13 Deep Sleepers at Running Back

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 lain a fantasy draft). In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look deeper than the Top 150 and identify players that should significantly outperform their late draft position. These players should be your targets after the 12th round of your draft.

Player Receiving 4 Votes

Mike Davis, Chicago

Will Grant: For about five minutes, Mike Davis and Tarik Cohen were Chicago’s version of Thunder and Lightning this season. Then the Bears drafted David Montgomery and Davis disappeared from everyone’s draft board. Maybe Montgomery steps into the #2 slot behind Cohen, but rookie running backs sometimes stumble out of the gate. The Bears signed Davis hoping he’s fill in for Jordan Howard. If Davis continues to build on his 2018 season or Montgomery struggles making the transition to the NFL, Davis will be excellent value as a late-round flyer pick.

Andy Hicks: When 50 running backs are being taken ahead of a guy that is likely to start for an NFL team on opening weekend, you know you have a value selection. There will be all kinds of talk about the third-round rookie David Montgomery, but third-round rookie running backs generally have flaws that quite often take a while to correct, sometimes a season or two. That makes the free-agent addition by Chicago of Mike Davis incredibly important. Davis was strong for Seattle last year when required and his dependable production will be vital for the start of the season. We’ve seen numerous times, like Ronald Jones last year in Tampa Bay, where a rookie just cannot get it together and the veteran plays all year. Davis could be one of those guys in 2019.

Jeff Pasquino: While everyone is wondering how the Bears will split their backfield duties up with three options (Davis, Tarik Cohen, and rookie David Montgomery), it is often the best idea to take the cheapest option of a two- or three-headed backfield and hope for the best. Davis is a great value as he is getting overlooked in favor of both Cohen and the rookie, but all Davis has to do to garner a significant portion of the workload is to hold off the rookie. Davis did this exact same thing when he was in Seattle, holding off Rashaad Penny, so if he can produce similar numbers in Chicago he will be a steal.

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