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3 Fantasy Football Running Back Sleepers to Target in 2019

Read which 3 RB sleepers you MUST own in 2019!

Running backs are one of the most important positions in fantasy football and as the draft goes on it becomes much more difficult to find good running backs you can play. Every year there are some hidden gems that fantasy owners need to take advantage of. This article will outline three guys I think will be sleepers and could help you win a championship.

Kalen Ballage – Miami Dolphins (ADP 8.03)

Kalen Ballage is primed to be the starting running back for the Miami Dolphins with Kenyan Drake still currently injured. In camp Ballage has stood out and gotten praise from coaches and beat reporters. The team hasn’t looked incredible in preseason but Ballage is bound to out preform his ADP.

As you can see from the image above, Ballage’s ADP has been rising and rising quickly. Ballage is the 37th running back off the board and I cannot see a world in which he doesn’t finish above that. Due to his performance so far I think he will run away with the starting job and become the Dolphin’s full time starter. Drake last year as the starter was the 17th running back, Ballage might not be there but he will easily be top 30. Even if Drake comes back I think they will split time. Drake is in his final year of his contract and the team needs to know what they have in Ballage before the season is over.

Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills (ADP 9.10)

Backfields that are in flux is a great spot to find a running back sleeper. Buffalo’s running back situation is in flux. With all the moves the Bills have made this offseason they have shown us they don’t know which running back to go with for 2019. LeSean McCoy claims he is the teams starter, but the whispers from the bushes say that he could be cut or traded before the season starts. If this happens Frank Gore and Devin Singletary will be the main running backs.

McCoy in 2018 was awful. He averaged 3.2 yards per attempt and only had 3 touchdowns. He had a bad year. Fantasy owners were burned and did not like having him on their team. Singletary brings in youth, electricity, and a fire this team hasn’t seen in a long time at the running back position. I’m not saying he will be a top 24 running back but Kenyan Drake finished as the 17th running back in .5 ppr leagues with Gore on the team. Singletary will give you some RB 2 weeks but he will be a solid flex play most of the year.

Update

On August 31st the Buffalo Bills officially cut LeSean McCoy. Reports are that Devin Singletary will be the featured number one running back on the team. Like stated above I think he will have fantasy value and now it skyrockets. If you have not drafted take him a round early and make sure you get him. If you have drafted I advise you to pick him up of of waivers if available.

Darwin Thompson – Kansas City Chiefs (ADP 10.03)

Darwin Thompson‘s hype is growing every single day. Thompson has been improving his pass blocking and showed out in preseason and training camp. Reports are that Thompson has jumped Carlos Hyde in the depth chart, and is now the number 2 running back on the team. Damien Williams never had more then 13 rushes for the Chiefs in 2018. Williams was bailed out in most games as the starter with a touchdown. If he did not get that you were disappointed.

The Chiefs have said that Williams is the guy and then they said they will be in a running back by committee scheme at some points. Thompson as the number two has some stand alone value in deeper leagues or if you needed him in a pinch. If the Chiefs go to a RBBC then Thompson will out preform his ADP as the 47th RB off the board. If Williams gets hurt Thompson automatically becomes a top 24 running back. I strongly recommend drafting him in every league and if you have to reach a round earlier and make sure you lock him up.

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