Second-year RBs who could come out of nowhere for your 2024 fantasy team

Fantasy Football players have to go deep with their research, at least if they want to be successful. Here are some names to remember.
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Deuce Vaughn, Dallas Cowboys
Nov 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Deuce Vaughn (42) reacts during during a game against the New York Giants. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Deuce Vaughn, Dallas Cowboys

Deuce Vaughn was a popular late-round pick in dynasty leagues last year after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, the team his dad works as a scout for. However, Vaughn didn't see the field much as a rookie.

That could change in year two now that Tony Pollard has left for the Tennessee Titans. Someone is going to have to carry the load in the Cowboys' backfield and it might be multiple guys as the current depth chart might be the thinnest in the league. Aside from Vaughn, the only other RBs on the team are Rico Dowdle, Malik Davis, Snoop Conner and Hunter Luepke. Vaughn should emerge from that group with much more playing time than he saw as a rookie.

He carried the ball just 23 times for 40 yards and caught seven passes this past season, but the team may look to incorporate him more in the offensive gameplan this coming year. The diminutive back can do some damage, particularly in the passing game, so he could end up being a PPR weapon out of the backfield.

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The Cowboys will likely add a running back in this year's draft but even if that happens, Vaughn is a name to watch in 2024.