Top 10 back-up running backs

David Dorey, @DMDorey

There is no better position for suddenly creating fantasy stars than running back.  Thanks to injury or just promotion, a handful of running backs suddenly get their shot to start each year. They instantly become fantasy difference makers who were sitting idly on your roster or even on the league waiver wire. These are what fantasy dreams are made of.

Last year witnessed several running backs vault into a starting role and delivered sleepers like Devonta Freeman, Danny Woodhead, DeAngelo Williams and David Johnson. Names that now dot the upper tiers of fantasy running backs. After drafting your starting lineup, there’s no better investment than mining for that next surprise fantasy stud.

Consider these backs as the best positioned for a chance to become “The New Guy”.

DeAndre Washington (Raiders) – Still the clear back-up for Latavius Murray, the rookie has already scaled the depth chart and touts an impressive resume’  from Texas Tech.  The four-year back caught 124 passes in college and averaged 6.4 yards per carry just last year. He’ll be little more than change-of-pace this year unless Murray misses time. The Raiders have a much easier schedule and Murray needs to improve since he fell to a 4.0 yards per carry average in 2015. Washington will be involved in some measure regardless and ready to assume the primary role if needed.

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