Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 2

by Tim Heaney on September 17, 2009 @ 21:19:34 PDT


Fantasy football sleepers - Week 2: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3

  • It looks like the Broncos will spread the love within the running back corps, with Buckhalter and Moreno seemingly being the majority beneficiaries. Last week they combined for 18 utilizations, comprising a combined 78 percent of the running back utilizations.
  • The Cleveland Browns had to deal with the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson last week; they yielded a league-worst 199 ground yards in the process. This pair isn't exactly AD, but many holes remain in Cleveland's run-stuffing crew.
  • Both backs have the ability to catch out of the backfield, and signal caller Kyle Orton isn't afraid to - OK, prefers to - check down. Luckily, Cleveland also allowed six receptions to Vikes backs.

LenDale White, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3

    Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills
    The matchup favors White this week
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers slowed White (eight carries, 28 yards). The Texans, however, let New York Jets backs compile two touchdowns and 169 rushing yards, the third highest stat in the league for Week 1.
  • In two contests against Houston in '08, White mustered just 3.1 yards per carry for 75 yards but, in his typical fashion and role, found the end zone twice. He was more successful against them in '07, when he totaled 164 yards and two scores in that year's pair.

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3

  • Bradshaw excelled in his new "Wind" role during Week 1, rattling off 60 rushing yards on 12 attempts and snagging three passes. He was utilized 16 times, only three fewer than starter Brandon Jacobs.
  • The Cowboys were trampled by the run-first Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday for 164 rushing yards, two touchdowns and four receptions. Maybe the transition from D-lineman Chris Canty (now a Giant) to Igor Olshansky will hurt Dallas more than originally thought.
  • Bradshaw's role in previous contests against the Cowboys wasn't big enough to ascertain a player history from, but his familiarity against them should help him in his expanded workload.

NEW - Chester Taylor, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 

  • Taylor touched the rock 12 times last week with meager results (seven carries for 17 and five catches for 13 yards). Even still, he will continue to see the ball around the low double-digit neighborhood to keep Adrian Peterson fresh.
  • Detroit didn't look all that improved against the run, or the pass, for that matter, in Week 1; in their defense - no pun intended - they faced the high-powered New Orleans Saints. Nonetheless, the Lions yielded 157 rushing yards (4.5 per carry) but no scores on the ground. Through the air, Saints backs caught nine passes for 90 yards and found the end zone once.
  • His value is greater in point-per-reception formats, but Taylor is a start-worthy option in all formats this week.

Fantasy football sleepers - Week 2: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

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