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Top 3 NFL Fantasy Football Running Back 'Sleepers'

By Larry Seely     Aug 29, 2015 in Sports
Running backs were once the prized asset in fantasy football, but the passing game has changed the game. Having a quality starter and good depth is still a must to win a league title.
Injuries and suspensions play a big role throughout the long football season and having that one stud back just isn't enough. Finding a late round steal that can help with points in both the running and passing game can make a big difference over the course of the season.
Here's a look at three 'sleepers', the type of player that should be available in the later rounds, but still have an impact on a roster, especially if an injury strikes down an owners number one option.'
Arizona has struggled to find a back that can run the football and take some pressure off the quarterback, but the team has found a rookie that has made a big impact in the preseason and could be a steal in fantasy football drafts in the coming weeks.
David Johnson has come from Northern Iowa and stepped right into the NFL without missing a step. In extended action last week, Johnson rushed for 66 yards and showed a burst through the line, but more importantly for owners, he also is a good threat in the passing game and with not much depth on the Cardinals, this rookie could have a big season in the desert in 2015.
Veteran Jonathan Stewart finally gets his shot as the number one back in Carolina, after sharing duties with DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers offense will run the ball as the team has limited depth at wide receiver and while he might not have big numbers in yards per carry, he should get plenty of touches in both the run and passing game and that makes the back a great option in the middle and late rounds.
C.J. Spiller was an excellent back when healthy in Buffalo, but now he's in the high octane offense of New Orleans and his numbers should be comparable to Darren Sproles. Spiller is a great receiving threat and could takeover the kick return duties, but he will miss the first couple games of the 2015 NFL season and that has his stock dropping.
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