DS Sleepers

Last Call for Sleepers

By Jared Smola 8:08am EDT 8/30/16

We hit you with 10 sleepers a couple of weeks ago. That’s an eternity in football years.

We’ve made significant changes to our rankings since that 1st article. And we’ve got 5 more sleepers for you to highlight on your cheat sheet.

Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks

This certainly isn’t the 1st time Michael has appeared on a Sleepers list. But it will be the last. Either he finally figures it out in his 2nd go-around in Seattle, or his NFL career is dead.

That’s part of what makes Michael so intriguing. This is just about it for him. His last chance. He’s bounced around to 3 different teams over the past year.

By all accounts, it sounds like Michael has been playing with a chip on his shoulder this offseason. OC Darrell Bevell said that Michael has “had an awakening” and that he’s "kind of the leader in the group now." HC Pete Carroll said he’s been “on the money” throughout training camp.

More importantly, it’s all translated to the field in preseason action. Michael has looked explosive through 3 exhibitions, taking 24 carries for 157 yards — 6.5 per pop.

It’s earned him an early-season role in Seattle’s still-unsettled backfield. RB Thomas Rawls is back at practice but hasn’t gotten on the field for a preseason game. RB C.J. Prosise made his debut in Seattle’s 3rd exhibition, but the rookie figures to start the year in a change-of-pace, pass-catching role.

Early-down duties will be split between Michael and Rawls, whom Carroll called "a little one-two punch that we're excited about.” Exactly how that work will be divvied remains to be seen.

Rawls’ brief run last year was more productive than any regular-season stretch Michael has enjoyed. But Michael might hold the edge in raw talent. He’s at least more athletic, earning a SPARQ score in the 99th percentile vs. the 16th for Rawls.

Rawls remains the safer bet for fantasy production. But Michael might be the better investment at his 14th-round ADP.

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