With little time left in the regular season and even less in the fantasy season, it can be difficult to search for sleepers. That goes for most skill positions, but especially at the running back position. It’s been hard to predict who on the margins might come through with a good enough performance to help your team out. Some hit, some miss. But unless you have kept much of the same team you drafted during the summer, you are probably looking for an advantage at any turn.
Last week, I threw out Brian Leonard of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a possible sleeper. Well, let’s just say it was a case of the right team, but the wrong player. A Tampa Bay backup did have a great game, his name just happened to be Bobby Rainey. However, this remains a decent strategy in searching for sleepers.
Who is struggling? Who is fumbling? Who is wearing down late in the season? And especially, who is injured? Someone else on a team that has a running back that falls into one of the latter categories may be able to help your fantasy team out.
Here are a couple of backs to consider for Week 12.
Benny Cunningham (STL)
I’d give you Zac Stacy again, but it’s clear he’s not really a sleeper anymore. However, his backup touches have quietly gone to Cunningham as Daryl Richardson has been both ineffective and injured. This week, the Rams host the Chicago Bears who rank 31st against the run giving up 4.5 yards per carry.
Sam Bradford is out for the year and Jeff Fisher is posting wins using his special teams, defense and the running game. The Bears will get a healthy dose of Stacy all game long, but if someone is going to spell him, it will be Cunningham. Let’s see what he can do.
Brandon Jacobs (NYG)
The 5 and 5 Dallas Cowboys have lost two of their last three games as they hit the road for a Week 12 matchup against the New York Giants. The fumbling Cowboys are a dismal 1-4 on the road and are facing a red hot Giants team that is riding a 4 game winning streak.
While Andre Brown will be the featured back this Sunday, don’t count out Jacobs near the goal line. He is still questionable to play, but if he does take the field, he’ll be given the rock when the Giants are trying to score inside the 10-yard-line. The Cowboys have given up 11 rushing scores on the year while allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Brown is an easy start, but Jacobs could be a sleeper if New York starts running all over the Cowboys.