Each year in fantasy football circles everyone has their own opinion about sleepers and 2009 is no different. Sleeper picks can build up or tear down your team so consider all the options during the mock drafts. You never know when someone is going to have a breakout season. Here are some of my ideas about RB sleepers that may have a significant impact in 2009.
2009 Fantasy Football Sleeper Predictions: Running Backs
Shonn Greene-New York Jets
While Thomas Jones is still the starting RB, he is on the wrong side of 30 and if he gets injured, all signs point toward Shonn Greene as his replacement with Leon Washington remaining the 3rd down back or the RB used most often in passing situations. Shonn Greene makes a great “handcuff” if you draft Thomas Jones in fantasy football. I would target drafting Greene around the 13th round in typical fantasy drafts.
Matt McGuire, a writer for Walterfootball.com also puts Shonn Greene on his list of sleepers. According to McGuire, “If Thomas Jones continues to hold out and is cut, Greene might แทงบอลออนไลน์become a viable RB3. We do know the Jets love Greene because they traded up for him in the third round. At the moment, Jones is still on the roster, so we need to see how this plays out before solidifying his fantasy projection in August.”
Andre Brown-New York Giants:
Now that Derrick Ward is leaving the Giants to play for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Brown is the leading candidate to replace Ward as the 3rd RB in the Giants “three-headed monster” running game. Brown has the same build as Derrick Ward, so he could easily fill this role, therefore he is worth keeping an eye on in preseason. Draft him in fantasy football only if he gets the backup job to Brandon Jacobs or he is used a lot in the “three-headed” attack and succeeds in that role. If he has a great pre-season, look to draft him around the 14th round right before taking a defense or kicker.