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3 Running Backs That Could Be Fantasy Football Sleepers in the 2019 NFL Season

Mike Esposito
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Running backs are the backbone of almost every fantasy football team. As a result, RBs usually fly off the boards in first two rounds of a typical fantasy draft. However, if you'd rather wait on running backs, there are a few sleepers that could provide massive value next season.

Here are three running backs, ranked outside of the Top-25 in ESPN's latest PPR rankings, that could be great sleeper picks ahead of the 2019 season.

3. Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers – RB No. 33

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Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL prior to the 2018 season, robbing him of a potential breakout year. Now that he's healthy, the 27-year-old back could be in for an excellent fantasy season. McKinnon is a solid enough runner and should see early-down work considering he's the 49ers' current RB1. However, McKinnon is most dangerous as a receiver, tallying 51 receptions for 421 yards in 2017, making him an excellent target in PPR leagues provided he can stay on the field.

2. Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles – RB No. 29

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Jordan Howard was extremely consistent in his first two seasons with the Chicago Bears, but his production dipped significantly last season. The Bears decided to ship Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick. Howard will likely be the starting running back behind the Eagles' elite offensive line, and he has a chance to re-establish himself as one of the top RBs in fantasy in the 2019 NFL season.

1. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears – No. 30

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Next up on our list is the man who is likely replacing Howard in Chicago, David Montgomery. The Bears drafted Montgomery in the third round and he projects as a powerful runner who could be an excellent replacement for Howard. While picking a rookie RB is often a gamble, Montgomery looks like a great fit in head coach Matt Nagy's offense. Tarik Cohen will likely handle pass-catching duties, but Montgomery could rack up touchdowns as Chicago's goalline back.


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