Fantasy Football 2013 Sleepers: Running Backs Worth Taking Late

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 17: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packershands the ball off to Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers during a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on August 17, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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As fantasy football drafts get underway, owners need to consider taking Eddie Lacy and other running backs in the later rounds.

Most owners will take an elite receiver or running back early in the draft, but the players in the later rounds can make or break your team.

The players on this list aren't among the elite runners, but they can still make a big impact on a team. 

Late-round picks are often used for owners to pick players on their favorite teams. Instead of doing that this year, make sure to keep an eye on these running backs.

Here's a list of tailbacks who will be worth taking late in drafts.


Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

Taking a running back who plays with Aaron Rodgers may not seem like a great choice. Drafting a rookie is also a big gamble. Disregard those concerns and look for Lacy when it comes time to add depth to the position.

The rookie showed the ability to carry the ball 20 times a game at Alabama. He was a durable player who could move the chains.

Green Bay has been without a solid running back for a while, but Lacy will come in and help the offense.

Lacy isn't going to rush for 100 yards every game. He is, however, in prime position to rack up touchdowns. He has the ability to pound the ball for key yards, especially at the goal line.

The Green Bay Packers are going to move the ball down the field, and Rodgers will benefit from having a back who can punch the ball in for the score. It will provide a nice balance to the offense and will force teams to respect the running game.

Lacy was drafted into the perfect situation. He won't have pressure on him to carry the team but will still get his chances to run the football. The Packers will be looking to run out the clock in many of their games, which is when Lacy can rack up yards.


David Wilson, New York Giants

He didn't have much of an impact as a rookie, but David Wilson will now be expected to play a bigger role in the team's offense.

Eli Manning will still be expected to use Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but the New York Giants will need to use the running game in order to keep teams honest.

Wilson has good speed, the ability to break tackles and can break off long runs. Those are all skills to possess, and he will finally get a chance to show what he can do as a starting back.

He had two offensive touchdowns of at least 40 yards and added a touchdown on a kickoff return as well. He is a versatile back who can run, catch and return.

New York will utilize his skills and let him get comfortable in the starting role. Fantasy owners need to look for him late in drafts.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals added to their growing offense by drafting a tight end and a speedy running back. Giovani Bernard was brought in to add quickness to the running game, but BenJarvus Green-Ellis is still going to be the starter.

He had a productive first season in Cincinnati. He didn't get his first 100-yard game until Week 11, but that started a streak of three straight, and four out of five, games above 100 yards. He rushed for 89 yards in the only game he didn't top the century mark.

Green-Ellis is also very good at holding onto the football. He won't hurt fantasy teams in that aspect as he has only lost two fumbles in his career.

The Bengals will need Green-Ellis to have more than six touchdowns this season. He should get plenty of opportunities to pound the ball and get more touchdowns now that the team has an improved offense.

Green-Ellis will have to share his position with Bernard, but he will still get his chances to be productive.

He's not going to be taken in most drafts until the later rounds, so owners should take a chance on him. Green-Ellis is due for a big year on the ground and will be a good option for many fantasy teams.


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