Alright well time to go back through the positions which brings me back to the running back. My second sleeper RB is…..
Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions
Photo courtesy of AP Photos/Carlos Osorio
Jahvid Best is an electric running back who is capable of the breaking away on any given play. There are a couple of reasons why I like Best this year.
1) He’s Jahvid Best. The guy is fast, quick, agile and runs a 4.35 40, the best in the this year’s combine. Best can beat basically any defender one on one and is a nightmare if he gets to the corner or makes it past the linebackers and into the secondary. Check out some clips of Best at Cal. The guy is a human highlight reel. The video is long but you will get the idea after a minute or two.
2) The improved Lions offense. Basically just take a look at the sleeper explanation I did on Matthew Stafford. The Lions offensive line has been revamped and while it is still subpar, it is improved over last year’s simply because it really couldn’t get any worse. That should serve in better protecting Stafford and improving the aerial attack as well opening holes for Best to run through. Stafford has Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew for targets and all three are more than capable of making big plays and making defenses focus on the pass which should open up lanes for the rushing game.
3) There is a very realistic chance that Best could be the feature back come opening day. Now chances are the Lions will use a dual back system, alternating between Best and Kevin Smith, but I fully believe that Best will receive the majority of the carries and as the season progresses, his skill and pass catching abilities should prove to overpower Smith’s and earn him a lion share of the carries. Kevin Smith is coming back from multiple injuries, the most notable being a torn ACL. He is only one year removed from a LisFranc injury and these injuries have to start taking a toll on his explosiveness and durability. It is only a matter of time until Best takes over the Lion’s running for real and Kevin Smith is relegated to a simple change of pace back.
Fearless Forecast: 30-40 receptions, 1000 total yards, 6-8 tds