Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 23, 2010 @ 16:50:00 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 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

    Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush
    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.
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