Fantasy Football Sleepers: RB - Week 9 (with video)

by Cory J. Bonini on October 31, 2012 @ 12:59:06 PDT


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 Weeks 5 and 8, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos

Chicago Bears RB Michael Bush
Bush will be active

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • The Law Firm has been rather quiet of late, averaging only 14.3 attempts and 48.3 rushing yards per game. He has caught two passes for 10 yards in his last three outings. Green-Ellis has not scored since Week 3. That could change against the Broncos, however.
  • Denver has surrendered 130.7 rushing yards and 0.67 weekly scores to the running back position. They have also yielded a half-dozen receptions for 43.0 yards to help register this D as the fifth worst in the league against RBs in terms of standard fantasy points (21.3 per game).

Michael Bush, Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Bush hasn't seen much work come his way lately, touching the ball just 13 times on the ground and thrice through the air. Last week, the Bears weren't able to establish the run as well as they would have liked to when trailing the Carolina Panthers 19-7 entering the fourth quarter.
  • Chicago could turn more to the ground this week against Tennessee in a game that figures to be much more likely to be a Chicago W. The more touches they can get Matt Forte, the more we'll see Bush come in to give Forte a breather. This recommendation is aimed at those in dire straits at the position.
  • Running backs have averaged 202.5 offensive yards (third most in NFL) against this D. Breaking it down, 115.8 have come on the ground, while a league-high 86.8 have come through the air. Allowing 4.9 yards per carry and a total touchdown per game, Tennessee will be in trouble against Chicago's backfield.
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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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