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.
Ahhh yes, going back to Mikel the herb-toker who has had only one huge game against the Titans this season. Expect sir-smokes-a-lot to run and catch a ton as he keeps his back up Bell at bay against the Jaguars. The matchup is rip and nice for a Lions blow out, which means the ground game should factor into the equation. The Ricky Williams dope smoker should have a beastly game and bring back the moves of Barry Sanders in a big way on Sunday. Don’t sleep on the dope dealer this weekend, start him.
Andre the Giant is back, just like WWF from back in the heyday. Andre has been successful the last couple weeks of vulturing away sure TDs from Bradshaw and making a mark. With Bradshaw still nursing injuries its very likely that he will have a fantasy impact of some sort this weekend. It promises to be a physical game so Brown will likely see a goal line carry or two. Don’t expect HUGE numbers but Brown should do enough to account for sleeper material in your deeper leagues or if you’re looking for a bye-week fill in.
Welcome to the Hawks Nest as the Seahawks take on the Vikings this weekend in an intriguing matchup. Minnesota proved last Thursday that it’s beatable with the passing game, as Freeman put up big time numbers. Wilson has yet to crush it with fantasy points but the offensive is letting him air it out a little more recently. I expect the Vikings to bottle up Lynch for the early part of the game and Seattle to find ways to beat them with the pass. Wilson is typically good for one long ball a game so I see it happening this week to a tune of 250 plus yards passing a couple TDs. Hawks are extremely tough at home and expect the points to be there for Wilson this week.
Cutler makes the list on the sleeper side with this favorable matchup at the Midway this week. As long as Brandon Marshall is healthy and the Bears face an anemic defense you have to consider spot starting this gun slinger at QB. He’s got weapons and Earl Bennett will see looks opposite Marshall. I love Forte out of the backfield to catch passes too this week. If Jay can avoid hitting his O-linemen and keep his composure under pressure I see a big week in store for him and the Bears.
LaFell hit the floor and got back up last week to score a TD against the #1 NFL Defense in the Chicago Bears. This week promises to be much easier task going against the worst fantasy defense to opposing receivers and even though Steve Smith will most likely see more consistent targets, LaFell always has Newton’s eye on the deep routes. Expect LaFell to find the end zone and over 80 yards passing this week in the nation’s capital.
Shorts hasn’t been playing small of late. His game has been pretty big time for the Jaguars who improbably posed a threat to Green Bay on the frozen tundra of Lambeau last weekend. This week it’s against Detroit and Gabbert will be attempting to avoid Suh’s sacks and Cecil has the ability to burn the secondary with his electric speed. Cecil the diesel is in for a good game, so I would start in him in most formats this week, especially PPR.
Without Fred Davis at tight end and as Chris Cooley gets back into football playing shape, Paulsen should have some fantasy value against a weak Carolina defense. RGIII ran into a buzz saw last week at Heinz Field, but expect the friendly confines at FedEx to deliver a surplus of fantasy points. Paulsen isn’t a game breaker but I expect at least 5 targets and possibly a score this week in a high scoring affair that has shoot-out written all over it.
Greg Olsen is the fantasy sleeper of the week. Washington is second worst in the NFL against defending the Tight End. Insert a player who likely available on your waiver wire this week who can catch and break through tackles for fantasy glory. Olsen is not only a warrior on the field, but his story off the field is even more inspiring. I love Olsen to make the Redskins hurt up the middle and test the defense with London Fletcher being hampered by his injury. Newton to Olsen will be ringing in fantasy points a plenty on Sunday.
Recipe for Fantasy Football success: start the defense that plays against either the Chiefs or Jaguars each week. These teams love to turn the ball over and each does not possess an offense that is high octane enough to scare anyone. The Lions are not your typical must start, but this week I see a TD and possible safety in store for the Suh led crew of silver and blue. Start your Lions Defense with confidence this weekend.