Week Two Fantasy Football RB Sleepers
Look, fantasy football isn’t fair. Sometimes you miss out on every single bid you make in FAAB, or somehow every player you want is plucked off waivers before your priority comes around. That leaves free agency to fill the holes in your roster you wish a guy off the wire would have filled. That’s okay, every week players pop up and become the next guy you can lose out on in FAAB. These are the best of the rest, the guys available freely in every league. These running back sleepers for week one are available in at least 50% of leagues, with one guy available in at least 90% of leagues for you deep divers. For week two, you really shouldn’t be reading this, as you should play the guys you drafted. However, some of you lost Leonard Fournette or Devonta Freeman without sufficient backups. These week two fantasy football running back sleepers should provide you with all the help you need. Ownership percentages are from Yahoo! and are as of Friday.
Austin Ekeler at Buffalo (42% owned)
This doesn’t have anything to do with Ekeler’s touchdown last week, but rather, his opponent. Ekeler had five carries and five targets last week (compared to Gordon’s baffling fifteen carries and thirteen targets). Gordon can (and did) carry a huge load last weekend. However, the Buffalo Bills are extraordinarily garbage against the running back: they’ve allowed seven touchdowns to the position in the last four games, dating back to last season. That makes Ekeler a solid entry on this list of week two fantasy football RB sleepers.
Theo Riddick at San Francisco (24% owned)
Riddick led all Lions in snaps last week, and that was due to the up-tempo offense they had to run to try to catch up to the Jets. That’s likely to happen again this weekend, though it’s possible that the 49ers host Kerryon Johnson’s coming out party. Stafford trusts Riddick, and I’m anticipating him getting at least eight targets this week, as a more competent pass attack works him in against the Niners. He makes a good fill-in among week two fantasy football RB sleepers.
Nyheim Hines at Washington (7% owned)
While Jordan Wilkins and Marlon Mack are going to bash their heads together this week trying to figure out who is the lead back in Indianapolis, Hines will likely reprise his role as the leading pass-catching back. He had fewer carries than Wilkins last weekend, but his nine targets were third on the team, behind T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle. Over the last decade, running backs score 1.167 fantasy points per target in half-PPR and just 0.66 fantasy points per rush. That makes those nine targets the half-PPR fantasy point opportunity equivalent of sixteen rushes. I’ll take that opportunity for production in a super deep league if I was desperate for some week two fantasy football RB sleepers.
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