Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 9

by Tim Heaney on November 5, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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.

Note: All statistics are from Week 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise noted.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

    Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
    Cats could ride J-Stew this week
  • J-Stew looks like the goal line option again after hitting paydirt twice to go with 87 ground yards in Week 8. He has now hit the end zone in three of his last four games (four TDs).
  • The Saints' secondary has been a revelation this year, but their run D hasn't been quite as glorious. New Orleans has allowed 122.3 land yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game in three outings since Week 4. Both figures offer top-10 fantasy matchups.
  • Carolina's opponent also lost defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (knee) for at least a month. He has been a key part of their run-stopping corps. Expect the Cats to exploit this hole often.
  • Stewart ran for a six-pointer in each of his two meetings with the Saints last season while averaging 62 yards per game.
LenDale White, Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers

Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex 

  • We rediscovered White last week as the Titans had the chance to - gasp, hang onto a lead; they gave him a season-high 13 touches.
  • Since Week 4 (three games), the Niners have been OK in terms of ground yards per game allowed to enemy backs (96.0), but they have surrendered 1.33 touchdown plods per game to them.
  • With Vince Young taking the starting snaps, expect the Titans to work outward from the run, meaning we'll see White more often.

NEW - LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers at New York Giants

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

    LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego Chargers
    LT a good bet to score this week
  • Tomlinson has been relegated to a near-borderline fantasy play for most of this season. His yards-per-carry average stands at just 3.2, and he continues to lose reps to Darren Sproles. A bright spot: LT2 found the end zone twice against a weak Oakland Raiders run D.
  • The G-men have also lost steam against opposing backs: They have allowed 104.5 ground yards and 3.25 receptions per game to them. The kicker: their 2.25 total touchdowns yielded per contest.
  • The potential return of center Nick Hardwick (ankle) would bolster the Chargers' O-line against a D-line that hasn't defended the run well.
NEW - Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: No. 2 or flex

  • Charles is the starter for Week 9 as the suspended Larry Johnson sits out. Kolby Smith (knee), expected to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, probably won't see much action.
  • The Jags line up as a welcome mat for the nimble Charles; Jacksonville has yielded 151.0 rushing yards, 0.67 ground scores, 4.00 receptions and 36.0 yards per contest to enemy carriers.
  • With LJ potentially facing further discipline, being relegated or cut, Charles could at least be the Chiefs' frequently used No. 2 back in the coming weeks. Those looking for a high-return reserve should target Charles; he's on the wire in about 28 percent of polled leagues.
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