Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Running Back (RB) Sleeper Picks
The Top RB Sleeper Picks in the 2017 Fantasy Football Draft
August 30, 2017
With the return of the fantasy football season in 2017, we’ve been checking out the draft from a few different angles. Today it’s time to start visiting with a few sleeper opportunities, and first up is the RB slot. We’ve already seen a couple of notable running back names go down, so it’s always a good idea to target a few low-end lottery plays in your draft. Here are a few guys to think about in the later rounds.
Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens: Danny Woodhead is getting a lot of press in fantasy circles about being a potential breakout RB, but West should be on your radar as well. He should be getting more carries this season and may settle in to the first- and second-down option for Baltimore.
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West is also a decent lower-end guy in PPR leagues, as he caught 34 balls for 236 yards and a TD last season. Target him as an RB3 with the potential to be a solid fill-in or even a starter.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks: Even with Eddie Lacy in town now, Rawls seems to have a fix on the No. 1 RB job in Seattle. He’s been solid when healthy over the past couple of years, but that’s always going to be a concern here.
Still, Rawls is worth picking up if you’re hopeful he can remain at 100 percent. His ADP is pretty low and you can get him at a reasonable price.
Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers: The Packers have been forced to retool their running game to take some of the burden off Aaron Rodgers, and Williams should benefit from that. Not too many people are very confident in Ty Montgomery, so this makes sense.
Williams put up 234 carries for 1375 yards and 12 scores at BYU in 2016, and also caught a handful of passes.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: Stewart has looked very good at times over this preseason, and if that translates into real-game viability, he could have a bigger year than expected.
Stewart may even morph into a red-zone option since the Panthers are trying to keep Cam Newton out of harm’s way. A couple hundred touches for Stewart this year seems reasonable.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots: Picking Patriots running backs is akin to a blindfolded dartboard throw most weeks, but Burkhead may have some legitimate value in the later rounds.
The Patriots seem to use a hot-hand approach at RB in recent years, and if Burkhead can stick to his versatility potential, he’ll become a favorite of Brady this season.
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