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 11 and 14, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs
Joique Bell, Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex
Life hasn't been great for Wells in the last two weeks after his strong return from the new IR list. He has 23 carries for 40 yards in this time. As long as the game is close, Beanie should get enough carries to matter against the Lions.
Detroit has given up 106.0 rushing yards on 22.0 carries (4.6 per attempt) and 1.25 touchdowns on the ground to enemy carriers. That averages out to be the seventh-most fantasy points to the position in standard scoring.
Thomas has one rushing touchdown in the last month and is averaging only 7.8 touches per tilt. Last week's two-carry, three-yard day was forgettable, and it had a lot to do with the Dolphins
being down so much against a strong San Francisco 49ers
team. This matchup should be closer in score and give Thomas a chance to participate in a meaningful way.
The Jags have been a sieve against running backs, especially on the ground. This unit has yielded averages of 34.0 attempts, 143.8 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per meeting. Jacksonville has given up one touchdown in their last four games through the air to running backs, as well.
NEW - David Wilson, New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex
- Wilson had a day for the ages in Week 14, racking up 100 rushing yards, two ground scores, a kickoff return for a touchdown and an insane 327 all-purpose yards. Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) missed time before returning to the game, but he displayed a total lack of explosiveness and has since been diagnosed with a knee sprain. Stay tuned for Bradshaw's status as the week progresses.
- The Falcons' defense has been allowed 127.5 offensive yards and 1.25 total scores per game to the running back position. This group checks in as the ninth-worst defense against RBs.
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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