In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs
CJ2K more than due
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or No. 2
- CJ2K has been so bad this year fantasy owners are starting to give up and bench him. This week, however, he could restore your faith in him, even if it is for a short period of time. For the record, Johnson has averaged 12.7 attempts, 38.7 rushing yards, 4.33 receptions and 30.0 receiving yards per game. He has not scored in the last month.
- Carolina has given up an average of 26.0 carries, 117.7 ground yards, 4.00 receptions, 41.0 aerial yards and 1.67 combined touchdowns, which results in the fourth most average fantasy points (23.7) yielded to the position.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Another struggling rusher with a lot of potential, Williams has a good enough matchup to slide into your lineup, at least in a flex spot. He has averaged 40.0 offensive yards per game in the last month, which comes to 3.3 average fantasy points. Jonathan Stewart has outperformed him practically all season, but Williams has a chance to get back into fantasy owners' good graces with a strong showing against a maligned Titans defense.
- Tennessee has surrendered the second most average fantasy points (25.7) per game. Running backs have averaged 30.7 attempts, 136.7 rushing yards, 5.00 grabs, 59.3 receiving yards and 1.33 offensive scores in the last three games against the Titans.
Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- It appears as though Thomas will take a backseat to the recent fantasy success of Reggie Bush, but Thomas should still see a fair amount of touches, especially if the Dolphins remain in the contest. Thomas' bruising style of play is entirely different than Bush's, and Bush is no stranger to injury, so Thomas is always one carry (or strong breeze) away from getting the lion's share of the work. He is on his way to being 100 percent recovered from a nagging hamstring strain.
- Washington has allowed 123.8 rushing yards, 0.50 ground scores, 2.50 receptions, 39.0 receiving yards and 0.25 aerial scores. They have given up the eighth most fantasy points (19.2) per game to the running back position.
- Thomas is a very risky play, particularly so if Bush remains hot, so temper your expectations.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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