Fantasy Football 2014: Week 9 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 9 Sleepers in Fantasy
October 31, 2014
It’s a fantasy football Friday, and that means it’s time once again for our weekly installment of sleeper pickups for the upcoming games. This edition is for Week 9, and as usual there are plenty of notable players worth your time down there on the lower end of the spectrum. Let’s check out the numbers and matchups to see what we can be expecting.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Coming off a big Week 8, Moncrief has crept into the conversation as a fantasy add this week. He caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh, and showed some nice natural talent in the process.
With Reggie Wayne banged up and Hakeem Nicks simply not looking like himself, Moncrief is the next in line as the Colts receiver you need to roster. If he gets decent usage against the Giants, he’ll show some good things on the field.
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Tim Wright, TE, New England Patriots: Before we get into it on Wright, we’ll note that as a Pats player under Bill Belichick, Wright is a very dicey call from game to game. That said, he has scored three times in the past four games and is coming off a seven-catch, 61-yard effort against Chicago.
With the Denver game potentially developing into a shootout, Wright might just find his number getting called in the red zone. He’s a deeper-league play--and a risk--but could pay off big time.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: There’s no doubting Brown’s playmaking ability. He’s the Cardinals’ big vertical threat and can bust one at any time, as evidenced by his five grabs for 119 yards and a score in Week 8.
That said, Brown is still just a WR3 going up against a tough Dallas pass defense this week, so he could very well come up thin. Even so, if he can break out a big play just once, this conversation will be moot.
Juwan Thompson, RB, Denver Broncos: Let’s go back to that Patriots-Broncos game for a moment and check out Thompson. He got seven rush attempts in Week 8 against the Chargers, turning those into 24 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
With Montee Ball still sidelined due to a sour groin (and probably losing his top-back status when he returns), Thompson is in play this weekend for the New England game. If he can get a couple of goal-line carries, he could make your day as a fantasy sleeper.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: There’s a lot of bad that comes along with what little good you can scrape up with Bortles, but when you’re desperately searching for a bye-week fill-in, you can’t be too choosy. The rookie tossed a couple of pick-sixes against the Phins last week and managed just 221 yards.
That said, we like Bortles as a sleeper possibility better than a lot of people do this week. Sure, the Cincinnati defense is getting healthier and won’t be so awful against the pass when the Jags come to town, but if Bortles can stop being so intercept-y for one game he could provide just enough to get you by.
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