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Best RB Sleepers of 2014

As fantasy drafts finish up around the nation, waiver fiends everywhere start scouring  the wire looking for the next hidden gem. RotoWriters has compiled a list of sleepers, deep sleepers, and really deep sleepers that should give every waiver wire troll something to research at work this week. Come back throughout the next week to see the list for each position.

Sleepers-Players that have underachieved previously or are in a new environment and could become fantasy relevant THIS year. These players tend to have massive upside.

Deep Sleepers– Players that are not as widely known and don’t have a direct road to fantasy relevance. More valuable in dynasty leagues.

Really Deep Sleepers– There is a good chance you don’t know these players. Dynasty players should know these names and stash them accordingly.


Running Backs


Dexter McCluster– McCluster enters Tennessee just as Ken Whisenhunt installs a new offense for the Titans. Whisenhunt know for making Danny Woodhead a fantasy starting RB last year, hopes to make the sure handed McCluster his next project.

Ronnie HillmanMontee Ball had a great chance last year to establish himself as a the number one in Denver, instead he failed to protect Payton Manning. If Ball continues to let the fragile future hall of famer take hits expect Hillman to get a heavier workload in the high powered Denver offence so long as he can hold onto the football.

Carlos Hyde- This is my favorite. Hyde is like a 16 year old kid with his hands out waiting for the keys to the car. San Francisco has been bit early by the injury bug particularly at running back. Hyde has show he is a more than capable back up to the seemingly ageless Frank Gore. Gore is entering his 10th season and the tread is starting to wear thin. In order to keep Gore full strength throughout the season the 49ers will lean on Hyde to give them 10-15 carries a game.

Other Notables:

Kyrie Robinson & Jeremy Hill


Deep Sleepers

Latavius Murray– Murray’s name is shrouded by Fantasy legends Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. These two are only a shell of their former selves and both are known to miss multiple games throughout the year. Murray’s upside is based more on his potential to get playing time rather than his abilities.

Knile Davis– As the back up to Jamaal Charles, Davis isn’t expected to be a fantasy asset. However, now that McCluster is out of town KC needs to protect their star player and only real offensive weapon in Charles. Davis should be in line to receive 8-10 touches a game and should anything happen to Jamaal, Davis becomes an automatic starter.

Jacquizz Rodgers– Word out of training camp is Jacquizz has impressed coaches so much he may be the number one on the depth chart in Atlanta by the time the season starts. That is if he can fend off the likes of Devonta Freeman and Steven Jackson. Rodgers may not be the most dynamic runner but in the pass happy offense in Atlanta he has a chance to thrive.

Other Notables:

Devonta Freeman & Christine Michael

Really Deep Sleepers

Storm Johnson- Johnson is a back up running back in Jacksonville. While no one in Jacksonville is really exciting fantasy wise, Storm showed great running ability while at UCF. Toby Gerhart has a tentative grasp on the starting roll in Jacksonville right now, but should things go south with Gerhart early it wouldn’t be shocking to see several guys get their chance to shine. Johnson is my bet to take over in this scenario.

Lorenzo Taliaferro- Taliaferro is kind of a long shot to start at any point this season, but Taliaferro has shown promise in his preseason debut and could see his number called early and often if Ray Rice finds himself averaging the same disappointing 3.1 YPC he posted last year.

Other Notables:

Ka’Deem Carey & Lache Seastrunk


That’s it. Feel free to let me know what you think below in the comments or over twitter @dsamarin11. Also you can follow me and the other writers at RotoWriters and FantasyTeamAdvice at FTA Forums.

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