The Fantasy Football season is coming to some key weeks as teams try to make the playoffs, or try to get that number one seed to assure a first round bye. With so many injuries, some Fantasy Football squads are hurting at running back and are now trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find someone to throw into their lineup.
Every week there seems to be a player who comes out of nowhere to have a big week. Last week, it was Boston Scott who found the end zone for the Philadelphia Eagles, even though Miles Sanders was back in the lineup.
Let’s take a look at four deep sleeper running backs who could win your Fantasy Football game in Week 11.
Rodney Smith, Carolina Panthers
Rodney Smith wasn’t even on an NFL practice squad a few weeks ago, but now he is on the Carolina Panthers. Christian McCaffrey is expected to still be out for Week 11, which means Mike Davis will be the top option for the Panthers.
The Panthers face off with the Detroit Lions, a team that is giving up 141.6 rushing yards per game, which is 30th in the NFL. In the last game, Davis only had seven carries, while Smith had three carries for 13 yards. Smith also had one catch, a nice little niche he could carve out with the new team.
This could be a situation where Davis starts to lose carries and Rodney Smith gains them. Especially in a point per reception league, Smith makes a lot of sense.
C.J. Ham, Minnesota Vikings
Technically C.J. Ham is a fullback, but for Fantasy Football purposes he is a running back. The Minnesota Vikings have a juicy matchup this week against the Dallas Cowboys, which means there should be plenty of points scored in this game.
Ham having a big week is 100 percent dependent on scoring a touchdown, but if he is going to score one this is the week.
Ham has been a big part of Dalvin Cook’s success and there is no better way to reward him than getting a touchdown.
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders
Devontae Booker has taken on a bigger role with the Las Vegas Raiders the last few weeks. In the last game against the Broncos, Booker had 16 attempts for 81 yards and two touchdowns,
Even though Josh Jacobs is still the top running back for the Raiders, Booker is going to continue to get touches.
The Raiders face off with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The nice thing about Booker is he might not be dependent on a touchdown to reach value in this game.
Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins
Salvon Ahmed looks to be the number one back now for the Miami Dolphins, but this is still a running back by committee type of situation.
On the season, Patrick Laird has only run for 18 yards, but he has caught four passes. Laird could continue to be the back that catches passes out of the backfield.
The Dolphins face off with the Denver Broncos, who are giving up 28.2 points per game. The Dolphins are going to have plenty of points scored, and Laird is going to get some chances on the field.