Finding sleeper fantasy football running backs can be a tall task in fantasy football circles, as many NFL teams love to utilize a committee approach.
Some players on this list have a clear path to regular snaps, while others need some bounces to go their way to see more than marginal playing time.
Draft these sleeper fantasy football running backs
Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins – Everyone has forgotten about Kelley, who averaged 4.2 yards a tote a year ago and found the end zone seven times (six rush, one receive). He’s healthier and more focused this year; and it looks like he has locked up the No. 1 role, but he’ll give way to others in passing situations. He’s a perfect RB3 entering the year with room to improve.
C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks – This second-year back only was active for six games last year, but is a dual-threat in rushing and receiving. He averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per carry last season, with his only touchdown coming from 72 yards out. With the backfield in flux, Prosise should – in worst case – see plenty of action in passing situations.
Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins – Drake averaged 5.4 yards per carry last year in limited duty and showed he was a decent receiver out of the backfield, too. The Dolphins, under Adam Gase, intend to focus more on the ground game this year. Lots of fantasy players are jumping on the Jay Ajayi train, but I’m not a fan. Drake is just an Ajayi injury or sputter away from the starting job, which he could shine in.
Joe Williams, San Francisco 49ers – This is about opportunities to come. Carlos Hyde is oft-injured. Tim Hightower is just a guy who over-achieved recently. Williams is powerful at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, has good speed and field vision. He’s a choice of the team’s new brass and flashed seven carries for 60 yards rushing in his first preseason game. It’s only a matter of time before he is RB1 for the San Francisco 49ers and the team doesn’t have a lot to be excited about elsewhere on offense.
Jamaal Charles, Denver Broncos – If his body holds up, Charles will have a key role in the Denver running game, which has sputtered in recent years. C.J. Anderson has a hard time staying on the field and the Broncos added Charles for a reason – to be a sparkplug capable of making plays. He’s a late-round flier as an RB6, who could really flourish as a flex option with the right amount of snaps.