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Top 4 Late Round RB Sleepers for DraftKings Best Ball Drafts 2022 | $100 Underdog BONUS + FREE Stokastic SUB

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2022 Best Ball Fantasy Football Rankings Late Round RUnning Back Sleepers to draft on DraftKings

When following a typical draft strategy in the DraftKings Best Ball tournaments, most people are going to end up with a lack of running backs in the 10th round and later. Here are several running backs that will show up after the 10th round with upside and solid Best Ball potential. Expect to get these running backs above recommended draft position.

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Late Round RB Sleepers | DraftKings Best Ball Rankings

Zamir White, Raiders (DraftKings ADP: 209/RDP: 201)

Josh Jacobs looks to be on the outs in Las Vegas. The Raiders declined the fifth-year option on his contract and his December DUI arrest doesn’t help his situation. Rookie Zamir White, who new head coach Josh McDaniels picked up in the fourth round, could have a big opportunity here.

McDaniels has shown to be a fan of the running back by committee approach. Nine different running backs have had a least 50 carries for the Patriots, over the last five seasons. McDaniels continued this trend in the Hall of Fame Game, giving five running backs rush attempts, including his presumed RB1. This means White should have opportunities to prove himself and compete with Kenyan Drake for the RB2 position. This became even more evident in White’s performance in the Hall of Fame Game where he had four targets and 10 carries.

McDaniels is also likely to feature a power run scheme, which hurts Jacobs as well. The Las Vegas Chronicle reports that Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber both ran power schemes more than Jacobs in 2021. Zamir White averaged 3.6 yards after contact per attempt in 2021. Yes, it was college, but that is better than Jacobs’ 2.0 yards after contact from last season. White showed some of that power running style in the Hall of Fame Game, where 33 of his 40 yards came after contact.

His Stokastic recommended draft position in Stokastic’s Best Ball Kit is currently two rounds higher than his current ADP.

Michael Carter, Jets (DraftKings ADP: 139/RDP: 123)

All signs point to rookie Breece Hall taking over the RB1 spot for the Jets, but remember that he has yet to prove anything on an NFL field. Only one rookie started every game last season and Michael Carter was one of only four rookie running backs to start more than nine games.

Compared to the rest of the 2021 rookie running back class, Michael Carter put up the fourth-most yards and the third-most total yards from scrimmage. He can also be trusted with the ball, only fumbling once in his 147 carries. Carter also had a decent fantasy season, ending up as a top-17 scoring running back in four weeks. His fantasy boom game last season totaled 32.2 DraftKings points.

The Jets were last in the league in rush attempts per game. Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur has expressed the intention to put a more balanced offense on the field this year. That means, even as an RB2, look for Carter to average double-digit touches per week.

If Hall falls short of expectations and Carter is available past the 12th round in DraftKings Best Ball drafts, he could have quite the impact on lineups. If Hall falls short of expectation or if he shows up with an injury, the Carter handcuff move could pay big dividends.

Carter’s recommended draft position is 17 spots higher than his current DraftKings ADP.

James Robinson, Jaguars (DraftKings ADP: 185/RDP: 164)

The Jaguars backfield is strong but looking at two running backs coming off of injury. It’s not a lock that Travis Etienne is the guaranteed RB1 in Jacksonville. Etienne has not run in the NFL due to a foot injury that kept him out of his entire rookie season. Both Etienne and James Robinson, coming off of an Achilles injury, enter camp off of the PUP list.

Robinson was overall RB7 in 2020 and a top-25 running back in 2021. Robinson was top 10 in running back efficiency, with an average of 4.7 yards per carry last season. Robinson is the only running back in the backfield with NFL carries as well. If Robinson can bounce from his injury, even late in the season, he could be a post 11th-round steal.

His Stokastic recommended draft position in Stokastic’s Best Ball Kit is 20 spots higher than his current DraftKings ADP.

Jamaal Williams, Lions (DraftKings ADP: 179/RDP: 157)

It’s clear that D’Andre Swift is the RB1 in Detroit, but that is not obvious when looking at his 2021 numbers compared to Jamaal Williams’. Williams had more rush attempts, more rush attempts per game and more games started. They both had just over 600 yards rushing. It’s Swift’s receiving skills that give him a massive edge in fantasy draft capital. Swift had 50 more targets and 36 more receptions than Williams.

Last season, Williams recorded double-digit touches whether Swift was healthy or not. Expect that trend to continue into this season. If Swift misses any games, that is where this Williams pick will pay off. In all three games that Swift missed due to injury last season, Williams racked up over 75 yards from scrimmage and had a 100% catch rate. Looking at the following chart, Williams was fairly consistent with or without Swift in the lineup.

Jamaal Williams fantasy football rankings without D'Andre Swift Fantasy FOotball running back rankings

The rest of the running back roster is very limited on NFL reps. Craig Reynolds leads the group with 18.6 carries per year over his three-year career. It is safe to say that Williams is the clear number two in Detroit.

Not only does Williams represent a good handcuff to Swift, but he also provides boom game upside where he could score a lot of points in a single game even with Swift healthy. Sports Illustrated is projecting Williams to improve this season. Projecting him to add more than 75 yards rushing to his 2021 total.

Jamall Williams’ current Stokastic recommended draft position in Stokastic’s Best Ball Kit is 20 spots higher than his current DraftKings ADP.

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