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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs
Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: High-end No. 2
- Hightower fumbled again Sunday, but safe to say he recovered: 18 carries, 148 yards and two touchdowns. Beanie Wells was sick, so Hightower proved he could take the load. Expect Hightower, who has averaged 6.9 yards per carry in the last two games, to be the first choice for carries despite Wells' poor fortune.
- The Panthers would probably allow for both to contribute anyway. They've allowed 130.8 yards, 5.00 receptions, 43.8 yards and 2.50 ground touchdowns per game to opposing backs.
Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Hightower becoming the man?
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- With just 50.0 yards on 14.8 attempts (3.4 average) and no touchdowns, Brown has barely been playable in most formats as the Dolphins' run game continues to struggle. Ricky Williams already eats into his time, and their usage typically depends on game flow.
- The Bills, luckily, have allowed 153.3 rushing yards, 22.3 receiving yards, 4.50 receptions and 1.25 rushing touchdowns per contest to this position.
- Brown's last two games versus Buffalo have stuffed the stat sheet: 20-115-2 in Week 4 of 2009 and 13-65-1 in the 2010 opener.
NEW - Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- He isn't just a handcuff to Maurice Jones-Drew anymore. Jennings has been utilized 26 times in the last three weeks, averaging 9.4 yards per carry while hitting paydirt in each of the last three weeks.
- The Colts spread the wealth for opposing backs, allowing 149.0 rushing yards, 7.50 catches, 52.0 receiving yards and 1.25 offensive scores to opposing backs per game. Keeping Peyton Manning off the field will be a priority for Jacksonville, and they'll use their now dynamic ground game to do it.
- Jennings is worth a pickup if you're desperate for at least flex value in the final two weeks. Jacksonville faces the Washington Redskins in Week 16, the championship week for most fantasy football leagues.
About Tim Heaney
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