It’s late in round eight and the pickings look slim for probable starting Rbs. The format is a 12 team non-ppr standard league. For inexplicable reason humans still not able. Where expectations of whom was thought to be available at this point are already drafted. There’s always that one guy raving about his team and talking up his sleeper picks. Calm and composed, sights are set on selecting Lamar Miller, and for good reason too. That guy tips his cap in the only way he could, “You [Female dog], that was my guy!”
Lamar Miller – As of mid June Lamar Miller is going about 90 overall on average. He plays an awful lot like Jamaal Charles, meaning he’s an absolute home run hitter. At Miami University he seemed to relish the long dashes. He hits gaps with incredible burst. The guy has said he wants to be as good as Clinton Portis and Frank Gore, former Miami alums, and recently he went on the record for saying he’s setting the bar at 1,500 yards this year. If he can come anywhere close to those numbers, he’d be well worth the selection.
Eddie Lacy – If it weren’t for injuries, many believe Lacy would have been the top RB taken this year. He’s a powerful back with a trademark spin move that kept the Fighting Irish in a whirl of dust. He’s going near the 100ish mark as of now, but believe he’ll be going much lower when he’s the confirmed starter. Right now in competition with Alex Green and Jonathan Franklin, two backs which he’s capable of outperforming in camp.
Bernard Pierce – Remember the days of Dick Vermeil, Priest Holmes, the Chiefs’ legendary O-line, and the nerve striking announcement that Larry Johnson had to “take the diapers off”? The handcuff Bernard Pierce has on Ray Rice could have that much of an impact fantasy wise. Ray Rice lost three fumbles in playoffs. At any position turning the ball over equals lessened job security. As if that weren’t enough of a reason for Pierce to take Rice’s carries, Pierce has actually been the more productive back on the ground. PFF has him as the best pure runner on the Ravens. He’s the most talented backup RB in the league, but a backup nonetheless.
Justin Foresett – He’s a one cut back going into a new system competing against the cannon ball known as Maurice Jones Drew. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch wants to bring an uptempo style of offense to the Jaguars. Typically, uptempo translates well for running backs. With MJD’s rumored bar fight, the foot injury he’s still rehabbing, along with admitting to being out of shape, the situation doesn’t bode well him. Foresett is in camp stealing his first team reps with both learning a new playbook, connect the dots and you have yourself a sleeper.
Ryan Williams – The highly touted back out of Virginia Tech has not had the start he wanted. Came in the league 2011 to sustain a knee injury early on that would keep him out the rest of the year. Then just as he was given the opportunity to take over the starting role in 2012 he goes down with a shoulder injury. Here’s to hoping Ryan Williams can stay healthy. He has a new coordinator in Arizona that has a background coaching the offensive line. That tends to mean he’s a coach that’s willing to pound it out on the ground. There are backs in Arizona that could give Williams a run for his money. Acquisition, Richard Mendenhall, has connections to Harold Goodwin from his Pittsburgh Steeler days. Consider these sleepers two men sleeping in the same bed – “No homo”.
Lagarrette Blount – The last time the Patriots took in a disgruntled running back it was back in 2004 when Corey Dillon rushed for over 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns. Well here we are again. The Patriots have a stable of backs with Stevan Ridley as head of the community. Admittedly, Ridley doesn’t get enough credit for the numbers he put up last year, but Blount gives the Patriots a punch that could possibly take this already potent offense to another level.
Mike Goodson – An electrifying player in the open field, but has ball security issues. He comes to the New York Jets battling it out for the No. 2 RB position. The reason he’ll get the nod over Bilal Powell because Marty Mornhinweg loves shifty RBs. Now Chris Ivory, who was hindered by injuries while at Washington State University and sat on the PUP list back in 2011, is considered injury prone. Obviously, he should be handcuffed. Recently, Goodson did get himself into a bit of trouble, just a story to follow before declaring him draftable.
By this time the draft is over. That one guy’s keyboard is finally silenced. You take your last swig from your 23.5 oz Arizona iced tea can and perhaps it’s time to heat up a Swanson’s TV dinner. When you’re through decoding the Swanson’s instructions, you’ll be able to set your roster. There’s one last player you should keep a careful eye on because he happens to be the smallest of the bunch.
Matt Brown – The .5 of my rankings. Bernard Pierce’s ex teammate from Temple went undrafted in this year’s draft. At Temple’s pro day he measured in at 5’5. The guy has a Napoleon complex by my diagnosis. He’s small but plays with the heart of a lion. Somewhat like Nate Robinson (NBA player) when it comes to being irrationally confident. Only weighing in at 169, Matt Brown, isn’t afraid to run through a defender, but also has the agility to elude defenders. After a quick Google search of “Bucs Depth Chart”, after Doug Martin the No. 2 back spot is open and though Matt Brown might be a long shot to make the team, if he does, he’s a waiver wire possibility in the most desperate of situations; like Doug Martin being out a lengthy duration of time.