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Fantasy Football Sleepers: RB - Week 15 (with video)

By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Tim Heaney

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

  • Bell has resurfaced as the Lions' third-down back and primary spell to Mikel Leshoure in recent weeks with strong results. He has averaged 8.5 touches, which includes one two-touch game, 63.5 yards and 0.25 touchdowns in the last month. He has 19 carries and eight catches for 198 yards in the past two weeks.
  • Arizona has been formidable against the position through the air, but they have been trounced on the ground to the tune of 169.0 rushing yards and 1.25 touchdowns per contest. That is good for the worst fantasy defense of the position in the past four weeks.

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Brave enough?

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.

Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex

  • 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.


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