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Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER JOSEPH RANDLE RB DALLAS COWBOYS

Prior to the start of the 2015 fantasy football season, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was known more for his less than stellar off-the-field behavior than anything he accomplished on it.  The former fifth round pick in the 2013 draft Randle gave no reason for anyone to pay attention to anything he did on the field as he totted the football only 105 times total his first two seasons in the league.  Of course when you are backing up a monster workhorse back like DeMarco Murray, there are a not a lot of crumbs leftover for Randle or any other runner on the roster.  Of course one of the biggest stories of the offseason was Murray signing a free agent deal with the rival Philadelphia Eagles and that left a major void in the Cowboys' backfield.  The Cowboys did bring in veteran Darren McFadden but he has looked nothing but washed up off three straight seasons averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry and missing rampant games with injury.  Enter third-year man Randle who all of a sudden carries some decent fantasy football upside given the fact he is the favorite to lead the Cowboys in rushing attempts in 2015.  Already with training camp only a few days old, McFadden has been placed on the PUP list with a sore hamstring and Randle has been publicly endorsed by none other than owner Jerry Jones.  Throw in the fact the Cowboys have arguably the most powerful and talented offensive line in the game, one can understand why Randle makes for a very solid sleeper candidate in 2015.

In digging into Randle the player, he is a power runner all the way who would rather go over you than around you.  On his 51 carries last season, Randle averaged a stellar 6.7 yards per and scored three touchdowns.  There were some ball security issues with 2 lost fumbles but Randle at the very least looks like a big red zone TD threat, boosting his standing for those who take part in standard formats.  The flip side here is that Randle is not a receiver and won't help much at all in the pass-catching game.  Thus in PPR formats you can downgrade Randle to a RB 3, while in standard he makes the grade as a solid RB 2.

When you put it all together, Joseph Randle has very interesting running ability and a great opportunity with the massive Cowboys offensive line doing the dirty work for him up front.  The touchdowns could threaten the double-digit mark if all breaks right along with 1,000-plus yards on the ground since McFadden won't stay healthy or productive enough to be a threat to his numbers.  Again draft as a RB 2 in standard and a RB 3 in PPR setups this summer. 

2015 PROJECTION:  1,027 yards 8 TD 11 receptions 24 yards

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