2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Running Back Sleepers

5 Running Back Sleepers

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Every year in fantasy football there is value to be found in drafts, especially in the later rounds. Here are five running backs who offer a tremendous amount of value based on where they're currently being drafted in 2014.

5. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

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5. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

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Ellington's ADP among RBs is currently right around 20th, and he has the talent and the opportunity to finish as a top-10 RB. He reminds me so much of CJ Spiller but with more power. Ellington is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands, and he's a very capable pass catching back as well. Pro Football Focus had Ellington graded as the eighth-best running back last season, and with a full workload he should get the chance to shine.

4. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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4. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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New England leads the NFL with 56 rushing touchdowns inside an opponent’s five-yard line since 2010. With LeGarrette Blount gone -- assuming he doesn't once again fall into Belichick's doghouse -- most of those goal line opportunities this season should go to Ridley. Ridley is just one year removed from a 1,263-yard, 12-touchdown season, and he was still good last year when he wasn't fumbling. He should be poised to really bounce back in 2014.

3. David Wilson, New York Giants

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3. David Wilson, New York Giants

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If you already have three or four running backs with a safe floor and are looking for a late-round lottery ticket, David Wilson is probably you're guy. His skills are too tantalizing to pass up late in a draft, he's coming into the season fully healthy and Rashad Jennings is the only person standing in the way of Wilson having a major role in the Giants' offense. Wilson comes with plenty of risk, but the payoff could be huge.

2. Bryce Brown, Buffalo Bills

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2. Bryce Brown, Buffalo Bills

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CJ Spiller was banged up all last season, and Fred Jackson is another year older. It's not too crazy to imagine a scenario where Brown is the Bills' starting running back at some point this season. The Bills gave up a decent draft pick for Brown (conditional fourth-round pick that could turn into a third-rounder), so at the very least the Bills aren't going to ignore him.

1. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

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1. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals gave 220 carries to BenJarvus Green-Ellis last season, and I'm willing to bet that most of those carries go to Hill this year. Giovani Bernard is electric and he's the Bengals RB you really want to own, but Cincy appears determined to pair Gio with a bigger back which is exactly what Hill brings. Hill should get enough short-yardage scoring opportunities to at least make him useful all season, especially as a 14th-round pick.


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