Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 1

by Tim Heaney on September 9, 2010 @ 17:00:00 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 you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: No. 1 or No. 2

  • Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler
    Run Ronnie run
    Brown, who's in a contract year, has looked healthy in recovering from a Lisfranc fracture and should return to giving Miami a dynamic 1-2 punch with Ricky Williams out of the backfield. 
  • The Bills won't provide an accurate reflection of how he does against good competition, but should fantasy owners care? The Bills coughed up the fourth most rushing yards per game (140.6) and the third most rushing scores per contest (1.19) to Buffalo's opposing toters, who also posted a 4.8 yards-per-carry average. 
  • When healthy, Brown can do damage. Exhibit A versus Buffalo in Week 4 last year: 115 yards and two scores on the ground.

NEW - Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy value: No. 3

  • Though James Davis and Peyton Hillis will be mixed in (including short-yardage work), Harrison is Cleveland's No. 1 back, thanks partly to Montario Hardesty's season-ending knee injury.
  • Though the Bucs' D showed improvement late last year by returning to more of its Tampa 2 roots, it needs overcome what it allowed per game to RBs last year: 142.8 rushing yards, 3.46 receptions, 23.2 receiving yards and 1.06 offensive scores. Until they prove that long term, you shouldn't hesitate to upgrade their opposing backs' value.
  • Quarterback Jake Delhomme is, sadly, an upgrade from what the Browns have been used to at QB, but this remains a run-first team with a helpful O-line for that purpose. Boost Harrison's value in point-per-reception setups - something you'll be hearing often this year.
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