Fantasy Football Draft: 4 Late-Round Running Backs Who Are Steals

Gordie Gold@ggold3Correspondent IMay 23, 2012

Fantasy Football Draft: 4 Late-Round Running Backs Who Are Steals

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    Still mad at yourself for missing out on Darren Sproles last year?

    Don't worry, everyone did. Sproles went undrafted or very late in most fantasy football drafts last year.

    He only ended up having 1313 total yards and 10 total touchdowns.

    It is time to move on from 2011 and look to this upcoming season.

    2012 is a new year to win back the bragging rights of your fantasy league. It is time to start planning out who will be your late round running back steals that will take your team to the top.

    If you want to dominate your fantasy football league in 2012, then you have to target the following running backs in the late rounds.

James Starks- Green Bay Packers

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    James Starks had a subpar season last year finishing with only 578 rushing yards and one touchdown.

    A lot of this had to do with the fact that he was splitting time with Ryan Grant. With Grant gone now, it looks like Starks is going to be the only running back in the Green Bay Packers backfield.

    I know some people may think he will not be anything special because the Packers love to throw the ball. However, when you are the starting running back for one of the best offenses in the NFL, you are always a legitimate fantasy threat.

    Starks should get 15-20 touches a game, and in the Packers offense he should become a solid No.2 fantasy running back.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis- Cincinnati Bengals

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    BenJarvus Green-Ellis has quietly been one of the more solid running backs in fantasy football the last two seasons.

    Over two seasons, he has scored 24 touchdowns, while running for 1675 yards.

    Oh by the way, he was able to do this while splitting time in the New England Patriots backfield. The Patriots are very pass heavy and rely on Tom Brady's arm, as they should.

    Green-Ellis is now with the Cincinnati Bengals and will be their starting running back in 2012.

    It is no secret the Bengals like to run the ball. Their previous starting running back, Cedric Benson, had three straight seasons of rushing for at least 1000 yards.

    With Green-Ellis being the starting running back in an offense that runs the ball, he will make a very solid No.2 fantasy back.

Roy Helu- Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins could not seem to find the answer at the running back position last season. They tried out Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain and Evan Royster.

    Towards the end of the season though, the Redskins found their guy.

    Roy Helu put together a streak of three 100-yard rushing performances and also received numerous touches. In four straight games, Helu had at least 26 touches.

    Going into 2012, Helu is the outright starter. What makes him a great option as a fantasy running back is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. 

    Helu finished last season with 49 receptions, including 14 in one game.

    Some people may be worried because he only started a few games last season and head coach Mike Shanahan tends to rotate his running backs.

    There is no need to be scared though because Helu clearly showed last season that he was the Redskins running back of the future.

    Anyone who plays in PPR fantasy leagues has to target Helu. If everything goes well for Helu and the Redskins, then he could develop into one of the better fantasy backs in 2012.

Isaac Redman- Pittsburgh Steelers

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    With Rashard Mendenhall's status uncertain for the 2012 season because of an injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be calling on Isaac Redman to carry the load.

    Redman was very impressive in his last two games of the 2011 season. On 36 carries, Redman ran for 213 yards and one touchdown.

    This not only has Steelers fans feeling less worried about their run game, but it has fantasy nuts like us thinking Redman could be the next big time running back.

    The Steelers have always had a strong running game and they have to because they play in the AFC North.

    Redman will be getting at least 20 touches a game and should put up big numbers. Expect him to have similar numbers to Mendenhall 2010 season, where he ran for over 1200 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Others to Consider

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    Stevan Ridley- New England Patriots

    You never know who is going to be the starting running back for the Patriots, but it appears that Ridley is the front runner.

    Peyton Hills- Kansas City Chiefs

    With Jamal Charles coming off a severe knee injury, Hillis should get 10-15 carries a game.

    Mike Goodson- Oakland Raiders

    Darren McFadden seems to get injured every year and Goodson is his new backup, now that Michael Bush is in Chicago.