Fantasy Football: Running Back Breakout Candidates – Forbes

We’re still roughly two months away from the fantasy football draft season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun now, right?!

While a lot can, and will change by the time August rolls around, it’s never too early to start tracking potential sleepers and mid-to-late round targets. Drafts aren’t won early, they’re won by finding value in the middle rounds while peers reach for a has been or a never will be.

Using today’s ADPs, here are some breakout candidates to take in the middle rounds of your draft.

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 27: Ameer Abdullah #21 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball in the second quarter while playing the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Ford Field on December 27, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: Round Five, Pick 60 Overall: 

Speed. Power. Elusiveness.

There’s a lot to like about Ameer Abdullah.

After posting jaw-dropping numbers at the 2015 Scouting Combine, the Lions drafted Abdullah in the second round. He may not be tall, listed at 5’9″, but he packs a punch at 203 lbs. with elite athleticism. In his rookie season, he was able to gain 780 total yards despite seeing just 32.9% of the Lions’ offensive snaps. Last season he was limited to just two games after suffering a Lisfranc tear in Week 2 vs. the Titans. 

Those two seasons will make the casual player turn away and avoid Abdullah. Don’t fall into that trap.