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Deep Sleepers: Running Backs

The Footballguys staff digs deep for sleepers at running back

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. This article specifically targets deep sleeper value (players that can be found very late in a fantasy draft). In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look deeper than the top 150 players and identify players that should significantly outperform their late draft position. These players should be your targets after the 12th round of your draft.

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Player Receiving 10 Votes

Christine Michael, Seattle

Sigmund Bloom: Michael has had "an awakening" this offseason, earning praise from coaches and teammates about his approach to the game. His talent never went to sleep, but he had trouble earning playing time and eventually played his way off of three teams before Seattle re-signed him near the end of last season. Starter Thomas Rawls will be eased back in early coming off of ankle surgery, which will give Michael a chance to earn a season-long role and carry a high injury upside ceiling if Rawls goes down again.

Mike Brown: There are some players that fantasy owners just simply cannot quit. For me, that player is Christine Michael. I've probably drafted him in one league or another every year of his career, thinking THIS will be the year. And to this point, it has never been. But THIS will be the year!

Ryan Hester: The once-hyped (and now being hyped again) prospect has been cut by multiple teams but circled back to Seattle, his initial NFL home. So far this preseason, he has been the recipient of praise saying he’s in shape and re-focused as a player. Between his running hot thus far in the preseason and Thomas Rawls’ ankle injury, Michael should continue to be the primary backup in Seattle, making him a Rawls injury/aggravation away from being the top back on a run-heavy offense. That’s worth a late-round dart throw.