Week Four RB Sleepers
Of all the positions to try to stream in fantasy football, finding a, running back sleeper has to be the hardest. The landscape is so bleak and any running back that maybe might have a chance of potentially getting useful production has been snapped up for three weeks. Nevertheless, we are undaunted here at Football Absurdity. We will help you find guys available in your league who can help you this week. Below, I’ve curated three fantasy football running back sleeper candidates to help you in week four. Two of these guys are available in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues, and the third guy is available in 90% or more for all you, “oh this guy is available in your league? Must be nice” guys.
Javorius “Buck” Allen at Pittsburgh (48% owned)
Sliding in just under the ownership wire, Buck Allen’s seized control of his role in the Ravens backfield and is doing well with it. The #13 running back on the season in half-PPR, Allen’s turned in just 32 rush yards on the season, but his 13 catches for 72 yards (and three scores), can’t be ignored. He plays third-down and goal-line and will be annoying for Alex Collins owners all year. Pittsburgh yields the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs, but a lot of that has to do with the godawful pass defense and the terrible showing by the Bucs running backs on Monday Night Football last week.
Marlon Mack versus Houston (30% owned)
Mack has been in-and-out of the Colts lineup this season with a hamstring injury that he just can’t quite shake. He should be back this week, and in line to get the bulk of Indianapolis’s carries this weekend. He hasn’t shown much yet this season, but he had flashes last year. It’s a neutral matchup, as the Texans yield the fourteenth-most fantasy points to RBs. It’s not a play with the highest upside, but he should provide some solid production.
Jalen Richard versus Cleveland (3% owned)
Richard’s ownership is unconscionable in deep PPR or half-PPR leagues, as he is tied for tenth in running back targets and receiving yards, and is seventh in running back catches. He has good production built into his role as the receiving back in Oakland, and for a coach who believes that completions are an extremely important stat. Jon Gruden essentially schemes dump-off passes to Richard, which explains all his targets and production. Cleveland’s already had James Conner, Alvin Kamara, and Isaiah Crowell run all over them. Richard isn’t quite to Conner or Kamara’s level, but he’s on par with Crowell. He’s a desperation play, but the best option down here in hardly-owned RB land.