Sleeping With The Staff: Running Back Sleepers
Every year, we poll the RotoExperts staff of writers and analysts to get their sleeper candidates for the upcoming Fantasy Football season, a little thing we call Sleeping With The Staff. This year, two of our writers actually believe in a guy from the Oakland Raiders of all teams, but it may not be the running back you’d expect. There are also clashing opinions on the running back situation in New Orleans.
|Kyle Soppe||Shonn Greene||Bishop Sankey is exponentially better at football than Greene, but that doesn't always pay the Fantasy bills. Look for Greene to maintain a limited role, but one that has Fantasy upside. In the worst case, Greene is a vulture, and in the best case, he pushes Sankey for a time-share. Either way, that's tremendous value for his current ADP.|
|George Kurtz||Trent Richardson||He just has to be better than he was last season, doesn't he? Defenses will be concentrating on stopping Andrew Luck and the passing offense, leaving Richardson with a lot of room to roam. A low end RB2 for me, but with upside.|
|Jake Ciely||Pierre Thomas||Khiry Robinson is not a viable reason to worry about Thomas. After all, Thomas finished as the 23rd RB in standard leagues and 16th in PPR leagues last year with Darren Sproles in the mix. Thomas will top 1,000 total yards again, which will bring him near RB2 value, and with a low-30s ADP, that's terrific value.|
|Bobby McMann||Latavius Murray||With only injury-prone RBs Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew ahead of him on the depth chart, Murray's time could be here before training camp is over (only half-kidding). That is, if Murray, who missed his entire rookie season with an injury, can stay healthy himself. He has the size, strength and speed to be a RB2 if pressed into duty. Stay patient.|
|Michael Florio||Devonta Freeman||Steven Jackson was already an injury risk, now that he has another hamstring injury that could have him miss all of training camp, it looks more and more like Freeman will have an opportunity to steal the job, or at least some carries. The hard running Freeman has the potential to blossom into a three down back, as he has good hands in the passing game and just needs to work on his blocking. If Jackson does not return to action until Week 1 it is not out of the question to see a bulk of the carries go to Freeman early on.|
|Adam Ronis||Khiry Robinson||The Saints backfield is crowded as usual, but Robinson is in store for a bigger workload. In the final three games, including two playoff games, Robinson had 33 carries for 152 yards and a TD. He's difficult to tackle and has good speed and strength.|
|Scott Engel||Latavius Murray||Darren McFadden is obviously brittle, and MJD has seen better days; Murray has upside.|
|Sarah Bojarski||Andre Ellington||In a league where there are a ton of timeshare situations, look for Ellington to have the majority of carries over Stepfan Taylor. The Cardinals want him to be their bell cow back, and there is a belief that he can handle that kind of workload. He's not going to be an overnight stud, but his value looks to be greater than his ADP suggests.|
|Pat Mayo||Dexter McCluster||Multi-position eligibility (in most places) and set up to see 80 plus targets in Ken Whisenhunt offense. Instead of taking Sproles or Woodhead in PPR, just wait on Dex until the end.|
|Evan Tarracciano||Terrance West||While prepping for the 2014 NFL Draft (which I covered live from Radio City) I watched a good deal of tape on each of the running backs that were selected in this draft. Pound for pound, no one was more impressive for me than West. Despite playing at a smaller school (Towson), he demonstrated surprising elusiveness and burst for a larger back. Ben Tate isn't a pillar of health, and rumors are already swirling during training camp that West will get more carries than previously expected. I'm a believer.|
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