Fantasy Football: 5 Late-Round Running Backs With Early-Season Roles

Darren Sproles comes off the board late in fantasy football drafts, but he figures to have a meaty role early for the Philadelphia Eagles. Which other backs can we target late with guaranteed work early in the season?

When you look at the top of the board at running back in fantasy football this year, you see whole lotta question marks just begging to bust your rosters.

Is LeSean McCoy's team tanking? Can Jordan Howard's team score touchdowns? Will the Miami Dolphins have a living, breathing human being occupying left guard to block for Jay Ajayi?

There are few certainties at the position, and as such, you may find yourself loading up on other positions early in drafts.

But if you do so, you have to pay the piper at some point. After passing on the guys with volume early, where can you find assets later in drafts who will play right away?

Thankfully for those of you who decide to forgo the riskier investments, you've got options toward the end of your drafts. Let's run through some of them now, profiling players with cheap costs tied to their names who are likely to have roles with their teams from the jump.

Which backs can we target late when we need this early stability? Let's check it out.