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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs
Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
Raiders should keep it close this week
- Mo-Mo has momentum to earn more work – Jahvid
Best (toe) doesn't look good for much Week 12 action. Morris carried the
rock 10 times for 31 yards but also caught four passes for 40 yards – the
latter is probably where he'll make most of his noise this week if he has
to take over the majority work.
- The Pats have allowed 105.3 ground yards and 0.75 touchdown carries to per
game to this position. Morris is in better position to utilize New England's
7.25 receptions, 77.5 yards and 0.25 receiving scores yielded to opposing
backs, but the former group of stats still bodes well for Morris.
- How much longer can Detroit afford to play an injured Best? They're not
playing for anything this year. The Lions are a
pass-first team, mostly out of comeback necessity, and Morris can easily figure
into that. He warrants an acquisition from your waiver wire in most leagues.
Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Bush continues to work behind Darren McFadden in Oakland's backfield.
Bush was effective in limited Week 11 work with 33 yards on just four carries.
Oakland didn't give their backfield many totes because they were trailing
big for nearly all of Sunday's game.
- There's a better chance for them to control the clock and the score
against the Dolphins, who struggled in Tyler Thigpen's first start since '08
and have a battered offensive line. Miami has given up 111.3 rushing yards,
4.75 catches, 45.0 receiving yards and 0.75 offensive touchdowns per game
to enemy backs.
Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Adrian Peterson has been losing red zone touches, thanks to Minny
running packages with Gerhart down near the goal line. That might change with
Brad Childress out as head coach, but Gerhart has seen at least one red zone
utilization in each of the last five games (nine total in that time).
- Players like that aren't bad for desperate owners who need a flex
play. The Redskins have allowed 132.7 ground yards, 5.67 catches, 48.0 yards
and 0.67 total end zone trips per game to opposing backs.
About Tim Heaney
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