Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Running Back (RB) Sleepers
2015-08-23 11:00:00 EDT
In honor of the 2015 fantasy football draft season, we’ve been checking out some of the trending sleepers out there at each position. Today it’s time for running backs, which is an intriguing spot to say the least.
There are very few big-name reliable RBs out there, so chances are you’ll have to rely on a relatively unproven talent for your Nos. 2-4 slots on your roster. Most of these guys you know, but they could end up giving your team some extra bang for the draft buck. Let’s check out some of the names you should be looking for when it’s your turn on the clock.
Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens: Forsett isn’t exactly a secret coming into the fantasy season. He’ll likely be drafted around No. 25 or so overall in your draft, which makes him a third-rounder and an RB2/flex.
That said, we think he’ll have another strong year for Baltimore, with workhorse numbers. Pencil him in for 1300 yards and at least a half-dozen touchdowns.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill is going in the late second round in most drafts (late teens or so), which means he’s not sneaking up on anyone either. Still, he seems like another can’t-miss prospect in fantasy.
Hill should take another step forward in workload, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him log 270 carries alone. All that should add up to around 1500 total yards with double-digit touchdowns. That’s great value in the second round.
Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Now let’s move on to some lesser-known running backs, starting with Sims. He’s a late-round pick in fantasy, normally falling around the mid-120s. That said, he should produce some nice dual-threat numbers.
Sims shouldn’t have much of a problem logging triple-digit carries for 500 yards or so. Add that in with his reception numbers, which should hover around 50, and he could end up with well over 1,000 total yards this season.
C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints: It’s hard to tell what to think of Spiller now that he’s switched teams, but we like his upside as a sleeper candidate.
He should benefit mostly with increased work catching passes out of the backfield–it wouldn’t surprise us to see him getting 50-60 grabs this season. Factor in another 100 or so carries for 500-ish yards and you’ve got a nice flex play for a bargain price.
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Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers: We really like Gordon heading into this year. He smashed college records in his final season, bagging a whopping 2,587 yards with 29 touchdowns.
Gordon should get right back to work this year in San Diego, with 200-plus carries and 40-50 receptions. He’s got the goods to be a fantasy breakout, so jump on the train while you can.
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