Fantasy Football Draft 2016: Running Back (RB) Sleeper Picks
RB Sleepers for the 2016 Fantasy Football Draft
August 15, 2016
It’s fantasy football draft time in the 2016 season, and that means we owners will be poring over the numbers and potential sleeper picks in the late rounds of our drafts. Let’s start out by taking a look at a few sleeper picks out there at running back, so that when you’re on the clock you’ll know where you’d like to go.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins: Lots of things have been said this off-season about Ajayi’s knee issues, but for the most part there’s some real value here despite the injury risk. The upside here is that Ajayi will get plenty of looks this season, and in a much-improved division that’s pretty good news.
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Ajayi is listed as first on the depth chart this season in front of veteran Arian Foster, which is a nice spot to be. He’s coming off just 49 rushes for 187 yards last year and should be plenty fresh going into the season.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals: As long as you don’t get crazy reaching for Bernard, he’s a nice sleeper play in 2016 at RB. Tyler Eifert will be gone for a few months following foot surgery, and though the team has been playing coy about what that will mean for the offense, it can’t be bad for Bernard.
Bernard is better when the Bengals are down, which they should be quite a bit this year. Don’t let the shadow of Jeremy Hill scare you off too badly here, but stay motivated when Bernard is on the board. Hopefully his workload will increase closer to that magic 200 rush mark this year with around 50 catches.
DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders: Washington is getting a lot of attention heading into the season, and is being tagged as a big-play specialist for Oakland. He should see a lot of work moving into the passing game with the Raiders and could post a few big plays per game that will bolster your fantasy stats.
With Latavius Murray on a bit of a downslope, it’s time for guys like Washington to step in and offer at least change-of-pace duties that could swing the scope of any game.
Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis Colts: This one is quite a reach, but deeper-leaguers needing a late-round lottery ticket should pay attention. Looking at the RB situation in Indianapolis, we’ve got a rapidly-aging Frank Gore and a hit-and-miss Robert Turbin. Behind him is Ferguson, whom the coaching staff really seems to like.
Ferguson could find some success behind an improved offensive line here, and if he can get some change-of-pace experience behind him, he could easily become part of a three-headed back system.
Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys: If you’re trying to pick up the last vestiges of scraps from an RB with his career on the downswing, Morris is your guy. With Ezekiel Elliot and Darren McFadden alongside him on the depth chart, he’ll have to push for carries, but with a little luck (injury or otherwise) he could offer some late-round value for owners wanting to take a chance.
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