Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 16

by Tim Heaney on December 22, 2011 @ 07:30:48 PDT


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 12 to Week 15, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chicago Bears RB Kahlil Bell
The Bell tolls...

Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex

  • After totaling 150 yards and one touchdown in Weeks 12 and 13, J-Stew has compiled just 72 yards on 19 totes in the last two games. He has just three touchdown rumbles on the year thanks to a committee with DeAngelo Williams and QB Cam Newton. At least Stewart has made up for his erratic play with 11 catches over the last month; his 44 grabs this year have made him a solid PPR flex most of the season.
  • He's lining up to do more than that against a Bucs defense that has allowed RBs to trample them to the per-game tune of 148.3 ground yards, 4.25 catches, 28.0 receiving yards and 1.25 offensive touchdowns.

Kahlil Bell, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex

  • There's rumblings that Bell could start ahead of Marion Barber III. Makes sense: Bell has 105 rushing yards to Barber's 141 in the last two games without Matt Forte (knee). Barber's crucial mistakes at the end of Week 14 haven't helped the staff's confidence in him. Bell, regardless, has been a useful PPR play with five catches in each of Chicago's last two contests.
  • The Bears will probably have to throw frequently to attempt coming back against the Pack in Week 16, which would mean more formations for Bell than Barber. Green Bay has allowed 102.0 rushing yards per game to the position - not a high total - but they've yielded 9.25 catches and 66.3 receiving yards per contest, along with 1.00 offensive score.
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