By Amajahl Knowles (Twitter: @3AM_MO)
5. James White
White who is owned in 55% of leagues isn’t necessarily someone that’s a relative unknown and that’s the only reason he isn’t higher on this list. As the top pass-catcher out of the backfield for a team that involves their running backs as much as the Pats do I think “Sweet Feet’s” value isn’t as high to most as it should be. Cam Newton creates more plays for White when he’s on the run. McDaniels should get more creative with White in the red zone as teams hone in on the monster, Cam Newton.
4. JD McKissic
This may be a bit of a surprise to some persons but yes, the backup running back for The Washington Football team is a top 5 sleeper at the position. While the team’s offense may be as anemic as any in the league, it’s hard to ignore Mckissic’s receiving work and emergence as a safety net for whoever’s behind center. Mckissic has 17 receptions this season which is second best on the team, making him a very intriguing option in PPR leagues.
3. Cam Akers
The Rams backfield much like the Ravens is one most people want to try and stay away from but it’s hard to overlook Akers’s talent. While he’s been hampered by a rib injury so far this season and his numbers on the year aren’t eye-popping he looked decent in his first game back going for 61 yards on the ground. The Rams are one of the most potent offenses in the league and have one of the more talented RB corps, however, I think Akers is the most explosive of the group and will eventually move to head of the pack as the season progresses. As the Rams face tough divisional games, especially against the awful Seahawks defense that was gashed by Dalvin Cook, Akers will look a lot better than he really is.
2. Miles Gaskin
Seeming to have come out of nowhere with little pre-season hype, Gaskin has cemented himself as the feature back in Miami. While his name may not be a household one as yet Gaskin currently is ranked by ESPN as the #16 RB in fantasy after 5 weeks, for a player that went undrafted in the majority of leagues this year he had been a steal. With 61 touches in the past 3 weeks, it’s safe to say Gaskin is getting the opportunity to be productive which will eventually translate into scores.
1. Alexander Mattison
One of the most coveted handcuffs in fantasy over the past few years, Mattison comes in atop this list. With Dalvin Cook getting hurt on Sunday, Mattison filled in and rushed for 117 yards. Based on early reports it seems that Cook will miss at least two weeks giving Mattison more opportunity to shine. Mattison who despite being the backup man in Minnesota has flirted with being a top 30 back all year has the chance to crack the top 20 ceiling over the next few weeks. All in all, Cook isn’t a stranger to injury and Mattison could hold potential down the stretch.