Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 4

by Tim Heaney and Bryce McRae on October 1, 2009 @ 13:00:00 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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • Bush has been the true No. 2 behind Darren McFadden in the Raiders offense, despite the return of the brittle Justin Fargas last week. Bush has been utilized 11 times per game this year, including three in the red zone and one inside the 5.
  • The versatile Bush should have a chance to contribute via both carries and receptions this week. Houston is tied for the most total scores allowed per game to the position (2.67) through the first three outings, and the 170.3 ground yards per contest to backs is the worst total in the NFL. If that wasn't enough, they're tied for the sixth most catches allowed per contest to running backs (6.33).

NEW - Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams
    Williams and Ronnie Brown look like prime plays
    Last week was Williams' best game of the year; he finished with 55 yards and a score on eight carries (6.9 yards per) while catching four passes for 29 yards.
  • Buffalo's weekly averages against running backs this year: 111.7 rushing yards (13th most), 7.00 receptions (tied for third most) and 1.67 total touchdowns (tied for third most).
  • This'll be Miami's first game without quarterback Chad Pennington (shoulder) as the starter. They could opt to pound the ball more to take some pressure of quarterback Chad Henne.
  • Williams faced the Bills twice last year, garnering 56 yards and a score on 18 carries while catching four passes for 45 yards.
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