Fantasy Football: Top 5 RB Deep Sleepers After Preseason Week 3

Top 5 RB Deep Sleepers After Preseason Week 3

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As most NFL franchises finalize their depth charts heading into the 2014 season, the RB position becomes more clear in fantasy football. Some great value will be waiting for you in the 10th round and later into your draft if you're paying attention.

Here's a look at the top five RB deep sleepers after preseason Week 3.

5. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

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5. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

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McFadden has been letting down fantasy owners ever since his 2010 campaign with 1,157 yards and seven rushing TDs -- along with 47 receptions, 507 yards and three passing TDs in just 13 games. He hasn't produced when healthy, but in fairness, the Raiders' offenses have been dreadful overall the last few seasons. McFadden's a steal in the 10th or 11th round, especially in PPR settings.

4. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

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4. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

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Ingram is currently projected to be the Saints' starting RB in 2014, and he will get every chance to prove that he indeed was worth trading up for in the 2011 draft with a breakout campaign. There's a feeling that Khiry Robinson will take a fair amount of carries away from Ingram, but Ingram will undoubtedly get the majority of goal line looks due to his size and bruising style. Drafting any franchise's RB1 in the 10th round is always a steal.

3. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

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3. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

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At 31 years old, Williams will never resemble the player who led the league with 20 total TDs in 2008, but he's clearly being overlooked nationally evidenced by his early 10th-round ADP. Williams is hurt by Mike Tolbert, in particular, who cuts into his goal line carries somewhat, but he should still push 900 yards and six TDs, which is more than adequate value for where he's being drafted.

2. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

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2. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

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Davis did not receive a ton of opportunities during his 2013 rookie campaign (70 carries) playing behind the best RB in the NFL in Jamaal Charles, but 2014 will be quite different considering the Chiefs recognize they overworked their starter last season, and he ended up with a significant injury in the playoffs. Expect Davis to get closer to 120 opportunities in 2014, and he's a great handcuff for Charles owners or an RB4.

1. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

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1. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

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With Knowshon Moreno now in Miami, Hillman is the favorite to hold the Broncos' RB2 role all season and if he does, he is going to produce in droves. Peyton Manning's running backs will always be stellar fantasy options since opposing defenses concede the run as an afterthought to focus on Manning. Hillman is a better option in the passing game than many realize as well, and he's always one Manning 'Omaha' away from breaking for a big play.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.


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