2016 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers, Streamers, and Fliers



2016 NFL Week 9 Sleepers, Streamers, and Fliers
These teams DO NOT play week 9 (bye week):
Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Houston Texans
New England Patriots
Washington Redskins

Running Backs (RB)

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned 21.2% of all ESPN leagues):
**The Redskins DO NOT PLAY this week** Week 8 provided some clarity for the Redskins backfield, although it may have just been a matter of gameplanning.  The 6'0" 228 lb undrafted rookie out of Tulane got 21 totes for 87 yards and a score.  Not bad, considering how little Washington's ground game has done.  Nevertheless, Kelley got 21 of Washington's 28 rushing attempts, fulfilling the void left by bellcow Matt Jones.  Keep an eye on Jones' status for week 10.  Buyer beware: Kelley's status is directly affected by Jones' status, and the Redskins have some tough matchups coming up against the Vikings, Cardinals, Eagles, and Panthers.

Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Hightower received 26 carries for 102 yards after Ingram lost a fumble for the second week in a row.  Coach Sean Payton has indicated that the Saints would take a committee approach to their backfield.  If Ingram continues to falter, Hightower would benefit from a larger workload.  At this point, he's only a deep league desperation add.  However, he and Ingram could both benefit from a good matchup against one of the weakest run defenses in the league

Wide Receiver (WR)

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 1.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Hill caught 5 passes for 98 yards and a score against Indianapolis this week.  More importantly, he's scored in 2 games in a row.  This could indicate a role change for Hill, given the current situation of the Chiefs' roster.  With Charles possibly out again, and Ware possibly questionable, Alex Smith may need to throw if he wants to win.  Hill could be a sneaky sleeper start if he keeps flying under the radar. 

Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Hawkins is purely a flier and matchup favorite.  His 5 catches for just 31 yards and TWO touchdowns are enough to get anyone's attention.  Given the horendous play of the Browns' offensive line the Browns' strategy may have shifted to getting the ball out of McCown's hands quickly and completing high percentage passes.  This dink and dunk strategy could mean McCown could throw the ball even more than his 49 attempts, and pay dividends for an undersized slot receiver like Hawkins. 

Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans  (currently owned in 8.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The former Miami Dolphin is rapidly emerging as a redzone threat for the Titans.  He's scored in 3 of his last 4 games and could keep things going against a Chargers defense that could hone in on Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker.  Buyer Beware, Matthews is a touchdown or bust player, but could see his fantasy stock rise rapidly if Wright gets hobbled by a hanstring injury. 

Quarterback (QB)

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 8% of all ESPN leagues):
Kaep could be a solid streaming option this week, running RPO's (run-pass options) in Chip Kelley's high volume offense.  He should make plenty of good throws this week against a sorry Saints secondary.

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