By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on August 25, 2014
Anything can happen in a fantasy football draft. A big run of running backs could hit right before your pick, which is why it's important to know which sleepers to target as a backup plan. Here are the top five running back sleepers.
The Tennessee Titans were the first team to select a running back in the NFL draft, but that doesn't mean they have to use him. Bishop Sankey's ADP is somehow at 55 despite the fact that he is third on the depth chart behind Greene and Dexter McCluster. Greene may not be the most exciting pick, but he is a solid runner behind a solid offensive line. Sankey's shaky hands and inexperience equal touches for Greene.
Tate will be the go-to guy behind a quality offensive line in Cleveland. He flourished in the Houston Texans' zone blocking scheme, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will employ that style with the Browns this season. Tate has the skills to be a top-10 fantasy back. His only knock is an inability to stay healthy, as he's never played all 16 games in a season. He may require a handcuff, but his high ceiling makes him worth it.
Ellington is an explosive playmaker who should get his chance to shine in 2014. The Arizona Cardinals boosted their offensive line in the offseason, and the coaching staff plans to give him 20-25 touches per game. There are concerns that his undersized body may not hold up, but let's wait to see a pattern of that before we knock him for it.
This one is for the big-time gamblers. Jackson was overvalued in a major way in 2013 fantasy drafts, but now he has dropped to a much more realistic place. He is a definite injury risk, but he will be ready for Week 1. When he is in the lineup, he is the Atlanta Falcons' guy. If he stays healthy, he will be a major steal.
Miller is going to have to fight off Knowshon Moreno for touches, but Moreno's lingering knee problem could make the fight pretty easy. The Miami Dolphins' line is not the ridiculous mess it was last season. Miller is an explosive playmaker who hasn't had much of an opportunity to prove himself yet, and he is currently No. 1 on the depth chart.
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