In the fantasy football draft, there is no more popular product than a running sleeper. Everyone wants to use two or three steals (usually rookies) to perfect their draft picks, and they will show up and take over sometime this year. Fortunately, considering the common injuries in this position, there is no shortage of breakthrough candidates. When you increase the likelihood of COVID-related absences again in 2021, you can expect that a large part of the league will start multiple RBs at different points in the season. If they get more than 15 touches per game, any substitute can be valuable, so you need to know more than just the direct handcuffs of the top 75 RB guards who rank you-you almost need to know each team’s The entire depth chart.
The following list is far from a complete list of RB sleepers in 2021 (again, any If the starting player is injured, the bench has potential), but after checking the consensus ranking and average draft position, these people stand out and become candidates for surpassing the preseason prospects. Some are obvious, such as rookies Javonte Williams, Michael Carter and Trey Sermon, while others are veterans who no longer excite too much excitement (Phillip Lindsay, Justin Jackson and Jamaal Williams). We also have some sleeping people who can start the year in the training class, but will eventually find their own playing time. They are all speculations, but considering their circumstances, we feel that they deserve special mention.
For many fantasy owners, these are the most exciting sleeper types. It is an excitement to draft or pick someone who hasn’t heard of and watched by other members of the league because he has a lot of games. However, the probability of this happening is very low. Hitting a home run with a total lottery ticket may be the epitome of sleeper success, but using an underrated committee guard to crack doubles, he can play a flexible role in most weeks, and it is quite good. Don’t sleep on the pleasure of the latter.
Basically, if a team has questions about starting RB-whether it is due to committees, injury concerns, experience, or all of the above-then it is questionable who will eventually see the most passers in the backcourt. It may become an unconcerned person now, but you can’t really prepare for it now. All you can do is study the unstable situation and know who the next person is.
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Javonte Williams, Broncos. Williams will compete with veteran Melvin Gordon to touch the ball, but even if the talented rookie does not start in the first week, he has more long-term potential due to his explosive power. In his last season in North Carolina, Williams had a total of 1,445 yards and 22 touchdowns, while averaging 7.9 yards per touch. The Broncos offense has a lot of talent, but there are also a lot of question marks. If the coaching staff allows, Williams can become a stable force. It would be foolish to completely cancel the 28-year-old Gordon. His total yards last year was 1,144 yards, 4.6 yards/pass and 10 TDs, but Denver selected Williams in the second round for some reason.
Gus Edwards, Ravens. Everyone is excited about JK Dobbins this year—it’s a matter of course—but don’t sleep on Edwards. In his three seasons, he has passed at least 700 yards each season and averaged at least 5.0 yards/pass, so you know he will play a role on the court. With the departure of Mark Ingram, his production path is more open. He may not get a double-digit reception, but if Edwards finally gets more touches than Dobbins and plays in the backcourt of the Ravens, it won’t be shocking. Either way, he was underestimated in the draft. Think of Edwards as Dobbins’s 1A and 1B, not just traditional handcuffs.
Michael Carter, the jet. Carter is competing dribbling with Tevin Coleman and La’Mical Perine, but after they averaged 1.9 and 3.6 yards per dribble respectively last year, it’s hard to believe the two. Carter played 1,000 consecutive yards in North Carolina, and in his last season, averaged 8.0 yards per goal. He is the most explosive player in the New York backcourt and should eventually see the most touches. If Coleman and Perine get most of the dribble, they have room for improvement, but Carter, even at 5-8 pounds, 201 pounds, is still a backcourt supporter.
Philip Lindsay, Texan. David Johnson had an unexpected rebound season last year, totaling 1,005 yards and 8 touchdowns, while averaging a career-high 4.7 yards per pass in 12 games. Even so, the Texans chose Lindsey during the offseason, and fantasy bosses shouldn’t ignore him. Lindsay’s career began in a back-to-back 1,000-yard season, and then struggled in an injury-ridden 2020. Lindsay’s career average passing distance is still 4.8 yards per game. Despite his size (5-8,190 pounds), he is a tough insider. Johnson may start as Houston’s starter this season, but considering his injury history and age (29 years old), Lindsay may surpass him at the end of the season. Don’t let Lindsay fall too far behind Johnson in the draft.
Jamal Williams, lion. Williams has been very stable during his four years with the Packers, but he rarely played outside of the occasional good games. Now in Detroit, he will once again play a complementary role (behind DeAndre Swift), but the Lions have a strong offensive line and rarely play for them in receiving games. This should bring more opportunities for Williams, whether as a base runner or a catcher. Williams may need Swift’s injury to really leave, but he has the ability to exceed his ADP and has flexibility every week, at least in the PPR format.
