Fantasy football sleepers: RB - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 17, 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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise noted.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Arian Foster, Houston Texans at St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Texans head coach Gary Kubiak wants to involve Foster more in the running back rotation, which is erratic given the role-switching of Chris Brown and Ryan Moats recently. Brown was out of the picture in Week 14, and Foster received 13 carries and netted 34 yards; he also hauled in four passes for 54 yards.
  • Even if all three backs continue to be mixed in, Foster may not need to see a work increase to do damage this week. Head coach Gary Kubiak noted that he wants Foster to be his primary back the rest of the way. The Rams have allowed 145.0 ground yards, 29.6 receiving yards and 1.80 offensive touchdowns (most in the league) per game to this position.
  • Moats' struggles with fumbles probably bring back bad memories of Steve Slaton's issues. Moats' butter fingers in Week 14 may put him in the doghouse once again. Foster is a must-add in all leagues, and he's available almost everywhere.

Chester Taylor, Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

Chester Taylor, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Don't expect AD to play all day

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Taylor has kept up his typical secondary role this year, seeing at least eight utilizations in eight of his last nine games. He has, as usual, been more valuable as a receiver.
  • The Panthers have allowed 138.5 yards, 5.5 receptions, 34.5 receiving yards and 1.2 offensive touchdowns to opposing tailbacks per game.
  • If the Vikes build a big lead, we may see an increased dosage of Taylor as the game goes on.

NEW- Willis McGahee, Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • McGahee has been erratically employed this season. After 14 utilizations in Week 10, he combined for 17 in the next three weeks, all before being used 13 times in a Week 14 blowout of the Detroit Lions. Though his work has varied, he has scored four touchdowns in his last three games, including two (along with 76 yards) on 12 carries this past Sunday.
  • The Bears have yielded 125.3 rushing yards and 1.00 total touchdowns per game to this position. Even in changeup duty, McGahee could be productive as a fantasy throw-in.
  • Injuries and inconsistent play from Chicago's linebacker group have given them trouble all season. Their problems against the run trace back to Week 1; they've been a top-10 fantasy matchup in terms of ground yards.

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