I am not). Smith doesn’t really have the upside even if he wins the No. 2 job, but we actually saw the upside from Hill late last season and so far in preseason/camp. Pass catching is really where Hill could explode if he was in the Tevin Coleman role, and even more so if Freeman goes down. Hill is really making the Falcons think about this, and that doesn’t say much for the overachieving Smith. I’m not making this move (because I’m on team robust RB in Best Ball), but in deep roster standard redraft Hill is the guy you can take now and just drop early in the season if he ends up not winning the job.

JSURab: I’m not really drafting any of the backup RBs for the Falcons right now. Ito Smith is not an exciting option and Brian Hill could not beat him out last season for the backup role. This situation could change depending on how the preseason goes.

JoshADHD: I’m not drafting either at this time because there are better late-round RB situations, such as BAL, ARI, and BUF. I’d rather wait two or three weeks for some clarity and use my picks elsewhere for now.

To find more Best Ball advice and analysis from our experts, check out the Expert Survey: Picks Edition, Expert Survey: Strategy Edition and the Expert Survey: Preseason News Edition.

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