Charles Murphy

Rookie RB Sleepers: Handcuffs With Upside

Created on Jun. 21, 2013 4:12 AM EST

With rookie running backs being drafted at alarmingly high ADPs such as Montee Ball (32) LeVeon Bell (41) and Eddie Lacy (54), there are players that will be available in the later rounds that could prove to be valuable assets, and at the worst, needed handcuffs for injury-prone veterans. When drafting, we all understand the basic logic of drafting talented “stud” running backs, and when we draft players like Jamaal Charles, CJ Spiller, Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden, we do it knowing there is major injury risk, but we continue to keep drafting these players. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, it’s one of the most exciting things to watch in football, when that player breaks a huge run and your team goes from hopeless to a winner in a matter of seconds. I'm not saying that other positions aren’t important, but your fantasy running backs can be true game changers. The position of running back in the NFL is not that much different than the position played in college for these players. It’s not like wide receiver where there are multiple routes to learn and timing to establish with the quarterback. The proof of this was seen last year in NFL rookies of Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and Alfred Morris. Then with the frequent injuries at the position, David Wilson and Bryce Brown were given opportunities late in the season and did not disappoint. The game is changing, so get ready for these young talented athletes to make a huge impact on the NFL and on your fantasy teams. Lets take a look at some of the late round running backs that provide substantial value in upcoming drafts. ADPs (Average Draft Positions) were taken from as data from the last four weeks in 12 team PPR re-draft mocks.

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