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The “Four Down RB” Falcons Deep Sleeper Who Could Make an Immediate Impact

Most fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have an immediate impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft.

Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we did tell you to watch out for Curtis Samuel, and he flirted with WR4 numbers.

Most of these guys in this deep sleeper series will be misses, but the goal is to look for the silver lining and find a handful of players that will emerge from their sleeper slumber in 2019.

Here’s a look at the rest of our deep sleeper series so far:

AFC EAST

New England Patriots | New York Jets | Miami Dolphins

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans | Indianapolis Colts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati Bengals | Pittsburgh Steelers | Baltimore Ravens

AFC WEST

Los Angeles Chargers | Denver Broncos | Kansas City Chiefs

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys | Philadelphia Eagles | Washington

NFC NORTH

Detroit Lions | Minnesota Vikings

Qadree Ollison, RB

After losing Tevin Coleman in free agency, the Falcons went out and drafted  Qadree Ollison, on oddly tall and undeniably old running back out of Pittsburgh.

The Pitt Panther didn’t test very well and will be 23 as a rookie, landing in a node which gives a 10% chance at a top-24 RB season.

While not wildly productive, he did break out as a redshirt sophomore when filling in for an injured James Conner before taking a backseat to Conner the next couple of years, before re-breaking out in his draft year.

Qadree Ollison G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Kick Return Yards Punt Return Yards Adj All Purpose Yards AdJAPYPG
2015 13 212 1121 5.3 11 14 77 5.5 1 0 0 1198 92.2
2016 10 33 127 3.8 2 2 38 19.0 0 0 0 165 16.5
2017 12 90 398 4.4 5 23 194 8.4 2 0 0 592 49.3
2018 14 194 1213 6.3 11 11 66 6.0 0 0 0 1279 91.4
Career 49 529 2859 5.4 29 50 375 7.5 3 0 0 3234 66.0

“A Four-Down Player”

None of the arrows point to a high probability of success for Ollison, but there is good news:

  • He was used in the passing game
  • He has fifth-round draft equity
  • He should benefit from a great landing spot

Tevin Coleman’s average of 203 opportunities (carries + targets) over the last two seasons are now in San Francisco, and with apologies to the Kenjon Barner truthers, Ollison is the only offseason RB acquisition of note.

His cut-once-and-run style rates to be a good fit in the Falcons’ zone-blocking scheme.

Head coach Dan Quinn broke down Ollison’s college film and praised his newest weapon’s fit and ability to play on all downs.

“At RB, that ability to jump cut, step outside and then get vertical, especially in our system — we’re a one-cut team … he has shown that. In this system, to start inside and then have the ability to break tackles, the ability to get long runs. He’s going to be a four-down player for us based on that type of size and speed.”

The team’s official website already has Ollison pegged for the short-yardage role, which could translate to immediate fantasy value, and his value will surge in the event an injury to either Freeman or Ito Smith.

Ollison should be rostered in deeper redraft and bestball formats.

Image Credit: Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Matt Ryan.


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