Every NFL season a running back comes from nowhere and has a breakout year. Fantasy football owners that can find these players get a big jump on their opposition and a better shot at winning a league title.
Bleacher Report writer John Dorn has compiled a terrific list of these "sleepers," and owners should look towards these players to add depth and help their team with some good point totals this season.
Kevin Smith will start the year as the starter for the Detroit Lions, and with concussions likely keeping Jahvid Best on the sidelines for a while, Smith should see plenty of action, especially the first six weeks of the 2012-13 season.
Stevan Ridley is now the starter in New England, and the Patriots will use the young running back to carry most of the load this year. Ridley averaged over five yards per carry as a rookie last season, and with a full-time job this year, fantasy football owners could get some good points from the former LSU star.
There are a number of rookie backs ready to give the NFL a shotÂ—Doug Martin in Tampa Bay and David Wilson are two of the better youngstersÂ—but until they can prove they belong, drafting these backs could be risky. If an owner needs some depth late, these players are good options, but make sure to grab a full-time star for a successful season.