Tank Bigsby

Tank Bigsby

RB - JAC
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College: Auburn
Jacksonville Jaguars

2023 Season Outlooks

Bigsby earned playing time immediately as a true freshman and found early success as a running back, receiver and return man, including racking up 268 all-purpose yards against Arkansas. He continued to find success both in the box score and the underlying metrics (sixth-best in yards after contact, 11th-best in forced missed tackles, seventh-best in breakaway run percentage in 2022, per PFF). Where Bigsby can immediately help the Jaguars is in the red zone, an area where Etienne struggled last season. If he can earn the red-zone role early, Bigsby is a great RB to prioritize drafting in the final rounds of your draft. In rookie-only formats, Bigsby is worth considering late in Round 2.

Doug Pederson opened 2022 with Travis Etienne running behind James Robinson but leading the receiving work. Etienne took over the rushing from Week 7, but his receiving opportunities declined.

That plus the third-round selection of Bigsby leave a wide range of possibilities for how Etienne and the rookie could fit together in 2023. As long as Bigsby remains in RB4 ADP territory or lower, he’ll be an upside draft addition across fantasy formats.

He’d at least be an Etienne injury away from lead work in what could be a top offense.

What We Learned Last YearBigsby closed out a three-year run of leading the Auburn backfield. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a true freshman in 2020, more than doubling his nearest RB teammate in rushing attempts.The next season found Bigsby ranking fourth in the SEC in carries, rushing yards, and scrimmage yards – despite playing for a deteriorating team.Bigsby closed out by leading the 2022 team in receptions, on top of leading in rushing. He drew 15.3% target share, tops among his RB class and in the same territory as Rachaad White, who led the 2021 RB class.Bigsby averaged 5.4 yards per carry and 7.2 yards per catch for his Auburn career.He ran a 4.45-second 40 time at his pro day. That was enough to give him a 74th-percentile speed score among RBs, even with the 0.05-second penalty for pro day 40 times being historically faster than Combine times.Bigsby’s Combine 40 time rated just 47th percentile. Even there, though, he posted a 70th-percentile 10-yard split.Jacksonville selected him in Round 3, as the seventh RB off the board and fourth in the round.
What to Expect in 2023RB Travis Etienne operated as a rushing workhorse after James Robinson left. But HC Doug Pederson said in February about the backfield: “You’re always looking to have two, three, four guys that can work the rotation.”The work is bound to be spread more than last year, when JaMycal Hasty and Snoop Cooner took barely any touches.Pederson’s previous five years as a HC all came in Philadelphia, 2016-2020. Miles Sanders’ 13.7 carries per game in 2020 were the most by any Eagles RB in that span. No other RB reached 12 carries per game. Two of those teams had two RBs reach double-digit carries per game.Bigsby stands roughly the same size as Etienne but does look like more of a power runner. Still, the two aren’t different enough in style to make it clear how they might fit as complements.Pederson has continued to say the team likes Conner, though he totaled just 12 touches in his rookie campaign. He and Hasty remain, and the team added D’Ernest Johnson on a cheap one-year deal.Bigsby should be the favorite among that group to emerge as Jacksonville’s No. 2 back

Bigsby was selected in the third round of April's draft. The Auburn product has decent size and power, which came in handy while dealing with weak run blocking at Auburn (his career 1.84 yards before contact rate is second lowest in this year's rookie class, though he made up for it with solid YAC and forced missed tackle rates). Bigsby ran for at least 834 yards in all three collegiate seasons and although pass-catching and blocking are a concern, his receiving work progressively increased (including a 16% target share in 2022 , second highest in this class). Bigsby will compete with JaMycal Hasty for No. 2 duties behind Travis Etienne. He shouldn't be drafted, but has some insurance value should Etienne miss time.

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#169

PPR

#155

Half-PPR

#189

Superflex

#162

2023 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
463.1 3.7 18.5 143.0 0.9

2023 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#128

Pick 11.08

PPR

#140

Pick 12.08

Half-PPR

#129

Pick 11.09

Superflex

#171

Pick 15.03

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Low

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