Fantasy football sleepers to target in Week 9

by Cory J. Bonini on October 31, 2013 @ 06:11:43 PDT

 

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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 5 through Week 8, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

Smith threw his first touchdown pass -- a pair of them, actually -- in Week 8 for the first time since a three-TD effort in Week 4. He has thrown for at least 225 yards in three of his last four games, completing 67.1 percent of his attempts in the last two weeks ... aside from the percentage, not exactly awe-inspiring numbers. Buffalo can help turn that around.

Bills vs. QB position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
30
4
23.8
22
35
61.9
271.3
3.00
0.75
4.5
8
0.00
0.25
3.5

Case Keenum, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

For his second ever start, Keenum gets a shot at division-rival Indy after a bye week to prepare. The Houston product was better than expected in his first start, versus Kansas City in Week 7, by throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown. He took five sacks and lost one fumble, which is acceptable in situations of fantasy football desperation.

Colts vs. QB position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
28
3
23.3
22
38
58.4
277.7
2.00
0.67
5
33.3
0.00
0.33
2.7

Running back

James Starks, Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

Green Bay worked in Starks seven carries for 57 yards (8.1 per attempt) worth of action in Week 8, marking his first work in more than a month. It is still the Eddie Lacy show, but Starks will be sprinkled in, and his 6.0 yards-per-carry average this year shows he is capable of getting it done with limited touches. Also, Chicago's run defense has been decimated by injuries.

Bears vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
32
3
26.7
28.3
108.3
3.8
1.67
6.33
40.0
6.3
0.67
0.0

Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins

Woodhead has exactly nine carries in each of his last three games and continues to be involved in the passing game with 6.0 receptions per outing in this time. San Diego had the bye week to plan creative ways to attack Washington's defense, and I suspect you'll see a few designed screen passes for Woodhead.

Redskins vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
30
3
25.0
21.3
80.7
3.8
2.00
4.00
47.7
11.9
0.33
0.0

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans

Closely monitor Zac Stacy's status after he suffered a normal ankle sprain Monday night. He could be limited or, worse, outright miss the contest. Either way, Richardson may have a more involved role.

Titans vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
29
3
23.7
25.0
95.0
3.8
1.67
5.67
66.7
11.8
0.00
0.3

WRs and TEs are next

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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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