Ranking 28 on the FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings, (FantasyPros), Paul Perkins is not expected to explode this year. However, the conditions are right for Perkins to have a breakout year.
This offseason, the New York Giants released Rashad Jennings. They have no other talent at running back, so unless if they choose to pick a running back early in the NFL Draft, Perkins will start the season as the clear first string running back. Perkins is likely to receive a high workload, but he will also be running behind good blockers. The Giants had the 20th ranked offensive line this season (Pro Football Focus), but don’t let that fool you. They got their low ranking due to their abysmal tackles. They still have two elite run blockers in Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh.
Perkins is in a good team situation, but he also has the talent to break out this season. In his rookie season last year, he managed 456 yards on 112 carries (4.1 yards per carry). Perkins’ strengths as a runner come from his elite vision and agile cuts. His play style is comparable to a poor man’s Jamaal Charles.
Paul Perkins isn’t necessarily an RB1, but his young age, ideal backfield situation, and potential talent make him a good late-round pick in standard leagues or a sneaky stash in dynasty leagues. Perkins has a good chance of attaining RB2 status next season.