Anthony McFarland Jr.
(Michael Conroy/AP)

The “Who The Fuck is That Guy” series continues! For those who don’t know, “Who The Fuck is That Guy” is the best segment that we use to conclude every episode of the the Vendetta Sports Fantasy Show on our Youtube Channel. Everyone on the show gives a random player that no one knows about. A player no one will ever draft but somehow, someway they will win you your fantasy league. Today, we’re looking at Anthony McFarland Jr. Scott and Trey both picked him in the very first episode of the Vendetta Sports Fantasy Show.

Background Information

The 21 year old running back was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. McFarland is an absolute BURNER as he ran a 4.44 40 yard dash at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. During his sophomore year at Maryland, McFarland racked up 614 rushing yards on 114 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per carry as well as 8 rushing touchdowns. McFarland also added value in the receiving game. McFarland had 126 receiving yards on 17 catches giving him an average of 7.4 yards per reception. McFarland also had 1 receiving touchdown.

Fantasy Potential

Anthony McFarland Jr. has great fantasy potential because he is explosive. When he gets the ball and can find a way into open space he will use his speed and get chunk plays. Sometimes a chunk play is the only thing a player needs to do well in fantasy. Remember 2 years ago when Mark Sanchez handed off to Adrian Peterson (Both playing in Washington) and he broke off a 90 yard touchdown run against the Eagles? That won me my fantasy week. 1 big play and it changes a player’s point total and can change the fate of your game.

Unique Skill Set in Pittsburgh

Anthony McFarland Jr. brings a new dynamic to the Steelers’ running back room. He brings the explosiveness and quickness that simply weren’t there with James Conner and Benny Snell Jr. Conner and Snell both ran a 4.66 40 yard dash. McFarland ran a 4.44 40 yard dash. That’s such a significant difference in speed, it gives McFarland an advantage in getting to the edge and breaking contain. That advantage simply doesn’t exist with Connor and Snell. Not only that, it strikes fear into opposing defenses that someone with that speed is on the other side of the field.

Path to Playing Time

Anthony McFarland Jr. won’t be a day 1 starter for Pittsburgh. The Steelers are taking the approach of a committee. Snell and Connor both fulfill the same role of a between the tackles bruiser. The competition is between McFarland and Jaylen Samuels for 3rd down pass catching back and change of pace responsibilities. Samuels is entering his 3rd year with the Steelers and he has less than 1000 scrimmage yards in his entire career. That does not inspire a lot of confidence. The promise and potential that Anthony McFarland Jr. brings to the table means it’s only a matter of time before he over.takes and out performs Jaylen Samuels.

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