Fantasy RB Sleepers for 2022

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by Mike Noblin | Published: June 6, 2022

Running back is arguably the most important position in fantasy football. To have any chance of DFS success, you've got to have at least one true workhorse RB on your roster. Since fantasy football has become more mainstream over the last few years, it is becoming tougher to find high-quality sleeper options at RB.

Our goal with this article is to help with that! Here are our Top 3 RB Sleepers for 2022. Hopefully, this shortlist will give you a leg up on your competitors when draft day rolls around.

1. Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons (ADP:167)

Atlanta made a wise move by selecting Allgeier with their 5th round draft pick. Though he'll probably start the season third on the depth chart behind Cordarelle Patterson and Damien Williams, Allgeier has a ton of upside. The former BYU Cougar is a hard-nosed runner who is thick (5-11, 220) and perfect for goal-line situations.

Though Patterson had a phenomenal season in 2021, it wouldn't surprise us to see Allgeier get a lot of action on third downs. If Allgeier proves himself, the Falcons may opt to line Patterson up at wideout more often to get Allgeier even more carries.

Can Allgeier wind up being a true workhorse RB in the NFL? Absolutely! He toted the rock 276 times last season for 1,601 yards and a whopping 23 TDs. We still can't believe that this kid was available in Round 5.

2. Tyrion Davis-Price, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: 208)

Elijah Mitchell came on strong for the Niners last season but the former Louisiana Rajun Cajun did get a little bit banged up. Kyle Shanahan opted to ensure the stability of his backfield by taking Davis-Price with their 3rd round selection. The former LSU Tiger has the rare combination of size (6-1, 232) and speed (4.48) that all scouts covet.

Like with Allgeier, we expect San Fran to give Davis-Price plenty of carries on third down to start the season. Since he is much bigger than Mitchell, Davis-Price may be Shanahan's go-to back near the goal-line as well. If Mitchell gets hurt or his production slips, look for Davis-Price to slide into the starting RB role.

Davis-Price proved that he has the chops to be an every-down type of RB. Though LSU didn't have a great offensive line last season, Davis-Price still ran for over 1,000 yards while averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

3. Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans (ADP: 322)

After going with back-to-back rookies, we'll finish up our sleepers list with a wily old veteran like Burkhead. The former Nebraska star started 5 games for Houston last season and finished with 427 rushing yards and 3 TDs.

Though he'll be splitting carries with Marlon Mack, we still think Burkhead can put up some decent numbers in 2022. A whole lot depends on whether the 5-10 215-pounder can hold off rookie Dameon Pierce from taking the backup RB job. We don't see that happening.

Burkhead is only 31 years old and he has solid skills as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. With a young QB in Davis Mills and an improved offensive line, we can see Burkhead putting together another solid season as a sleeper pick.

Mike Noblin

Mike has been involved with sports betting and fantasy sports for more than two decades. He played baseball in college while earning a degree in sports psychology. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeNoblin.

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