When drafting wide receivers early, it’s important to draft serviceable running backs who can score enough fantasy points to hold down the fort for your dominant wide receivers. The most frequently undervalued running backs are those who catch passes. Here are three pass-catching running backs that I believe are undervalued.
Quietly Darren Sproles finished as RB26 last season. In 2013 and 2014, he finished as RB23 and RB22, respectively. Despite the consistency, Sproles is currently being selected as the 47th running back off the board.
It’s clear Sproles will be featured in the pass game and has been complimented by beat writers.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 7, 2016
He continues to be a value in PPR drafts.
After catching 35 passes in 13 games last season, Chris Thompson proved himself as the Redskins’ pass-game back. With Matt Jones currently banged up, there’s a chance that he’ll be featured – if the Redskins decide to go pass heavy.
Thompson proved explosive in limited rushes last season – averaging 6.2 yards per carry on 35 attempts. Being drafted as RB56, Chris Thompson is a cheap way to get in on the pass-catching RB enthusiasm.
After Carlos Hyde went down, Shaun Draughn burst on to the scene with 27 catches in 11 games. While Hyde will likely be an early down workhorse, Draughn is expected to play third downs.
49ers OC Curtis Modkins compared Shaun Draughn to Theo Riddick. With Chip Kelly the 49ers are expected to run a lot of plays – and with the limited talent on their roster, they are expected to be playing from behind frequently. This is the perfect recipe for cheap receptions.