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
Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2
- Grant's Week 4 effort was his finest of the year in terms of efficiency; he ran for 51 yards on 11 attempts (4.6 yards per carry) while catching four passes for 50 yards. It also came against a tough Minnesota Vikings run D.
- The Packers could have left tackle Chad Clifton (ankle) back along the starting line this week, helping solidify a line that has been shaky (20 sacks allowed), to say the least, this year.
- Detroit's averages allowed to this position from Week 2 through Week 5: 93.3 rushing yards, 6.00 receptions, 44.0 receiving yards and 1.25 total touchdowns.
- In four games against the Lions, Grant has averaged 71 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has also caught an average of 2.3 passes for 13.5 yards per game. Keep in mind - one of those games 2007 was Week 17, when he was pulled earlier.
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Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3
- Williams has carried the ball 48 times this year for 199 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and one touchdown. He has also caught 15 passes for 89 yards and one score. Last week, though, he ran the ball 10 times for just eight yards.
- Carolina's run D looked better last week (70 rushing yards, one TD to the position), but over the last four weeks, on average, they are giving up 131.3 rushing yards, 3.33 receptions and 1.67 total TDs to this position. per game.
- It should help the Bucs line that Jeff Faine (triceps), their top offensive lineman, is expected to return this week.
- Williams hasn't enjoyed much success against Carolina over the last two years, though he has been limited because of injuries. In 2007, he ran the ball six times for 41 yards (6.8 yards per carry) against them; last year, he managed just 22 yards on nine carries despite hitting the end zone once.
NEW - DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2
- Williams' production hasn't met his draft status. In his four games this season, he's averaging 55.0 yards ground yards per game and hasn't hit paydirt in his last two contests. He has also lost two fumbles in his last three games.
- If he doesn't do much this week, your concerns won't be eased. The Bucs have allowed only 0.75 total touchdowns per game to backs in the last four weeks. They rank in the bottom five with 133.0 rushing yards per game yielded to this position, though.
- Carolina is looking for positives from their offense given signal caller Jake Delhomme's struggles. Tampa presents the perfect opportunity, because they can pound it via the run and pick their spots with Delhomme.
- Last season, he had polar-opposite results against Tampa. In Week 6, he garnered only 27 ground yards on them, but as Tampa's defense weakened - similar to their current status - Williams pummeled them for 186 yards on 19 carries (9.79 average) while finding the end zone twice.
- When he received a big workload in Week 17 against them the previous season, Williams accumulated 121 yards on 20 carries (6.05 average) and hit paydirt twice.
NEW - Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 2
- The return of tailback Marshawn Lynch has cut into Jackson's opportunities. Jackson has rushed for just 72 yards combined in the last two games but still remains a factor in the receptions column.
- The Jets will probably be welcoming to both options. They have allowed 121.3 rushing yards per game to this position, a bottom-10 average, in the last four weeks. They've also surrendered 1.00 offensive scores per game to enemy backs in that time.
- In his typical split role, Jackson was OK in two bouts with Gang Green last season, averaging 4.5 receptions per contest while also crossing the goal line on the ground.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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