Fantasy Football: One Breakout Candidate From Every NFL Team
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington
We're really just a Samaje Perine fan site.
The Washington rookie has been the subject of a few pieces this offseason. The reasoning is pretty straightforward -- Perine has a great chance to see lead-back volume, and he's not being valued like it.
Currently RB34, Perine is going in drafts around the time when you take a running back while crossing your fingers that he sees anything resembling a meaningful amount of touches. For Perine, though, it's not too difficult to dream up scenario in which he takes control of the Washington backfield.
That's because Rob Kelley just ain't very good, according to our metrics.
He was exactly league average (-0.02) in Rushing NEP per carry a year ago while his 37.50% Success Rate was below the league-average clip (40.28%). Last season, 43 running backs saw at least 80 carries, Kelley checked in 26th in Rushing NEP per attempt and 29th in Success Rate.
Perine might not be a stellar NFL back, either -- we'll have to see, though Washington seems to be impressed -- but Kelley is far from an insurmountable obstacle. If Perine can secure the lead role, he can ride that volume to fantasy relevance, just like Kelley did in 2016.