Jaguars RB Travis Etienne would be great addition to your Fantasy team

The Jaguars 25th pick in the first round of the draft, running back Travis Etienne at TIAA Bank Field. (Imagn Images photo pool)
The Jaguars 25th pick in the first round of the draft, running back Travis Etienne at TIAA Bank Field. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

Second-year running back Travis Etienne is expected to have a big year for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022. He could also be a low-key great addition to your Fantasy Football team. 

The Athletic staff recently drew up a list of Fantasy breakout candidates, one for each club, and Greg Auman picked Etienne for the Jaguars. You need to have a subscription to check the article but it’s easy to see why the former Clemson Tiger got the nod.

Etienne was a playmaker in college, toting the rock 686 times for 4,952 yards with 70 touchdowns. Moreover, he logged 55 plays that went for 20 yards or more. The Jaguars’ offense could certainly benefit from that kind of production. Of course, yards won’t come as easy for the Lousiana native in the NFL but his ability to gain yards by chunks should still carry over.

Even though Etienne missed his whole rookie campaign with a Lisfranc injury he suffered in the preseason, he’s now fully healthy and will be the Jags’ lead back while James Robinson recovers from an injury of his own. In fact, Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports thinks the second-year pro is one of a handful of players set to have a breakout year in 2022.

Where should you draft Jaguars RB in your Fantasy Football league?

The top running backs in the league tend to be picked in the first two rounds of most Fantasy leagues. Jonathan Taylor will probably be one of the first players to be off the board. The same is true for Derrick Henry despite the fact that he dealt with injuries last season.

By the third round, most of the top 10 running backs will be gone, and wide receivers and quarterbacks will start to come off the board. Depending on how big your league is, Etienne will probably be available in later rounds, maybe in the fifth or sixth. The sophomore is ranked 16th among running backs on Pro Football Focus’ top 300 big board.

As important as getting top players in the first three rounds of your Fantasy draft, most leagues are won and lost in the middle and late rounds. Etienne would be a low-key, solid RB3/flex player to most teams. He doesn’t have a proven track record ahead of the 2022 season but if he lives up to expectations, those who drafted him will be glad they did.

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