NFL Fantasy: RB Sleepers

By Travis Taylor
Aug. 25, 2016

Another week has past which means your another week closer to your Fantasy Draft. If your like me and like to inundate yourself with information.Here's some more info for you to set your eyes on. This week I'm profiling four running backs that you can target in the middle to late rounds, or even the waiver wire but could still be effective contributors. 

Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers - Many believed last season that Hyde would be a good sleeper candidate. A lingering foot injury caused Hyde to only play in seven games, in those games he amassed 470 YDS, 3 TD's on 115 ATT. If Hyde was able to suit up and stay healthy for the full season he easily would have surpassed 1,000 YDS and 5+ TD's. With an improved offensive line and an explosive Chip Kelly offense, I see him putting up those numbers this year and finishing as a top ten back.

Derrick Henry, RB, Titans - A carousel of ineffective backs patrolled the Titans backfield last season which prompted the team to make some moves in the off-season. They shored up that weakness by getting Demarco Murray and drafting Derrick Henry in the second round. Henry has looked explosive thus far this pre-season and looks like he may challnge Murray for the bulk of playing time. With Demarco's down season last year and his injury history, if he under performs early on look for the Titans to give Henry more opportunities.   

Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins - With Lamar Miller's departure in the off-season, it seemed as though Ajayi would be the starting running back for the Dolphins. The Dolphins ended up signing Arian Foster this off-season, that move will ultimately affect the work load of Ajayi. Foster is a serious injury risk and isn't the same runner he used to be, so look for Ajayi in later rounds because he will end up being the lead back for the Dolphins this year.  

Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots - In limited games last season, Lewis was one of the most explosive players in the Patriots offense. Lewis showed he was a capable runner and receiver out of the back field by averaging 4.8 YDS per carry while scoring two TD's and 10.8 YDS per REC while scoring two TD's as well. That's quite the weapon to have on a fantasy team. Unfortunately Lewis is still recovering from off-season surgery and won't be available to suit up until a few weeks into the season. In saying that, he will fall down on draft day and may even be available off the waiver wire.

Until next time,

the wiz