Week 9 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.
Latavius Murray $5,600
With no signs of RB Dalvin Cook for this week, it should be all systems go for RB Latavius Murray and the Vikings. Murray has finished as the RB7, RB6 and RB10 over the past three games with a minimum of 17 touches in those games. As if he wasn’t set up well enough for a big game, Murray faces one of the league’s worst run defenses in the Lions, who have already allowed five RB1 games this year and have given up the fourth-most rushing yards to opposing backs. – Ryan McDowell
Isaiah Crowell $5,600
After a monster 200+ yard game in week five Crowell has managed a total of 94 rush yards over the last three weeks. He was hit or miss the first few weeks and lately has just been miss. The Dolphins have been consistently bad against running backs and have allowed over 30 points a game to the position in PPR this season. An individual back has gotten 19+ points in seven of the eight games this season. The Jets need balance to be successful. Expect Crowell to be fed throughout this matchup. – Sal Leto
Dion Lewis $4,600
The Titans offense has been less reliable than a Scott Fish food take. Outside of a what was thought to be a Week 4 breakout party against the Eagles, the Titans have yet to eclipse 20 points and have failed to score an offensive touchdown in three of their seven contests. The entire operation has been ugly, from first year Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur to buzzed-about summer quarterback Marcus Mariota. When they have been dialed in, however, it has been on the back of Dion Lewis. Lewis has flashed the feature back skills which made him such a productive player in New England, and he’s kept his fantasy value afloat by being active in the receiving game. Dallas has been stingy against backs, but they’re middle of the road against backs in the passing game. There’s a decent chance Derrick Henry gets scripted out of this game, leaving Lewis to rack up touches and a strong fantasy day.– Rob Willette
James Conner $8,200
We can’t really sit RB James Conner at this point. After all, he’s the RB4 for the season but this is not a good matchup for the breakout star. Conner already faced this Baltimore defense once, back in Week Four and it results in Conner rushing for just 19 yards and finishing as the RB31 for the week. The Ravens have only allowed two top 25 fantasy games to opposing backs all season and have surrendered the fourth-fewest rushing yards and second-fewest receiving yards to RBs in the league. – Ryan McDowell
Tevin Coleman $5,700
Coleman is not doing himself any favors in a contract year, the overwhelming belief was if Freeman was out he would seize the role and be a consistent producer. He hasn’t. He’s allowed Ito Smith to creep into his value. Coleman has done enough to remain in the flex discussion but we were looking for fringe RB1 out of him. It doesn’t get better this week as he faces Washington who has been best against the run over the last three weeks. No running back has made it over 61 yards on the ground and only one managed 100 total yards in seven games this season. Coleman will be touchdown dependent in this one and Washington has been quite stingy there as well, allowing just two (both to Mark Ingram) over the last five games.. – Sal Leto
Kerryon Johnson $7,000
Kerryon Johnson has had a strong run as he has become more featured in the Detroit offense. His breakout affair in Miami was followed by a slow rushing day, though the rookie from Auburn salvaged his fantasy afternoon with a 6-69 line via the air. He heads to Minnesota to face a Vikings defense which has been fairly tough on opposing backs. Their biggest weakness has been defending backs via the pass, which would be good news were Theo Riddick not back at practice with a potential return to the field putting a dent in Johnson’s receiving work. Even in the wake of the Golden Tate trade, which should theoretically consolidate the touch tree, there is just not enough volume to be had if Riddick returns to muddy the backfield. In a tough matchup, Johnson is an easy fade at this price. – 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.