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A Fantasy Perspective: Top Sleepers for Week 9

In a week where a wave of injuries claimed the seasons of numerous players, the waiver wire will be a vital asset heading into the latter portion of the season. Whether you were an owner of the injured players or not, these sleepers would be valuable additions to your rosters as you make your attempt at a playoff push. Here are my three sleepers heading into Week 9.

DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh Steelers, RB): Following the unfortunate season-ending injury to Leveon Bell, Williams has now been thrust into the starting lineup once again. Often times, there is a significant drop in talent from starter to cuff, fortunately that is not the case here. Remember, Bell was suspended for the first two games this season and Williams was brought into the fold to fill the temporary void. During his two game span as the primary running back, Williams racked up 204 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns. He was also second in the league in rushing during those two weeks as the starter. He not only put up a solid stat line but looked revitalized. Williams will serve as the primary back for the remainder of the season and should be your first priority in your waiver wire claim this week. Going forward he should continue to display solid RB1 numbers and will prove to be a valuable addition to your rosters.

Jeremy Langford (Chicago Bears, RB): In the wake of another injury to a running back in Week 9, Langford has been slated to take on the lead role this week. It is important to note, Matt Forte’s injury is not season ending, but an MCL sprain that could keep him out for at least one week. There has been no official timetable released, nonetheless, Forte owners should be putting in a claim for Langford this week. Throughout the season, Langford has already seen some goal line action, which bodes well for fantasy owners. The fourth round rookie has displayed glimpses of promise throughout the season when called upon and will now get his opportunity as a full-fledged starter under the Monday Night Lights.

Stevie Johnson/Malcolm Floyd (San Diego Chargers, WRs): The Chargers officially placed wide receiver Keenan Allen on injured reserve on Tuesday. Allen was putting together an extraordinary 2015 campaign as second in the NFL in receiving yards. The next man up in the chargers receiving corps will be Stevie Johnson and Malcolm Floyd. Each of these wide receivers will receive a significant increase in workload this week. The Chargers run a high-octane offense led by Phillip Rivers and both will be the primary beneficiaries of this pass happy offense. Having missed two games with a hamstring injury, Johnson has recorded 24 receptions and two touchdowns thus far. Look for those numbers to increase exponentially as he has developed a rapport with Rivers. On the other hand, Floyd will also receive an increase in the workload while serving as the team’s primary deep threat. Floyd has recorded 21 receptions and three touchdowns this season. Going into Monday Night’s matchup against the Bears, they will be facing a secondary that has been more than generous to receivers this season. I would recommend putting in a waiver claim for both receivers this week. Johnson and Floyd will serve as solid flex play options this week.

Source: NFL Fantasy Live and ESPN Fantasy Football Now

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