2015 Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

T.J. Yeldon

The Jaguars were horrible in 2014, and so was the offensive line, but they have managed to improve. They got themselves a starting right tackle in Jermey Parnell, and drafed A.J Cann to start at guard. Now their line should hold up much better in the run game.

Yeldon has great size at 6’1, 225 pounds, but that doesn’t emulate to a bruising running style. Yeldon also runs a 4.5, but makes up for it with an elusive running style.

The Jaguars were forced to deal with a combo of Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, but now will most likely hand the job to Yeldon.

As long as the offensive line can improve, and Blake Bortles takes a step up, this could be a very good year for Yeldon. However, I really don’t see the Jaguars offense taking a giant leap forward. I think Yeldon gets a lot of touches, but it translates to low yards per carry, and low touchdown totals. Still, Yeldon is one of the better 2015 fantasy football RB sleepers you can draft reasonably late.

C.J. Spiller

Spiller is finally freed from Bills and Doug Marrone, and now has a chance to reclaim his elite fantasy status. Now, let’s keep our expectations realistic, he probably isn’t going to get more than 150 carries, but all signs point to him being the new Darren Sproles.

Mark Ingram is going to get the lionshare of the carries, but he is a complete non-factor in the passing game. In three years on the Saints, Sproles’ catch totals were 87, 48, and 53. Then in 2014, Saints running backs accounted for 120 catches.

Pierre Thomas is gone, and Spiller is now the most explosive playmaker on the team aside from Brandin Cooks. Jimmy Graham is gone, Kenny Stills is gone, and Marques Colston is barely hanging on.

The Saints wouldn’t have went after Spiller if they weren’t going to use him, and the move strikes me as them wanting to recreate what they had in Darren Sproles. Like I said, he won’t get much more than 100 carries, but 60 to 70 catches would make him an okay RB2 or great flex play.

Tevin Coleman

Coleman landed in a great situation on one of the better offenses in the NFL. The Falcons lost Steven Jackson, well they didn’t really lose anything, but now they only have Devonta Freeman.

Freeman is talented in his own right, but in this day and age NFL teams don’t want to hand starting duties to a 5’8 running back.

More than likely Coleman gets the job, and does something with it. In his final year at Temple he ran for over 2000 yards with 15 touchdowns. According to scouts he runs stiff and can’t create for himself, but the situation is too good to ignore.

The Falcons really haven’t had a running game since an old Steven Jackson stumbled in, and now with Coleman they have something.

Devonta Freeman is still in the fray, and may be a factor on third down, but Coleman should run away with the starting job.

LeGarrette Blount

While Tom Brady is busy deflating things who is going to carry the team for the first four games? Jimmy Garappolo and LeGarrette Blount.

Blount managed his way out of Pittsburgh, and stole the Patriots running back job after Jonas Gray overslept.

In five games with the Patriots, Blount ran for 281 yards with three touchdowns, and also tore through the Colts in the playoffs on 30 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots backfield is a weird place where odd things happen, but Belicheck seems to like Blount, and the Patriots don’t have anyone else. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jonas Gray is still in the doghouse, and Shane Vereen is now on the Giants.

The Patriots have also been know to just force 30 carries on their running backs, and if he can handle it, Blount should be in for a big workload. Blount won’t factor in the running game, but could surpass 10 rushing touchdowns.

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I'm not hunting for Bigfoot I'm usually checking my fantasy team.

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