2018 Fantasy Football: Jerick McKinnon Player Profile

Jerick McKinnon Player Profile

If you want yourself a running back whisperer, then this Jerick McKinnon player profile is for you. As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.  We are only focusing on the top-rated running backs in standard scoring and points per game leagues.

With my player profiles, I’ve only decided to go back to look at their fantasy scoring for three years.  I could show you lists from earlier, but most of the guys at the top are no longer in the league anymore.  I’ve also added a chart for their usage over that time span.  We will try to determine, based on those two factors, where the best running back value lies.

Fantasy Football Jerick McKinnon

Current ADP (As of 9/3/2018):

He’s dead, Jim

 

Stats:

FANTASY FOOTBALL JERICK MCKINNON SCORING — STANDARD

Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 22 122.7 29 8.2
2016 42 82.4 53 5.9
2015 60 57.6 77 3.8

FANTASY FOOTBALL JERICK MCKINNON SCORING — PPR

Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 17 178.1 26 11.1
2016 35 122.4 46 8.7
2015 63 75.6 82 5.0

FANTASY FOOTBALL JERICK MCKINNON USAGE

Carries Carries Per Game Targets Targets Per Game
2017 150 9.4 68 4.3
2016 159 10.6 53 3.5
2015 52 3.3 29 1.8

Overview: Jerick McKinnon is an interesting running back to look at.  On the one hand, he has always been a really athletic guy whose ability never seemed to translate onto the football field.  Since he has been in the league, he hasn’t been consistent.  On the other hand, over the past three years, Kyle Shanahan has produced an RB1 in whatever offense he’s been running.  So combining Shanahan’s coaching ability with McKinnon’s athleticism strikes me as an exciting bet that could pay off really big.  However, there is something to be said about the fact that McKinnon has been in the league for four years and never really done anything.  Why are we supposed to believe he’ll do something now?

Strategy: At his current ADP, my roster composition will greatly impact my decision on drafting McKinnon.  If I have drafted heavy on wide receivers, I might take a flyer on him, but only if Jordan Howard or Travis Kelce aren’t around, as they both have similar ADP.  However, I much prefer Tyreek Hill, Adam Theilen, or Doug Baldwin if I don’t need running backs.

Ceiling: Since Kyle Shanahan is running this offense, McKinnon has the potential to be an RB1.  Shanahan seems to be able to produce those regularly.

Floor:  What will actually happen is we will discover that Kyle Shanahan isn’t able to magically fix anyone.  McKinnon will be what he’s always been, which is a flex play that you start when someone better is unavailable.