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Dynasty Rookie Draft Sleepers: Running Backs (2023 Fantasy Football)

Dynasty Rookie Draft Sleepers: Running Backs (2023 Fantasy Football)

We know of some of the top running backs that were taken in this year’s draft, but you could see some deeper players make an impact. Here are some sleeper rookie running backs to look at and add to your dynasty roster.

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Dynasty Rookie Draft Sleepers

Devon Achane (RB – MIA)

The Dolphins have a lot of fast guys on their roster already, so Achane and his 4.32 40-yard dash will fit right in.

The Dolphins running back situation was a mess last season, and they had the second-fewest rush attempts and were 22nd in yards per carry.

He’s small, but it helps him find gaps, and that quickness has him into the secondary in seconds. Miami wants someone to confidentially use to balance this offense, and Achane should settle into that role.

Kendre Miller (RB – NO)

Miller checks off all the boxes of a workhorse running back. He has the size, speed, and explosiveness you want in a three-down back.

Some off-the-field issues could lead to Alvin Kamara missing games. Kamara’s time could be almost up in New Orleans regardless – the Saints have a potential pre-June 1st option to cut him in 2024, at 29 years old, you likely see them use it.

Other new Saints running back Jamaal Williams finally saw a large workload last season in Detroit, where he had his first 1,000+ yard season and a league-leading 17 touchdowns. He’s another running back closer to the dreadful age of 30, and with last season being the only one where he had over 160 carries, you wonder if he can replicate it.

Zach Evans (RB – LAR)

Evans decided to move to the SEC in his final season and finished with 6.5 yards per carry and nine touchdowns for Mississippi.

Evans is another player that fell in the draft but has the talent to be a steal. The Rams wanted him, so they traded up to the sixth round.

We know the history of Cam Akers in Los Angeles – he’s had ups and downs and seen his usage diminish with Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown getting the snap shares. If Evans can prove himself with that ability to break through the line of scrimmage, you could see his snaps rise weekly.

Chase Brown (RB – CIN)

The Bengals also have another uncertain situation with their running back. Joe Mixon‘s off-the-field issues leave his status up in the air for next season.

Also, Mixon was not good last year and had his lowest yards per attempt and yards per game since his rookie season.

Brown could get a chance in camp to take some first-team reps, and he could see his workload increase throughout the season.

Mixon has a club option in 2024, and it’s safe to say the Bengals will likely not pick that up.

DeWayne McBride (RB – MIN)

His numbers explode off the stat sheet – In 31 games, he rushed for 3,523 yards, 7.3 yards per attempt, and 36 touchdowns.

There have been rumors throughout the offseason of Dalvin Cook being traded, and although he was drafted down in the seventh round, McBride has a lot of talent. Cook’s history of injuries could mean an optimal opportunity for McBride.

Long-time Vikings backup Alexander Mattison has never proven he could sustain a longer workload, and he’s also playing on a two-year deal with a small cap hit if they let him go after this year.

McBride is athletic but runs with intelligence, and he could be fun to watch.

Sean Tucker (RB – TB)

Tucker had an impressive last two seasons with 2,554 rushing yards, 509 receding yards, and 27 total touchdowns.

Due to medical concerns, Tucker didn’t get to test at the NFL Combine or participate in the Syracuse Pro Day. It wasn’t until the week of the draft when he tested, and this all led to him being undrafted.

He signed as a UDFA with Tampa Bay, and that looks like an ideal landing spot. If he’s cleared and can play up to his potential, he could start with a complementary role to Rachaad White. He has explosiveness, is elusive with his feet, and he could take over as the season progresses.

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