2010 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper Running Backs
You never know when a running back will go down or lose his spot because of fumbling issues. These are not guys for your fantasy roster, rather for your memory vault in case you need them.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Arizona Cardinals
The second-year back out of Pitt caught three passes in the shootout playoff win over Green Bay. He’s buried in the Cardinals depth chart behind Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, but could see an increased workload, especially in the passing game.
Jalen Parmele, Baltimore Ravens
If Ray Rice or Willis McGahee were to go down, Parmele could step in. He has the size (5’11, 220 lbs) and speed to take over as either the lead back or the goal line guy.
Bernard Scott, Cincinnati Bengals
Scott isn’t quiet as deep a sleeper after combining for 206 yards in Week 11 & 12 last year. If Benson went down, Scott would be a very hot commodity.
James Davis, Cleveland Browns
Davis was a sleeper last year, but never really got his shot after tearing his labrum. He’s behind Jerome Harrison and rookie Montario Hardesty, but could get a shot if there were issues in Cleveland.
Deji Karim, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Maurice Jones-Drew leading the Jaguars’ attack, Deji might not get much run, especially with Rashad Jennings ahead of him on the depth chart. If MoJo did go down, it would take a committee to replace him, and Deji would certainly be included.
Albert Young, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings would likely call on rookie Toby Gerhart if Adrian Peterson went down, but Young would be in the mix. He could also serve as the third-down back, which afforded Chester Taylor decent numbers last year.
Lynell Hamilton, New Orleans Saints
With Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush ahead of him on the depth chart, Hamilton may not get many carries. That said, both PT and Bush have dealt with injuries in the past. Hamilton could fill the Mike Bell role.
Andre Brown, New York Giants
Brown’s 2009 season was lost to an Achilles injury, but if healthy, he could be in the mix this year. Brandon Jacobs is far from durable, which could speed the process up.
Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
First Dwyer will have to prove he can stay healthy. If he can, he could get a few carries.
Javon Ringer, Tennessee Titans
If the Titans plan to lessen Chris Johnson’s workload in 2010, Ringer would be the primary beneficiary.