Best 2019 Fantasy Football Running Back Sleepers
The NFL is becoming a pass-crazy league, but don’t forget about the running backs in your fantasy league. These guys are often what spells the difference between success and utter embarrassment of your fantasy team.
With that said, Nitrogen Sports Blog presents three fantasy football running back sleepers for 2019 you could take in the later rounds but have tremendous upside and current value according to their current Average Draft Positions.
Miles Sanders (Philadelphia Eagles)
2018 Stats: No NFL stats in 2018
The Eagles have a crowded backfield that features Corey Clement, Josh Adams, and Wendell Smallwood as holdovers from last season and joined this offseason by the pair of veteran Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders.
With so many mouths to feed, it’s interesting why Philly burned a second-round pick to get Sanders. Outside of Howard, no Eagles running back has actually proven himself as someone close to being a dependable option in the backfield for a long stretch.
That also means that Sanders will be given a chance to show what he’s got and why he’s a worthy option over the other backup tailbacks — thus his spot on this fantasy football running back sleepers 2019 list — especially if something were to happen to Howard. The ceiling is higher for Sanders than what most people think.
Rashaad Penny (Seattle Seahawks)
2018 Stats: 85 carries, 419 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Back in February, Seahawks head coach Peter Carroll called Chris Carson and Penny as ‘one-two punch’ of the team’s backfield, per Herbie Teope of NFL.com. While we don’t advise trusting anything Carroll says when it comes to his players’ usage outlook, this is something that could be an exception because Carson and Penny are practically all they got in the backfield.
JD McKissic and CJ Prosise are mere insurance on the Seahawks’ backfield depth chart. Carson is going to have a big year ahead of him, as he’s PPR value has skyrocketed following the departures of Doug Baldwin and Mike Davis, who had 84 receptions between them in 2018, but there will also be some trickling down Penny’s lap.
Most importantly, Penny (also a popular fantasy football running back sleepers pick in 2018) is a Carson-injury away from becoming usage-monster for the Seahawks.
Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings)
2018 Stats: No NFL stats in 2018
Dalvin Cook remains as the top dog in the Vikings’ backfield. When he’s healthy, Cook will deliver the yards and the fantasy points. But the problem with Cook is that he’s body often betrays him and his owners, particularly those who didn’t handcuff him. Enter Mattison, whom we think of as one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football.
See, Cook has appeared in fewer games (15) than those he missed (17) over the span of his first two years in the league. It’s hard to trust Cook playing in all 16 games. The Vikings might also think it’s a wise decision to cut down on his workload and give the rest to Mattison, who was taken off the board in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
In a show of trust in this fantasy football running back sleepers lists favorite, the Vikings gave Mattison a team-leading nine carries in their 35-24 preseason win over the New Orleans Saints and turned them into 30 rushing yards. He also added a touchdown reception.
Preseason games can only tell us so much, but it’s good to see the Vikings’ offense trusting Mattison in a competitive setting.
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