Week 11 RB Sleepers
Every week, we highlight RB sleepers available in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues to help you find players streamable to help you win! For those of us in deep leagues, we kick in a player available in over 90% of Yahoo! leagues. Figures are as of Thursday morning.
Royce Freeman at Los Angeles Chargers (50% owned)
Royce Freeman got hurt, and everybody forgot about him as the hot fantasy football running back that we were all excited about going into draft season. That’s the perfect candidate for the RB sleepers list. Sure, Philip Lindsay is getting all the publicity out of Denver, but let’s not forget their highly-drafted (for an RB) ballcarrier. Before going down with an injury, he scored in four-of-six games and provided a potent one-two punch with Lindsay. Nothing has changed about their situations, except Freeman was gone for a little bit. The Chargers do not present a juicy matchup, but they are an exploitable one, as they are middle-of-the-road against RBs. They have been a better matchup as of late, allowing five running backs double-digit days in their last four games. We just have to hope that Case doesn’t Keenum everything and that Vance Joseph doesn’t keep trotting Devontae Booker out there for no discernable reason. I guess if we are counting on those two things, we have no hope for this working out.
Theo Riddick versus Carolina (19% owned)
If you’re looking at Theo Riddick’s carry count to see if he’s startable, then you’re doing it wrong. Riddick is a weekly PPR and half-PPR RB sleepers candidate due to his volume in the passing game. It’s a simple formula: IF the Lions go down and need to catch up, THEN there is a lot of production for Theo Riddick. Prior to getting punched in the mouth on TNF, the Panthers were one of the hottest teams in the league, which means a big opportunity for Theo Riddick to produce. He has thirteen catches in his last two games, which tells you all you need to know about his PPR floor. Only two running backs have five or more targets against Carolina, and they both notched double-digit fantasy days.
Spencer Ware at Los Angeles Rams (9% owned)
Shout out to Football Absurdity’s own Evan Hoovler for being one of the 1% of people who started Spencer Ware in Fanduel lineups last week. The backup running back for the Chiefs has gotten run on series all by his lonesome in each of the last two games and seems to be spelling Kareem Hunt more and more. This happened last year with Ware, and he had some limited standalone value in that time. This year seems to be the same thing, and he gets a good game in which to do it. The Rams and the Chiefs has the highest over-under of all time, and the increased opportunity for the RBs overall means more for Ware, which means he hits the RB sleepers list. On the season, the Rams are a middling opponent, but they’ve been more like the Lambs (nailed it) on run defense lately. They’ve given up seven touchdowns to running backs in their last three games (and four of those guys chipped in 80 total yards or more). It’ll be a gamble on a touchdown, but I’ll gamble on a touchdown coming from one of the best offenses in the league in a game that might literally end up with 90 combined points scored.
If you need more advice like this QB sleepers article, check out the rest of our sleepers articles for week eleven!
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