Week Nine Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers

We are passed the half way through the season. It’s time to turn it on if you’re on the outside looking in on your league’s playoff picture. The good news is that we know what defenses to go after when streaming a wide receiver and running back. The other key at this point is to keep an eye out on is players returning from injury. On the contrary there are still players getting hurt and their backups are in line to have successful upcoming weeks. Take for example Kenny Golladay. He left Sunday’s game with an injury and that gave rise to the Marvin Duo, Marvin Jones Jr. and Marvin Hall.

Looking ahead to Week Nine there are a bunch of favorable matchups for the wide receiver and running back positions. I would utilize these sleepers due to some bye weeks of important teams that hold key players. Those teams include Eagles, Rams, Browns, and Bengals.

Here are my Week Nine Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers

Wide Receiver

Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions

As I alluded to above, Kenny Golladay left Sunday’s game with a hip injury and is expected to miss Week Nine. This injury pushes Jones into the number one receiver spot. This helps Marvin’s value because he will be Matthew Stafford’s go to target. Jones did score two touchdowns last week which put him as the WR11 in Half-PPR scoring formats. It should be noted that Marvin Jones Jr. has seen five-plus targets in three straight games. He is expected to have a big game against a beatable Minnesota defense.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, & Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers

Plain and simple, one of these wide receivers will be a top 10 player while the other two are top 30 options. All these Pittsburgh wideouts will return a profit to your lineups. A matchup against the Cowboys defense, who are one of the worst against the pass is too mouthwatering to pass up. The Dallas defense has allowed 16 passing touchdowns and nine different receivers to surpass 70 yards and a touchdown. JuJu, Diontae, and Chase will all have top 30 Fantasy finishes on Sunday.

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After all this time off, I believe that Brown will be Fantasy relevant after this week. Due to Chris Godwin being out and his rapport with Tom Brady already, Brown can have a strong fantasy day. New Orleans’ defense has been a disappointment thus far. Nine different receivers have finished with more than 70 yards. To go along with that the Saints have allowed 19 passing touchdowns and every quarterback has thrown two or more touchdowns per game. AB can really turn any fantasy team into a potential winner.

Running Back

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Due to Kenyan Drake being out, Edmonds will now be the number one back in Arizona with no rushing competition aside from Kyler Murray. All of us were able to see what Edmonds can do as the number one back against Seattle. He had just 12 touches for 145 total yards. Miami has given up nine rushing touchdowns so far on the season, which Chase Edmonds needs to take advantage of. Luckily for Edmonds, he is a great pass catcher and has caught 26 of his 32 targets for over 220 yards plus two receiving scores. In Half-PPR scoring formats he has more value than most and can be a top 20 back.

David Johnson, Houston Texans

This is a phenomenal matchup for David Johnson to can continue his strong stretch of games. Since Week Four, he has finished with 18-plus touches. From Week Four to Seven (he had a Week Eight bye week) he is the RB14. In their previous matchup, D.J. had 103 total yards, but failed to find the endzone. If he can have over 100 total yards along with a touchdown, there is a strong possibility he finishes as a top 10 running back.

Damien Harris, New England Patriots

If the Patriots don’t give Harris the ball at least 18 times they’re doing something wrong. He is clearly the best RUNNING BACK on the team. I say running back because James White is the best RECEIVING BACK on New England. Look back at the two games where he rushed 16 and 17 times, he ran for 202 yards and one touchdown. Against the Jets, the Patriots can ill afford to make mistakes and the one mistake they CAN make is not feeding Harris the ball. I would feel comfortable plugging him in as my RB2 for the week.

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