Week 13 RB Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
TJ Yeldon $4,600
We all know about the unfortunate suspension for Jaguars starting RB Leonard Fournette. That leaves the team to rely on RBs Carlos Hyde and TJ Yeldon against the Colts this week. Considering the directions each offense has been going in recent weeks, a big Colts lead would not be surprising. While Hyde should see the bulk of the carries, we know Yeldon will get the pass-catching opportunities out of the backfield. Because of that, he’s my choice when looking to replace Fournette in my lineup this week. – Ryan McDowell
Doug Martin $5,000
Dougie has been averaging 4.75 yards per carry since Marshawn Lynch went down five games ago. He’s looked it’s just been a question of touches and how long the will stay with him now that the season is out of reach. He had his best performance of the season a week ago with 72 total yards and his first touchdown of the season. He even saw his highest target total of the year with four. The Chiefs have been pretty awful on defense this season but it’s not a story because the offense covers it up most weeks. A look through the game logs shows solid two way games from opposing backs all season and on occasion two separate backs on one team hanging fantasy success in them. – Sal Leto
Royce Freeman $4,200
Despite playing well himself, Royce Freeman has become the clear second option in the Denver backfield. There is no shame in that, given how well Phillip Lindsay has played ahead of him. The matchup, however, creates a green-light situation for most Broncos. This could be a game in which the Broncos control the game script, leading to double-digit touches for both their rookie runners. Freeman has been effective enough with his touches, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and scoring five times. The Bengals are unable to stop anyone or any position, giving the Broncos plenty of thrifty weekly plays and putting Freeman on the flex radar. – Rob Willette
Mark Ingram $6,800
Since his return from a suspension to begin the season, Saints veteran RB Mark Ingram has displayed the upside that we love, finishing as an RB1 in three games. He’s scored at least one touchdown in each of those games but when he doesn’t find the paint, his weekly ranks have been RB37, RB28, RB54 and RB38. It is always a good idea to get access to pieces of the explosive Saints offense but considering he’s a touchdown-reliant player facing a Dallas defense that slows down the pace and has only given up five rushing touchdowns to backs all season, Ingram is an avoid for this week. – Ryan McDowell
Tevin Coleman $5,800
I don’t know about you but I was expecting so much more for Coleman with Freeman out of the way. Touchdowns have salvaged weeks for him here and there but overall it’s just uninspiring. The Ravens rank number one overall defending running backs. It’s become a close to the vest mentality in Baltimore in recent weeks. Run the ball with our quarterback and running back and shut the other team down. The are slowing games down and grinding out victories. On a whole, the Ravens shut down most all positions but I think the Falcons will have to attack downfield to pull of the victory in this one. – Sal Leto
Sony Michel $6,900
After a multi-week absence and poor results in his return to his action, we finally welcomed back the effective Sony Michel in Week 12. He demolished the Jets, picking up chunk plays and fighting his way to a short touchdown. Week 13 brings a much tougher opponent, a Vikings team which has mostly eliminated opposing runners. When they have been beaten, it has been through the air, setting this up as a better matchup for James White. Michel’s touchdown upside is always present, and the Patriots are a home favorite, making him a tough fade, but it is unlikely he yields RB1 results in a bad matchup given his limited opportunities in the passing game. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.