Running Back Sleepers Fantasy Football Week 16: Mr. DeAndre Goes to Washington

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It’s the fantasy football finals, and that means that it’s our last round of running back sleepers for the season! To qualify for this article, the running back sleepers must be available in at least 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues. As always, see if the recommended pickups from Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet are available. If not, enjoy these running back sleepers and they’ll be back in nine long, cold months, in September 2020!

Patrick Laird versus Cincinnati (42% Owned)

Laird now has double-digit touches in three-straight games and has turned in an average of 12.6 points per game in that timeframe. The Dolphins aren’t good, so don’t expect him to have a lot of touchdown upside (one touchdown in that three-game span). However, you might find yourself desperate for some PPR floor production in your championship. If you throw Laird in your flex, he should produce that for you. He has some upside, as well, as the Bengals allow the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

DeAndre Washington at L.A. Chargers (30% Owned)

DeAndre Washington’s ownership’s dipped 7% in the last day, as everyone knew that Josh Jacobs and his shoulder were fine. Well, they aren’t fine. Jon Gruden announced on Wednesday that Josh Jacobs will miss the week sixteen tilt against Los Angeles. Now it’s time to run, not walk, to your waiver wire to see if Washington ended up back out there. He’s had a low ceiling due to his role as a pure backup, but in his one start he turned in 96 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are a good (not great) matchup, giving up 24.9 fantasy points to Dalvin Cook, and his replacement, Mike Boon, last week.

 Boston Scott versus Dallas (8% Owned)

Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact, meaning Miles Sanders and Boston Scott lead the way for the Eagles in their divisional matchup Sunday. Expect Sanders to get the majority of the touches, but Boston Scott has 16 carries and 13 targets (caught all of them) over the last two weeks, which presents an incredible floor for Scott starters in PPR leagues. The Cowboys represent a middling matchup, but pass-catching running backs chew them up in PPR and half-PPR leagues. Scott could be the lynchpin to a fantasy football championship, should you start him.


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