AJ Dillon, packer. When a person’s height is 6-0, he weighs 247 pounds, and both “Quadfather” and “Quadzilla” are listed on his list PFR page As a nickname, you want to give him all your attention. Dillon didn’t make many appearances as a third-line rookie last year, but he averaged 5.3 yards per run in a limited amount of action, and he was out in a game where he did get a major touch. He scored 21-124-2 for the Week 16 match. Tennessee game. With the departure of Jamal Williams, Dillon took over the main substitute role of Aaron Jones, so he has been prepared for more than 120 times. At last year’s pace, this would produce about 700 yards of rushing and 5 to 6 TDs. Even as a substitute, the talented Dillon has more potential. If anything happens to Jones, please pay attention. Dillon will immediately compete for the top 10 consideration.
Tony Pollard, cowboy. Pollard played well in his first two seasons, averaging 4.8 yards per game and showing solid receiving skills. When Ezekiel Elliott was out in Week 15, Pollard had the upper hand, ran 12 times for 69 yards and scored twice against the 49ers. As Elliott has had a sluggish year, we are wondering if Pollard will see more touches, and in Dallas’ high-intensity offense, even 10 touches per game Will bring him elastic value. If Elliott is injured, Pollard’s value will really take off. If you choose Elliott, be prepared to pay more for Pollard, because he is also the type of substitute that other bosses will draft in the mid-round.
Trey Sermon, 49ers. Sermon did well in his college careers at Oklahoma State and Ohio State University, but he kept his best performance in last year’s top 10 championships and Sugar Bowl, rushing for a total of 524 yards and 3 touchdowns, and at the same time An additional 65 yard catches were added in 7 catches. Sermon, who is 6-1 and weighs 215 pounds, ran 4.57 yards and 40 yards without any other measurable metric that is amazing, but you know that if he gets consistent touches in the 49ers system, he will be very good. Efficient. Raheem Mostert will not stay healthy, even if he stays healthy, we know that San Francisco will use multiple ball carriers. Wayne Garman may want more than any of us want, but the sermon still has huge breakthrough potential.
Justin Jackson, the charger. Jackson is likely to be laid off, because he has a good year, so proceed with caution here. In other words, the Chargers need a real “lead” to supplement receiving ace Austin Eckler, and last year’s popular rookie sleeper Joshua Kelly repeatedly suffered an injury (3.2 yards/dribble) when Eckler was injured. Attempts to take over as the leader failed. Maybe Kelly would rebound and finish first in the 1B job, but Jackson surpassed him last year (he did not miss seven games due to toe, quadriceps and knee injuries) ). In a season similar to his rookie season, Jackson averaged 4.6 yards per game (professional 4.9 yards) and passed 19 times from a distance of 173 yards. It’s hard to get too excited about Jackson, but some people think this backcourt will appear. If it weren’t for Jackson or Kelly, then you would see sixth-round rookie Larry Longtree III, who has performed well in Mizzou’s career (5.0 yards/carry, 40 TDs). Now, we will stand by the side of the veterans.
Ramndrey Stevenson, Patriot. The 6-0, 231-pound Stevenson is likely to appear on the inactive list at the beginning of the season (after all, he is the Patriots RB), but if he can enter the lineup, he has room for improvement. The Patriots are notorious for their RB mischief, and although Damien Harris looks like “the man” in New England, no one would be surprised that Stevenson started stealing the ball or being used as a goal line hammer. Stevenson averaged 7.2 yards/passes and scored 13 TDs in 19 professional games for Oklahoma. He even showed with 18 catches and 211 yards in 6 games last year. Some catch passes. He showed the kind of unique skills that Bill Belichick likes to use, so fantasy owners should put him on their watch list.
Xavier Jones/Jack Fink, the Rams. Does anyone really believe that Darrell Henderson can continue the season as the return of the Rams? Maybe he will – or the Lakers will sign veterans like Le’Veon Bell or Todd Gurley – but before they choose anyone else, Jones and the seventh-round draft pick are the most likely candidates to attract carry. Funk is 5-10 tall, weighs 204 pounds, and has a speed of 4.49, which is similar to Jones (5-11, 208 pounds, 4.54), but faster, but Jones’s career at SMU is much more efficient than Funk’s in Maryland . None of these guards really stood out, but they hope to get shots in the game time at the beginning of the year.
Javian Hawkins/Caleb Huntley, Falcon. Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson are currently at the top of Atlanta’s RB depth map. Does anyone believe that they can last throughout the year in these places? After them, you have Qadree Allison, who also has some sleepy buzzing at times, but only one offense in total in three games last year. Having said that, we will not make some latent choices here, and focus on the rookie free agents Huntley and Hawkins. The former is a 5-10, 229-pound heavy boxer. He scored 18 TDs in 15 games in the last two seasons of Ball State. Huntley is 5-9 and weighs 196 pounds. In two seasons in Louisville, he ran 2,347 rushing yards, 20 catches, 185 yards catches and 17 total touchdowns. If given the chance, they can form a solid Raiden duo, but for now, Hawkins is more interesting due to his versatility and speed.