Fantasy football sleepers to target in Week 9

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

 

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Wide receiver

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

Bowe has been terrible this year, so your hesitation to play him is understood. He is working through a minor groin injury and has a great matchup this week. Six teams worth of receivers on bye help make Bowe a worthwhile gamble.

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

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
32
4
31.5
12.75
202.5
15.9
2.00
0.8
12.5
0.00
0.0

Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints at New York Jets

While wideout Kenny Stills may be garnering more attention, Moore might just be the better bet for long-term value and a trip to paydirt for the second week in a row. PPR owners can look to Moore, who will help pick up the slack while Jimmy Graham (foot) works his way back into a full-time role.

Jets vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
23
4
23.5
13.00
175.3
13.5
1.25
0.0
0.0
0.00
0.0

Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles

With three straight games of at least four receptions and 45 yards, Streater is a worthy option to cover a bye. He scored once in that time. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor's play has been inconsistent, sure, but he his mobility makes for dangerous big-play passing situations when he rolls out of the pocket and his receivers break free from coverage.

Eagles vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
28
4
27.3
17.75
210.3
11.8
1.25
0.3
1.5
0.00
0.0

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Receiver Sidney Rice (knee) will miss the rest of the year, which should thrust Baldwin into a larger role. Watch wide receiver Percy Harvin's status for Week 9; he suffered a setback last week in his recovery from hip surgery, so it wouldn't be surprising to see his name on the inactives sheet once again. Regardless, Baldwin is capable of taking advantage of single coverage, although he makes for a risky option to cover a bye.

Buccaneers vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
25
3
25.3
13.00
188.0
14.5
1.33
0.0
0.0
0.00
0.0

Tight end

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Fleener has seen at least five targets in three of his last four games and could be relied on heavily going forward after Reggie Wayne (knee) suffered a season-ending injury. Fleener (even though it has rarely shown) has extensive history and displayed collegiate chemistry with quarterback Andrew Luck. Now is Fleener's time to shine. It all starts with a great matchup against the Texans, whose defense has struggled mightily against the tight end position.

Texans vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
28
3
10.7
4.00
55.0
13.8
1.00
0.0

Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Following several failed attempts on my part of promoting Clark as a sleeper, he decided to find the end zone in back-to-back weeks. The veteran is a risky play, no doubt, especially considering he posted a meager 3-9-1 line last week. A trip to Cleveland could make it three weeks in a row of end zone visits.

Browns vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 5-8)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
31
4
11.0
5.00
57.5
11.5
1.00
0.0

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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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