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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Sleepers

Week 9 Sleepers; Who to Target in Fantasy

November 1, 2013

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With another heavy round of byes in the NFL this week (six teams will be out of action), it’ll be another key game for fantasy sleepers. As we do every Friday, we’ve scoured the waiver wire and come up with some neglected players who could come up with big games this week. Let’s take a closer look at their recent statistics and see if anyone is right for your fantasy roster this week.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: Lots of people are jumping on the Locker bandwagon this week, and we’re no different. He’s healed and well-rested after a bye week, and looks poised to come out swinging against the Rams. Locker reestablished himself against the 49ers in the Titans’ last game, tossing 326 yards and two touchdowns. If he can come close to replicating those numbers, he’ll make a fine bye-week fill-in.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Sleepers

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Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: With all the hubbub surrounding a pair of breakout wide receivers last week (and we still don’t know who Kenny Stills is), McCluster’s efforts got overlooked. He pulled in seven passes for 67 yards and a TD, which was his first score of the year. That’s no fluke, either; he logged 70 yards the week before. McCluster also received 10 targets, which is an encouraging stat to those questioning his involvement. He’ll get Buffalo this week.

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s head back to Tennessee and check in on Greene, who may seem like a surprise addition to this list. After all, he only got one carry against the Niners, and he’s spent the rest of the year out with a knee injury.
That said, Titans coach Mike Munchak said this week that he sees Greene getting around 15 carries per game. Now that he’s healthy, that doesn’t seem like such a crazy number. Besides, with Chris Johnson largely ineffective thus far, it seems plausible as well.

Timothy Wright, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wright is the best tight end you’ve never heard of, mainly because he plays in the football black hole of Tampa Bay. He’s coming off his best game of the season against Carolina, however, with five grabs for 48 yards and his first TD of the year. If you throw out a two-catch stinker in Atlanta, Wright has 17 grabs in a three-game span, so he’s definitely getting his share of looks. The Seahawks matchup isn’t the greatest, but if you’re stuck at TE there are worse plays. Wright is right.

Oakland Raiders Defense: No one is scared of the Eagles offense anymore, and you shouldn’t be, either. That makes the Raiders defense a viable fantasy play this week at home against Philly. Though Oakland ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack in many of the major categories, they’re pretty good at getting to the QB. That trait should prove invaluable as they take on the more pocket-oriented and inexperienced Nick Foles this weekend. If your starting defense is on a bye in Week 9, you should at least kick the tires on Oakland.

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