Fantasy Football: A Trio of Deep Sleeper Running Backs

Ken KellyContributor IIIAugust 13, 2010

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 20:  Kareem Huggins #32 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to their game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 20, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Buccaneers defeated the Seahawks 24-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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August is the official start of sleeper season in the world of fantasy football. Dynasty league owners are busy combing through the preseason box scores and team reports in search of the next diamond in the rough.

It’s pretty safe to list players like Mike Wallace, Shonn Greene, and Arian Foster as sleepers, but most of the fantasy community knows who those players are.

Let’s have some real fun.

This installment focuses on some deep sleeper running backs. Each of these players are making some noise at training camp in an effort to make their respective teams. While they may not make an immediate impact in fantasy leagues this season, they most certainly need to be on the radar of dynasty owners.

As always, patience is rewarded in dynasty leagues when it comes to player mining.

Kareem Huggins, Tampa Bay

Huggins has the best chance to make a short-term impact of the three players we’re highlighting in this piece.

After receiving a tryout from fellow Hofstra alum Raheem Morris, Huggins was placed on the Buccaneers’ practice squad for most of 2009. He actually had a shot at making the official Tampa Bay roster last season if not for a hyperextended knee he suffered late in the preseason.

Huggins has returned in 2010 and is turning heads at camp. He’s a smaller back at just 5’8” and 190 pounds, but is said to possess incredible strength for his size. He can also run the 40 in the 4.3 range.

That combination of speed and strength should be enough for the Bucs to give him a serious look this preseason.

The Tampa Tribune reported today that he’s competing for significant playing time, so he won’t be flying under the radar for long.

It’s time to pounce if you have the roster space.

Kestahn Moore, Kansas City

Moore’s college years at Florida didn’t exactly go as planned.

He finished his Gator career with 1,281 yards, and 13 touchdowns. Much of that time was spent as a backup playing in blowouts. Many who follow Florida football consider him to be a serious underachiever.

While his college career wasn’t exactly Heisman worthy, he’s not without talent. In fact, many beat writers of the Chiefs have noticed his explosiveness and effort as of late.

Moore’s opportunity for impact this season is almost none since he has Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles ahead of him on the depth chart, but he’s worth a look this preseason as a future dynasty league prospect.

Perhaps he’ll soon reach that potential of his.

Quinn Porter, Green Bay

You probably haven’t heard of Porter unless you’re a season ticket holder for Stillman College. The Packers coaches sure have noticed him, though.

Porter continues to flash ability in practice and is going to make it very difficult for the Packers to cut him if he continues to impress. This preseason is going to be key for him as he attempts to secure a spot with James Starks behind Ryan Grant.

The Packers had a similar decision with Tyrell Sutton last season and they tried to sneak him on the practice squad. Unfortunately, the Panthers snatched him up off the waiver wire. Will they dare try it again with Porter?

This is another player to monitor closely and only add in the deepest of dynasty leagues for now. Keep him on your short list, though.

While you may read through these player profiles and shake your head, the true definition of a sleeper is a player not many know about who rises to fantasy prominence.

These three are all viable candidates.


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Article written by Ken Kelly

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