Kenneth Gainwell
Running BackRB
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gainwell burst onto the scene with a dominant 2019 season as a redshirt freshman, showcasing elite rushing and pass-catching ability as he finished fourth in fantasy points among running backs. He was one of just two players with at least 200 carries and 45 targets, joining Eno Benjamin in that class, but Gainwell finished with 1,873 total yards and 15 scores while Benjamin posted just 1,430 on 50 more total touches. Gainwell’s pass-catching ability makes him a top notch fantasy asset -- he not only sees volume in that area, but he provides rare efficiency, too. His 10.0 YPT was the best mark in the nation by almost two full yards among backs with at least 45 targets. And with Memphis bringing its offensive nucleus back, there’s little reason to predict a drop-off for the electric Gainwell. Read Past Outlooks
Heading to NFL
January 18, 2021
Gainwell announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he will forgo his remaining eligibility at Memphis to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Gainwell opted out of the 2020 season, but he made a splash as a redshirt freshman in 2019, rushing for 1,459 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 610 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a pass catcher. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Gainwell notably worked ahead of Antonio Gibson, who went on to become a third-round pick of Washington in the 2020 NFL Draft. Gainwell could be headed for a similar placement in the draft, though teams may want to see how he tests during the pre-draft process coming off a lost season. As for Memphis, Rodrigues Clark, Asa Martin, Kylan Watkins and Marquavius Weaver are all candidates to continue to pick up the slack out of the backfield now that Gainwell is officially out of the picture.
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Opts out of season
Personal
August 30, 2020
Gainwell announced Sunday that he will opt out of the 2020 season, Christian Fowler of 247Sports.com reports.
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Disappoints in season finale
December 29, 2019
Gainwell rushed nine times for 34 yards and a touchdown and caught seven of eight targets for 78 yards in the Cotton Bowl defeat to Penn State on Saturday.
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Held in check by Cincinnati
December 8, 2019
Gainwell had 18 carries for 44 yards and three catches on five targets for 40 yards in Saturday's win over Cincinnati.
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Held without a score again
December 4, 2019
Gainwell had 15 carries for 87 yards against Cincinnati in the regular season finale. He added three catches for 20 yards on four targets.
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Noticeably absent from end zone
November 24, 2019
Gainwell had 14 carries for 128 yards in Saturday's 49-10 win over South Florida.
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