Don’t Get Caught Napping on These Running Back “Sleepers”

Fantasy drafts are around the corner and fantasy owner have their eyes on a few sleepers that could make or break their teams. Many fantasy players will role the dice and plug in a sleeper pick that could pay big dividends or leave them out in the cold.  

Others will draft a sleeper just to see how they pan out early in the season. Here’s a list of four running back sleepers that might provide that added spark to lead your team to the promised land. 

Ryan Mathews, Chargers

The Chargers had high hopes when they drafted Ryan Mathews in the first round of the 2010 draft.  He has only reached the 1,000 yard mark once during his three year career.  When healthy, Mathews actually produces solid fantasy numbers. Mathews had a very strong preseason and has plenty to prove coming into his fourth year as a pro.

Mathews is fantastic flex play in 10 or 12 team leagues and he’s a great filler for your other running backs who leave you hanging during a bye-week. Get him on your team and plug him into your lineup while he’s healthy. He can definitely help you pick up a few wins this year. 

Andre Brown, Giants

Andre Brown is viewed as the number two option in New York by many experts as they predict that David Wilson will have a breakout year.  While Wilson has world class speed,  he’s an injury risk and will certainly find himself in Coach Tom Coughlin’s dog house if he can’t hang onto the ball.

Brown will most likely plugged into the game on third downs to help pass protect. This should earn him some additional catches as a check down option and he be getting the majority of the work inside the 20 yard line. Brown put up big numbers last year until he broke his leg during Week 12 against the Packers.

With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 91, he’s an absolute steal in the 9th round of a 10 team league. Don’t be surprised if Brown puts up double digit touchdowns this year.

DeAngelo Williams, Panthers

DeAngelo Williams is a deep sleeper but should get the bulk of the carries this season with Jonathan Stewart already sidelined with injuries. If Williams can stay healthy, he should be able to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark and could be a nice Flex start in deeper leagues.

Fred Jackson, Bills 

Fred Jackson will be backing up C.J. Spiller this year but he’s still a productive back that will compliment and handcuff C.J Spiller through out the season.  Jackson has great hands and was putting up decent numbers before he ran into injury problems last year.  If you have C.J. Spiller, Jackson is a must have this year.  Even without Spiller on your roster, Jackson may have some trade value and will put up solid numbers in PPR leagues.


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