The last time we saw Miami Dolphins RB Devon Acha on the football field was Week 5 and he torched the New York Giants run defense. Despite that extended absence, Achan is still RB9 in the half-PPR scoring format through eight weeks.
Achane is two weeks away from returning from injured reserve, but is now the time to beat him and steal him from another fantasy football roster in your league?
A holiday view of Devon Achan
There is no denying what Achane can do when he is on the field and fully healthy. From a fantasy points-per-game perspective, Achan is the 24.3 RB1 in all of fantasy football! The next closest is San Francisco 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey with 23.1.
The stress on Achan becomes permanent. Even coming to the NFL out of Texas A&M, Achan was concerned about the kind of workload he could carry under 200 pounds.
Of course though way It’s too early to make a broad judgment on whether or not Achan is injury-prone, but there needs to be a discussion about how much size the young RB can hold and still be on the field.
This discussion is important because it significantly changes the value of a peer business. If he’s going to see 15+ touches every week, he’s a top-five fantasy asset with big playmaking ability. For context, he’s tied for the second-most 15-plus-yard rushes at the RB position this season despite playing in just four games.
However, if he only sees 8-10 touches per week, that lowers his production projection and the confidence that fantasy managers can have in him. He can still make big-time plays, but as his volume declines, his chances of making those plays decrease.
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As the Miami Dolphins will have RB Jeff Wilson Jr., RB Raheem Mostert and Achan all — presumably — healthy this season, the need to give Achan a heavy workload won’t be there. This allows Miami to lighten the tone and reduce the risk of re-injury for the explosive player.
We need to keep this in mind when debating what it would cost and whether or not it would be worth it to get a match in our fantasy football league.
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Should you trade Zach Moss for Devon Achan?
Achan’s trade value should be balanced against the reality that he won’t be back on the field until at least Week 11 because Miami has a bye in Week 10. With that in mind, the value of the next guy to lose. Compared to the guy he was about to play, three games was a huge drop.
Indianapolis Colts RB Zach Moss has been productive this year, but if you’re a contending team looking to make a deep playoff run, you’re trading Moss for another manager trying to string together two wins over the next few weeks. Keeping them alive is not a bad business. It just depends on where they are on the roster.
Should you trade Rashad White for Devon Achan?
While Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Rashad White and Achan are healthy and their productions on the field are insanely different, losing Achan for the next two weeks is enough to make me side with White in this trade.
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Its consistent sound cannot be missed for fantasy details that want to stay afloat and survive for weeks. Plus, White already had a bye week, and that’s a huge advantage not available from any other RB.
If you’re deep enough that you don’t consistently start white, though, it’s worth looking to push peer upside for a deeper playoff.
Should you trade Jahmir Gibbs for Devon Achan?
Detroit Lions RB Jahmir Gibbs is coming off a terrific performance in Week 8 against the Las Vegas Raiders, but questions remain about what his workload will look like when teammate David Montgomery returns to the lineup in Week 10.
Even with those concerns, it’s highly appropriate that Gibbs be traded for Achan at this point. His upside is just as high, and he seems to have solidified a more expansive role in this Detroit offense. Achan still has to compete with Mostert and Wilson when he returns to the field.
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