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 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs
James Starks, Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Starks seemingly has taken the lead in Green Bay's running back work after an 18-carry, 73-yard Week 13. The Pack also wants to mix in Brandon Jackson and Dimitri Nance (concussion), but Starks is best built to be the work horse. Green Bay could use a stronger running game to help their playoff chances down the stretch; Starks should be picked up in all leagues.
- Detroit should help Starks continue his momentum. The Lions have allowed 108.0 rushing yards and 1.75 total touchdowns (1.25 carried) per game to the position. A quick Green Bay jump in offense could produce a run-filled second half, which would favor Starks toting the rock.
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins
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Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Williams has been erratically involved in Tampa Bay's backfield breakdown and saw just five utilizations in Week 13. He has just 140 yards over the last four games on the ground.
- The 'Skins spread the love across their opposing backfields, allowing 152.0 ground yards, 4.25 receptions, 43.0 yards and 2.00 offensive scores per game to enemy backs. Williams could be a useful flex play in limited work and is worth a waiver wire add as a one-week play.
NEW - Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- The Niners' running game couldn't do much against the Green Bay Packers last week, the first game in which Dixon and Brian Westbrook shared the load. Dixon had nine carries for just 33 yards. Dixon and Westbrook truly split utilizations with 10 each - Dixon had two in the red zone and one inside the 5-yard line. Westbrook had one of each.
- Alex Smith's return to the starting lineup at quarterback could help the running game.
- The Seahawks have allowed 128.5 rushing yards, 5.50 catches, 37.8 receiving yards and 1.25 offensive touchdowns per game to this position. Dixon is the better red zone bet, and this defense should let both backs do some damage.
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