Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 9. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Jake Locker TEN VS. STL

This University of Washington (UDub) alum has been coming on strong this season. Aside from an early season setback injury to the shoulder he’s posted solid numbers his last 3 outings. I would rank him over Tom Brady this weekend and I think he’ll get those running yards too. His speed is often under utilized, but he’s best when throwing on the run. I expect he’ll be chased by the Rams defensive line but will make good enough to post 20 plus points. If you’re in need of a bye-week sub or own Tom Brady here’s your answer.

Terrelle Pryor OAK VS. PHI

Look no further than Oakland this week. After the 1st play of last weekend’s game Pryor had amassed 18 fantasy points with his 93 yard touchdown run. I don’t foresee another breakout running display, but I do like any team playing against the Eagles’ defense now. The Eagles try to speed the game up, so I think there will be many plays for Oakland, resulting in opportunities for scoring drives and passing yards. I expect that Denarius Moore could be a busy guy and so could Rod Streater as the outside weapons. Pryor should be owned if he’s not already in your league. He’s a good start this weekend in all formats.

Wide Receivers

Kenny Stills NO VS. NYJ

Stills has burst fast onto the scene the last couple weeks. I love his ability to fly down the field and be that target Brees can rely on to catch the deep bomb. The catch that should have defeated New England a few weeks ago has given him the confidence and allowed Brees to want and target him more often. The Jets can be beaten, without Revis, by speedy wideouts. I can anticipate at least 60 yards and a TD for Stills this weekend.

Marvin Jones CIN VS. MIA

This Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver had the game of his life against the Lions last weekend. This week he’ll be on everyone’s waiver wire radar and predict he’ll post good numbers this week too against the Dolphins. With A.J. Green opposite him, the attention won’t be on him so he’ll be able to exploit the coverage he’s given. If Dalton can stay hot then Jones has WR2 potential moving forward. Don’t sleep on Jones against the turquoise fish from Miami.

Running Backs

Roy Helu WAS VS. SD

Helu has gotten some love around the goal line lately and although it’s a high risk to start and play Helu there’s reason to suggest he might just flop into the end zone a couple times this weekend. Helu has a Mike Tolbert quality to his running style. So if Alfred Morris doesn’t punch it in from the 5 yard line, look for the Helu package to get the job done.

Mike Tolbert CAR VS. ATL

Tolbert is the ultimate package for finding a guy who will give you a TD each game. He’s an 8 to 14 point producing fantasy running back who has been one of the most consistent end zone finders the last few weeks. They call Tolbert the Kool-Aid kid and he’s picked up more targets in the passing game too. In need of a low-end flex option or a bye-week fill-in? Look no further, Tolbert is bowling in your lineup.

Tight Ends

Jared Cook STL VS. TEN

Cook has been kept quiet and done a nice disappearing act in St. Louis. However, with Clemmons at QB there appears to be more of a need to find the short pass completion. Cook is a good safety valve and as the Rams run the ball, this should open up Cook to be open more over the middle. He’s always been capable and against a Titans D that gives up 8th most points to Tight Ends he’s a solid sleeper this week.

Zach Miller SEA VS. TB

Miller torched the Jaguars defense in Seattle for a couple TDs many weeks ago. This week it’s the Tampa Bay defense. Once the starters are pulled in the 4th quarter I expect Miller to still be playing and putting up garbage time numbers. I don’t expect a close game, but I do expect a Miller time TD or two. He’s a good high risk/high reward candidate this week.


Indianapolis Colts IND VS. HOU

Houston is reeling and the Colts are surging. I love to play the numbers game but I’m going with the momentum swing the Colts have after a big win over Peyton Manning’s Broncos. With the University of Houston product, Case, quarterbacking for Houston there should be plenty of opportunities for mistakes for the Colts to capitalize on in this matchup. Start your Colts D!