5 Fantasy Football Sleeper Running Backs to Draft
Fantasy football drafts will be finishing up within the week and if your’re struggling to fill your bench with some running backs who’ve got some great fantasy sleeper value, here are some guys to consider.
1. Jonathan Grimes, Running Back, Houston Texans
Grimes has been bounced about in his two short years in the NFL, however, he pretty much is the backup to The Texans’ stud running back Arian Foster. Andre Brown was recently cut, so Grimes will be there to pick up the slack should Foster, who’s coming off of back surgery suffer any mishaps.
Grimes was impressive so far in the preseason, so he makes for a potentially viable late round pick to stash should he be called to duty or just to relieve Foster periodically.
Jonathan Grimes finished drive with 1-yard TD to give Texans a 7-3 lead with 8:23 left in the first half. A solid drive by Texans.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 24, 2014
2. Lance Dunbar, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
We all know that the Cowboys’ primary running back, DeMarco Murray is prone to injuries, so the name Lance Dunbar should be in the back of your mind come draft day Murray is not a 300-plus carry type of guy and barely suffices as a 200-carry running back, so if the Cowboys want to keep the running game thriving, they could turn to Dunbar to relive some of the burden placed on Murray. If Murray misses any time, Dunbar will be the guy to own.
3. Terrance West, Running Back, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns just found out that their star wide receiver, Josh Gordon has been suspended for a full year. Gordon’s suspension ups the fantasy stock on the Browns’ running backs, Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West. With the Browns’ air game basically down the toilet, Tate will likely be the workhorse, but will need to be relieved so he stays healthy. Enter West, who already looks to be poised to share some carries. He’s worth drafting as an RB4 to call upon when needed.
Fantasy reaction to the Browns: don't draft any Browns not named Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate of Terrance West. Wait and see on Austin/Hawkins.
— Bill Dubiel (@Roto_Dubs) August 27, 2014
4. Andre Williams, Running Back, New York Giants
Completely new to the Giants are running back Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams. Obviously, Jennings will be featured in the lead role, however, Williams has been impressive in the preseason and looks to gain field time on goal-line work. Worth a late-round pick, Williams may even suffice as a flex play depending on how his role unfolds throughout the season.
5. Devonta Freeman, Running Back Atlanta Falcons
Freeman may come to the rescue at some point in the season due to the fact that the whole Steven Jackson experiment has totally not paid off. Jackson has crossed the 30-year-old mark and the signs are apparent with his nagging hamstring issue and his exhausted-looking performance last season.
There’s a reason the Falcons drafted a running back, and if Jackson keeps taking steps backwards, Freeman will see additional time on the field, which warrants him a later-round draft pick for your fantasy roster.
Devonta Freeman is just BEGGING to be on my fantasy team! #HardKnocks
— DJ Macondo (@Bradynasty) August 28, 2014