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Fantasy Football: Top Sleeper Running Backs To Play In Week 2 – Forbes

On my fantasy big board heading into the season, one of my main points I stressed was targeting running backs early.

The depth just wasn’t there this year.

As I look to find some fantasy football sleepers to play this week, the lack of RBs is already rearing it’s ugly head.

Christian McCaffrey, who totaled 83 yards and didn’t score, who is also expected to receive fewer snaps this week checks in at 15th overall. Bilal Powell, who plays on the worst offense the NFL has seen in a few years and splits snaps with Matt Forte, who totaled 39 yards on 12 touches, checks in as a RB2 at 24th overall.

The cream has certainly risen to the top, so if you’re searching for your own RB2, or a half-PPR flex, here are some upside players that I like more than most this week.

BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 27: Ryan Mallett #7 of the Baltimore Ravens congratulates Javorius Allen #37 after he scored a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

1. Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen (FantasyPros Rank, 30)

While everyone and their mother, yes moms can play fantasy too, was hyping up Tarik Cohen and targeting him on the waiver wire (a friend of mine spent $53!! of his FAAB on him), Allen seemed to fall under-the-radar.

Don’t let that happen in your league.

And this has nothing to do with Cohen. I’m a big believer in him. He, along with deep-sleeper WR Tanner Gentry, may be the Bears’ top two receivers. But with Danny Woodhead’s injury, Buck Allen has tremendous potential to be a Woodhead-lite in this Baltimore offense, and that means a PPR darling.

Allen leading the team in snaps may just have been Baltimore conserving their ‘starter’ in West, but it also may have just been them playing their more talented back.

As RotoWorld’s Evan Silva Notes, this wouldn’t be the first time Allen was their lead back. Over the final seven games in 2015, he averaged 18.9 touches per game and caught four or more passes in six of them. Terrance West will remain Baltimore’s goal-line back, for now, but his 4.0 career YPC shows how lackluster he’s been throughout his career. Allen’s 3.7 career YPC isn’t doing me any favors, but his sample size is about half the size while their body types look eerily similar.

Don’t let the ‘smaller back’ label fool you, Allen is built. At 6’0″, 222 lbs. he has the ideal body size to be an every-down back in the NFL. With a poor receiving core and a quarterback that targets running backs more than most of the teams in this league, and a matchup where they’re favored to win by nine, this could be Allen’s time to shine.

CARSON, CA – AUGUST 20: Running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints rushes for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason football game at the StubHub Center August 20, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

2. New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (FantasyPros Rank, 40)

If you had to guess which Saints running back led the team in snaps in Week 1 vs. the Vikings, nobody could blame you for picking the four-time First-Team All-Pro and league MVP or the player coming off a 1,350+ yard season.

While nobody could blame you, you’d still be wrong.

Standout rookie Alvin Kamara out-snapped both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram Monday night, and there’s a good possibility he does it again this week against the New England Patriots.

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