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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex
Bernard Scott, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Take the Cadillac for a spin this week
- Williams has averaged just 46.7 ground yards and 0.33 rushing scores per
game, while only accounting for one reception in his last three outings. Even
worse than his low numbers is the constant intrusion of Derrick
Ward, who has nearly equaled Williams' utilizations in the last two games.
- The Dirty Birds have in fact been disgustingly ineffective against running
backs, allowing 123.8 rushing yards, 3.50 receptions and 2.00 offensive scores
per game to this position.
- When he returned from injury at the end of last season, Williams averaged
a serviceable 4.2 yards per tote (14 carries, 59 yards) against the Falcons
in Week 15.
Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex
Danny Ware, New York Giants at Denver Broncos
- With Cedric Benson (hip) day to day, Scott should sustain a prominent changeup role in the Bengals offense even if Benson returns. Against the Oakland Raiders last week, he ran 21 times for 119 yards and snared three passes for 32 yards.
- The Browns resemble the Raiders in many ugly ways, including their run "defense." Their 122.8 rushing yards, 168.6 offensive yards, 3.80 receptions and 1.40 offensive touchdowns present poor opposition to carriers.
- It doesn't appear Cincy is too keen on using recent acquisition Larry Johnson just yet (two carries, five yards in Week 11); if Benson is active, LJ likely will sit.
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Injuries to starter Brandon Jacobs (leg)
and Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, ankle) make the
nearly universally available Ware an immediate pickup, if merely on the potential
of one of the two ahead of him missing time. Of the two backs ahead of Ware,
Bradshaw is the least likely to play; he was wearing a walking boot on his
left foot Tuesday, Nov. 24, because of a sprained ankle. New York plays Thursday,
Nov. 26, and Bradshaw has already been dealing with a cracked bone in his
- The Broncos' defense continues to crumble, and opposing running backs have benefited. In the last four weeks, the Broncos have allowed 190.5 offensive yards, 1.25 offensive touchdowns and 4.25 receptions per game against enemy carriers.
- Ware has impressed the coaching staff with his multifaceted offensive game and his blocking abilities. Even if the top two backs are able to suit up, Ware could offer several desperation touches as their third-down back.
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