Fantasy Football Sleepers: 4 Unheralded Running Backs That Will Surprise

Every year, solid running backs slip to the late rounds and seem to go unnoticed by many fantasy football players.

Sure, everyone knows guys like AP, Michael Turner and Chris Johnson and will take them in the first round, but most leagues have a lot of RB or Flex spots to fill.

Making the right decisions deep in the draft will be the different between fantasy glory or glum.

This year, you should target some of these guys with your late round picks and make yourself look like a fantasy guru.

No. 4 BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Green-Ellis broke out last season with the New England Patriots and will be a solid option again this year.

In a Patriots’ offense last year that was built around QB Tom Brady throwing the rock, BenJarvus still got 229 touches. He turned this into 1,008 yards and 13 TDs.

This is solid production from an unheralded RB that will not go until the mid rounds at the earliest in most drafts.

No. 3 Beanie Wells

Beanie had a solid rookie season but fell into a sophomore slump last season due to injury. Look for the former first round pick to bounce back this year in a big way.

The Cardinals brought in Ryan Williams, which should only light a fire under Beanie to perform. He is going to be their feature back and will produce in a new look offense featuring QB Kevin Kolb.

No. 2 Willis McGahee

The Denver Broncos apparently aren’t huge fans of Knowshon Moreno. Former coach Josh McDaniels says he has a bad work ethic and regrets drafting him.

This could mean increased carries for McGahee in new coach John Fox’s zone-blocking scheme.

If McGahee plays well and Moreno stumbles or gets injured, he will have a resurgence this year unlike one we’ve seen before.

No. 1 C.J. Spiller

Spiller is only competing with Fred Jackson for carries this year. The Bills want to feature their explosive playmaker more on offense this year and splitting time with Jackson is the perfect way to do this. He should be in for a monster season and will be the steal of the draft if he lives up to his potential. 

-Alex Kay

Follow @AlexPKay

TAGS: , ,

Fantasy Football Sleepers: 4 Unheralded Running Backs That Will Surprise

Every year, solid running backs slip to the late rounds and seem to go unnoticed by many fantasy football players.

Sure, everyone knows guys like AP, Michael Turner and Chris Johnson and will take them in the first round, but most leagues have a lot of RB or Flex spots to fill.

Making the right decisions deep in the draft will be the different between fantasy glory or glum.

This year, you should target some of these guys with your late round picks and make yourself look like a fantasy guru.

No. 4 BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Green-Ellis broke out last season with the New England Patriots and will be a solid option again this year.

In a Patriots’ offense last year that was built around QB Tom Brady throwing the rock, BenJarvus still got 229 touches. He turned this into 1,008 yards and 13 TDs.

This is solid production from an unheralded RB that will not go until the mid rounds at the earliest in most drafts.

No. 3 Beanie Wells

Beanie had a solid rookie season but fell into a sophomore slump last season due to injury. Look for the former first round pick to bounce back this year in a big way.

The Cardinals brought in Ryan Williams, which should only light a fire under Beanie to perform. He is going to be their feature back and will produce in a new look offense featuring QB Kevin Kolb.

No. 2 Willis McGahee

The Denver Broncos apparently aren’t huge fans of Knowshon Moreno. Former coach Josh McDaniels says he has a bad work ethic and regrets drafting him.

This could mean increased carries for McGahee in new coach John Fox’s zone-blocking scheme.

If McGahee plays well and Moreno stumbles or gets injured, he will have a resurgence this year unlike one we’ve seen before.

No. 1 C.J. Spiller

Spiller is only competing with Fred Jackson for carries this year. The Bills want to feature their explosive playmaker more on offense this year and splitting time with Jackson is the perfect way to do this. He should be in for a monster season and will be the steal of the draft if he lives up to his potential. 

-Alex Kay

Follow @AlexPKay

TAGS: , ,