I cannot tell you how many times I have given up on Ryan Torain and cut him from my roster. That’s not a great lead in for a sleeper article, but it is the truth. I have cut him from redrafts and literally just last week cut him from a dynasty league in which I had drafted him as a rookie.
Now, I am about to give him another shot. Rumors are flying around Washington that “Fast” Willie Parker is not so fast anymore and if Larry Johnson misses one more blocking assignment he may as well just leave and save management the trouble of releasing him.
Where does that leave the Washington run game? Clinton Portis will be the starter, but my confidence in his ability to stay healthy is at an all-time low. I do believe he will miss time this year. If the rumors come true, that will leave Ryan Torain as the RB2 and an impressive undrafted rookie named Keiland Williams behind him. Williams would get playing time in likely a 60-40 split with Torain, but Torain is familiar with Mike Shanahan’s system, and his skill set is ideal for the one cut.
Torain is a very late round flier, most likely just an option in 16-team leagues or 18-plus round drafts, but he is an intriguing pick in my mind. If you have the roster space, he may be worth a shot.
Update: Well, I guess I should have gone with my gut and just let him stay cut.
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