bungle613 wrote:Most sleepers are going to be WR's. Tought o find that breakout gem for a RB.
I take that as a challenge, sir.
You mentioned Marcus Thomas, while someone else brought up Kregg Lumpkin (Lindys: "strong interior runner with soft hands out of the backfiled and a legitimate sleeper").
Tashard Choice- The Barbarian's running style puts him at injury risk. In week 1, he left the game early, partly due to a ribs injury and partly due to the fact that the game was pretty much in hand. A hard-hitting north-south runner, Choice turned 5 carries into 26 yards, while Felix Jones remained a compliment to the power back. If Barber gets injured more seriously or the 'Boys run away with the division, Choice'll see more quality time.
Jalen Parmele- Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams (injury issues for both of them) are ahead of him on the depth chart. Parmele is a tough inside runner who averaged 125.9 rushing yards per game in college last year, good for ninth in the country.
With the release of Lorenzo Neal, SD drafted 2 FBs. Jacob Hester was the more highly touted, but he doesn't have a touch in 2 games. Mike Tolbert, though, had 3 rec for 35 yards wk1, then 2 rec for 68 yards wk2. That doesn't account for the (measly) rushing yards he's put up. His solid blocking has earned him the respect of LT and the coaching staff, and likely means he'll continue to see time even when LT comes back to full strenght. While I don't consider him pick-up-able right now, he warrants watching.
Le'Ron McClain- Tough, hard-nosed FB with excellent pass-blocking/blitz pick-up skills, as well as a good finisher when given the ball. Due to McGahee's issues, he turned 19 carries into 86 yards, alon with 2 rec for 24 yards, in the Ravens' most recent game. The Baltimore Sun reports that McGahee's is expected to have a "role" in the offense, but McClain and Rice will get the majority of carries.
Other RBs that I'm watching but won't go into detail about right now- DeDe Dorsey, Antonio Pittman, Michael Bennet, Justin Forsett, Artose Pinner, Jamaal Charles, Kolby Smith, Michael Pittman, Quinton Ganther, Xavier Omon.