In fantasy football, there are few things more satisfying or rewarding than hitting on a late-round sleeper. But for every hit, fantasy owners will usually have about four or five misses. Here at The Duel, we're going to try and help you improve that ratio.
Here are four of the best sleeper running backs to target in 2020 fantasy football drafts.
All Average Draft Position (ADP) information is courtesy of FantasyPros' ADP standard rankings.
4. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens (RB34)
If J.K. Dobbins wasn't stuck behind Mark Ingram, he'd likely be going a lot higher than RB34. But his situation shouldn't be written off as a complete negative, as the Baltimore Ravens 596 team carries were 98 more than the second-place San Francisco 49ers. Even though a lot of that is due to Lamar Jackson, that's still more than enough to sustain two decent fantasy producers. And if Dobbins earns a big role (or Ingram misses time), look out. He's coming off a 2,003-yard, 21-TD campaign with the Ohio State Buckeyes, and he genuinely looks to be a special talent.
3. Jordan Howard, Miami Dolphins (RB32)
Jordan Howard's ceiling is much lower than anyone else on this list. But don't ignore him just because he isn't flashy. Last season, the Miami Dolphins were, unequivocally, the worst rushing attack in the NFL. In fact, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the team's leading rusher at just 243 yards. That should create plenty of opportunity for Howard. He'll be splitting time with Matt Brieda, but expect the 6-foot, 225-pound Howard to get the bulk of the work. He was also pretty effective before getting hurt in 2019, tallying 525 rushing yards and 6 scores in 9 games played. He won't wow you, but he could be a reliable RB2 on a weekly basis, especially in standard leagues.
2. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB36)
Ronald Jones is inexplicably going behind his teammate, third-round rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn (RB33). But he proved last season that he's got some real NFL-level talent, tallying 1,033 yards from scrimmage and 6 total touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per touch. He also received a solid 69.9 grade from Pro Football Focus as a rusher. With Peyton Barber gone, Jones should be able to secure the No. 1 role if he can hold off Vaughn. In an offense as talented as Tampa Bay's, that could lead to big-time fantasy production, and he's barely even being drafted as a starter.
1. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills (RB28)
In standard leagues, Devin Singletary has an ADP of RB28. It's hard not to love him at that price. From Week 9-16, Singletary was fantasy's RB16 in standard-scoring leagues. His mini breakout happened for two reasons: he got healthy, and he emerged from Frank Gore's shadow. After playing fewer than 40 percent of the team's snaps in two of his first three games, Singletary posted a snap share of at least 66 percent in each of his final nine games, seeing 16.4 carries per game during that span. For context, only 11 RBs had a better per-game figure than that in 2019. Now set to be the feature back in a much-improved, Frank Gore-less Buffalo Bills offense, Singletary had a chance to massively outperform his ADP.
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