2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Running back

by Cory J. Bonini on August 27, 2012 @ 13:50:40 PDT

 

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Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | ADP: 6th round

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The Colts' defense may be Brown's biggest enemy in 2012. This team figures to be challenged on that side of the ball, which could put the offense in too many must-pass situations. Brown is just an OK receiver out of the backfield.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians enters the mix and brings his notoriously boring offense in tow. He does, however, produce fantasy-worthy rushers on a regular basis from this mundane system.

Andrew Luck may be the key to Brown's success. As long as the rook is competent under center, the former Connecticut standout will be better than expected by the masses. He started to come to life last season and will be given every opportunity to show he has what it takes to carry the offense.

Even though the offensive line is lackluster, and we're being kind there, Brown is a promising No. 3 back in all scoring systems.

Taiwan Jones | Oakland Raiders | ADP: 18th round

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While we love Darren McFadden this year, the fact is he has a tough time remaining healthy. Jones will battle with Mike Goodson, but we feel the former's skill set is better suited for Oakland's new one-cut-and-go blocking philosophy.

Jones reminds of a poor man's Chris Johnson - he has blazing speed but lacks the bulk at 6-foot, 195 pounds. Let's just say McFadden stays healthy, he will be spelled a fair amount to keep him healthy down the stretch. Jones is a player that can do big things will a little workload.

Draft him as a No. 5 or an RB6 in very deep leagues. He will move up the draft board once he locks up the No. 2 gig.

Isaiah Pead | St. Louis Rams | ADP: 14th round

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St. Louis spent a second-round choice on the shifty Cincinnati product. Pead finds himself in a battle for playing time with fellow rookie Daryl Richardson. He should jump in as Steven Jackson's primary backup from the onset of camp and offers a nice change-of-pace option to the backfield.

Pead's primary value is found in point-per-reception leagues or as a handcuff to the oft-injured S-Jax. Add him as a fourth back in PPR and a fifth in regular scoring leagues.

Jacquizz Rodgers | Atlanta Falcons | ADP: 16th round

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This one is based more on a gut feeling than anything. Michael Turner has carried the ball a lot as a Falcon, and he may be on the verge of breaking down at 30 years old. The diminutive Rodgers would probably split the load with Jason Snelling, but the former Beaver has potential in this newly opened up offensive attack even without a Turner injury.

Nevertheless, he is a marginal fourth and ideal fifth back, more appropriately in point-per-reception affairs.

Bernard Pierce | Baltimore Ravens | ADP: 18th round

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Ray Rice has a metric boatload of touches in the past few seasons, and his frame isn't necessarily cut out to handle a humongous workload. Pierce is a more powerfully built rookie rusher from Temple whose style is dramatically different than that of Rice.

Pierce is mainly a handcuff pick, but speculative drafters could use a very late, if not final round, flier on him in deep leagues. The rook may surprise should he gain significant playing time.

There are also a couple of injury-prone options you need to consider during your fantasy football draft....

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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