Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 30, 2010 @ 10:14:00 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 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Shonn Greene, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

    New York Jets RB Shonn Greene
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  • Greene has been utilized at least 14 times in all but one week since Week 8, most recently averaging 5.8 yards per carry (12-70-1) on a tough Chicago Bears run D in Week 16. He has even caught seven passes over his last four games. With Mark Sanchez's (shoulder) status in doubt for next week and the Jets hoping to get their run game - ahem, LaDainian Tomlinson - going for the postseason, expect Greene to see a big share once again.
  • Buffalo is the perfect team to try that approach against. They've yielded 139.3 yards, 5.00 catches, 24.5 receiving yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game to opposing carriers.
  • In Week 4 against Buffalo, Greene totaled 117 yards on 22 carries. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry (59 yards on 11 totes) in Week 13 against them last season.

Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • Donald Brown was a benchwarmer in the second half Sunday. Rhodes, a capable pass blocker and a disciple of Indy's system, controlled the backfield game for 98 yards on 17 carries. Joseph Addai had a good game as well, but he has just recently returned from a shoulder injury, and Indy probably won't give him a full workload.
  • The Titans should spread the wealth among all of Indy's backs - they've allowed 119.8 rushing yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to this position. Bonus for Rhodes: Tennessee has allowed backs to catch 5.50 passes for 39.5 yards, as well.
  • Grab Rhodes off your waiver wire immediately. He's available in nearly every polled setup.
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