If you’re in a deep fantasy football draft, you need to do just a little more homework. Plus, you can’t trust the platform rankings as much as other owners. Here’s a list of running backs you’ll want to throw into your queue once you get to the later rounds.
If you’re in a deep league, you might be a forgotten owner in the grand scheme of things. Most of the sites tend to cater to the 10- and 12-team owners because those types of leagues account for the vast majority of the fantasy football landscape. Because of that, the deep sleepers may not be accounted for and tweaked after the preseason buzz.
If you’re not fully prepared for your draft, chances are you’ll be scrolling down once your draft gets to 150 or so. Well, how about having a list before you draft? If you can stock your queue heading into the late rounds, you can make your picks with less panic. You can look at other owners’ needs and see who might fall rather than trying to find your guy.
Running backs, for about the 30th season in a row, are the most coveted players in deeper leagues. You’re really going to be need to lock down that position early on, but sometimes even the best plans can go wrong. Here are some running backs you can find after 200 on the big platforms (Yahoo! rank, ESPN rank):
Zac Stacy, New York Jets (228, 231) – Yes, Chris Ivory is the No. 1 back and is a solid RB2, but Stacy is the clear No. 2. Stevan Ridley is out for a long time and Ivory is a bit injury-prone. The Jets offensive line is solid, too.
Josh Robinson, Indianapolis Colts (2357, 227) – We all know Frank Gore can’t stay healthy and it looks like Dan Herron’s days are done. Robinson does have a concussion right now, but Herron (shoulder) and Vick Ballard (hamstring) are also hurt. Gore better stay healthy.
Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints (265) – If Mark Ingram gets hurt, Robinson could be an RB2. Yes, C.J. Spiller is there, but Robinson would get most of the early-down work.
Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (for now?) (275) – If the Cowboys pick him up, he’s worth a stash. Darren McFadden can’t stay healthy and Joseph Randle is a question mark.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (1848) – He might be an RB3 in the first two weeks sans Le’Veon Bell (suspension).
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore Ravens (1860) – He’s the backup and Buck Allen was awful in the preseason.
Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (2370) – I would draft him in a strong 12-team league.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (2415) – He’s explosive and we all know about Jonathan Stewart’s injury woes.
Lance Dunbar, Dallas Cowboys (2529) – He’s a sneaky PPR pickup.
ESPN was actually pretty solid and they moved the back sleepers up for the most part. This is important to remember if you’re in a deep ESPN league.