As the 2016 NFL season rolls along and Week 9 is already underway, it means that the push for fantasy football playoffs is in full-go mode. In turn, this means that every decision being made for your season-long fantasy football leagues gets more and more important, as does finding the top sleepers each week. Fortunately, Week 9 is filled with a fair share of sleepers, so if you’re looking for a player to pencil into your lineup as a bye-week filler, or just someone who may be riding your bench who you’ve been torn on, then these four names below are great options.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
One of the many who has their quarterback (maybe, Tom Brady?) on bye in Week 9? It’s unfortunate, but not all hope is lost, because Prescott could be here to save the day. Over the past two games, Prescott has accounted for at least three touchdowns and has gone five weeks straight with at least two touchdowns. That’s pretty stellar for fantasy leagues, especially when considering that he’s topped 225 passing yards in each of those games as well.
Prescott is a fantasy football sleeper at it’s finest, and while many wait to see when Tony Romo may return for the Cowboys, it’s not this week against the winless Cleveland Browns. Expect big things from Prescott.
Charcandrick West, running back, Kansas City Chiefs
Here’s to hoping fantasy football players out there were able to nab West on the waiver wire before starter Spencer Ware was ruled out and Jamaal Charles was placed on injured reserve. If so, then you’re looking at a one-week filler who has a great matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars and also is going to get all the work that he can possibly handle. The Jaguars have allowed 124.7 yards per game on the ground this season, good for No. 27 in the league. The Chiefs love running the ball, and with Alex Smith sidelined with a concussion, they’ll have no problem turning around and getting West involved early and often.
Darren Sproles, running back, Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles’ matchup with the New York Giants isn’t a great one, but one major thing working in his favor is that he finally seems to have wrestled away the bulk of the work from previous starter Ryan Mathews. In Week 8 against the Cowboys, Sproles looked great, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, while totaling 86 yards on the ground and also catching five passes. If Eagles head coach Doug Pederson wants continued success on the ground, then Sproles is going to be the best route for him to go. Expect him to see plenty of action both on the ground and through the air, making him an excellent fantasy option.
Corey Coleman, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
As surprising as it may seem, Coleman was actually dropped in many fantasy football leagues after breaking his hand. For any fantasy owners who chose to go that route, well, they may regret it after just a week or two of action. Coleman is back this week, and he draws a Cowboys team who obviously has been rolling, but will also be without cornerback Morris Claiborne, who has actually been surprisingly strong this season. Coleman is probably not on many waiver wires anymore, but if you were one of the people who grabbed him and needs a WR3 or Flex player, then you could do much worse than Coleman.