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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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Joe Williams, San Francisco

Sigmund Bloom: The name Shanahan can cause shudders and tics among fantasy players who dealt with Mike’s fickle ways of dealing with his running back depth chart. Kyle might be following in his dad’s footsteps, as his hand-picked back for outside zone - Williams - was put back on the 49ers board on the third day of the draft after he explained his brief retirement, followed by the best football of his career. Williams might be a better fit for Shanahan’s offense, and Shanahan probably believes that even if he isn’t a better fit than Carlos Hyde. Williams could be a wasted pick if Hyde looks as good as he did last year and translates, but the late pick is worth it so he’s on your roster when we find out what Shanahan wants to do with his backfield.


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