What do these three running backs have in common? Well, all of them ranked in the top 30 in fantasy points at the position in PPR leagues last season. None were drafted to be prominent parts of most fantasy teams, either. When players like these boast a versatile skill set that allows them opportunities in the pass attack, well, sometimes those players outperform some of the "bigger names" in the final stat sheets.
Case in point ... all three of the aforementioned running backs ranked higher than Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Mathews and Chris Ivory in PPR formats a season ago. With countless teams now using backfield committees that often have a pass-catching specialist, fantasy owners have more options than ever at the position ... and several of them will still be on the board entering the middle to late rounds of fantasy drafts.
1. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers: A wide receiver turned running back ... hmmm, that makes a lot of sense in PPR leagues, right? Montgomery was 16th in targets and 14th in receptions among running backs last season, and both of those totals could rise as the unquestioned starter.
7. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles: Sproles, 34, continues to produce like a back 10 years his junior. Over the last three seasons, he's averaged 49 catches for 401 yards as a receiver out of the backfield. He's also hauled in at least 40 passes in each of his last eight seasons.