Our 2017 Running Back Sleepers, for PPR:
Terrence West – He ran well last year when given the opportunity, and he should be the main guy running the ball for the Ravens this year. At his ADP, West is a low end RB2 that you can steal.
Darren Sproles – He is overlooked and undervalued in his ADP. You can get him in the 12-14th rounds of most drafts. Worst case he is a quality spot starter who will get you points each week with his receptions. Best case he has some upside to low end RB2 status – especially if Blount proves to be ineffective.
Dion Lewis – You never know how Bill is going to use his running backs. Lewis can be had late in drafts and is only one year removed from being a stud when on the field. He’s well worth a late round flyer. With no injuries, he could step out of the crowded backfield as the best fantasy option. Should James White go down, he would certainly become a weekly startable option.
Jeremy Hill – He’s being overlooked in all drafts, oftentimes being drafted after the other two Cinci RB’s. He’s not flashy, but he will be the back with the most fantasy points in Cinci when the season is done.
Matt Forte – Available in round 8 or 9 Forte is well worth a gamble. He will be the lead back as long as he is healthy. While many prefer Powell, I prefer Forte.
Damien Williams – Ajayi is dealing with a concussion already. Should he go down, Williams will be the guy to step up. Even if Ajayi stays healthy, Williams will be useful enough to be a bye week replacement or emergency spot starter.
Wayne Gallman – No one is talking about this guy, but should Perkins Struggle, which I think is highly likely, Gallman could well wrest the number 1 RB job from him with his tough running.
DeAndre Washington – The Raiders brought in Lynch, but he has not played football in almost two full seasons. Even if he stays healthy, Washington will get his fair share of carries as well as receptions. Should Lynch get injured, Washington would be in line to be the main back behind one of the best offensive lines in football.