Fantasy Football Sleepers: Kaepernick gets the call

Cameron Jourdan

Sports Blogger



Here’s how the sleepers for last week scored. Scoring is based off ESPN Fantasy standard scoring


Alex Smith: 12 points

Jeremy Hill: 13 points

Tyler Lockett: 5 points

Gary Barnidge: 4 points

Steven Hauschka: 9 points

Kansas City Chiefs: 13 points


Week 9 picks


Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Last week’s points: 16, This week’s projected: 19

Have you considered starting Colin Kaepernick this week? You should. (Football Schedule, Flickr)
Have you considered starting Colin Kaepernick this week? You should. (Football Schedule, Flickr)

Kaepernick has completed only 29-of-63 passes since he took over the 49ers starting job. His numbers should go up, as the 49ers go against a Saints’ defense that gives up the most passing yards in the league to opposing quarterbacks. Combined with Kaepernick’s ability to scramble, he could put up big numbers Sunday.


Running Back: Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

Last week’s points: 12, This week’s projected: 11

Murray was on the field for only 38 percent of Oakland’s offensive snaps in its latest game against Tampa Bay, his lowest outing of the season. Murray is going to get more touches as he returns from injury, so his production is going to go up. Murray is a worthy play Sunday as a flex option.


Wide Receiver: Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets

Last week’s points: 15, This week’s projected: 13

Enunwa ranks 22nd in points per game among fantasy wide receivers halfway through the season, averaging 13 points per game. Touchdowns in consecutive games and an upcoming game against a Miami defense that has allowed the tenth-most fantasy points and 11th-most touchdowns per game to receivers makes Enunwa a WR1 on Sunday.


Tight End: Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Last week’s points: 10, This week’s projected: 13

The Titans have given up the eighth-most fantasy points and fourth-most yards per game to tight ends this season. This makes Gates a must-start on Sunday as a tight end or a flex play in some leagues.


Kicker: Robbie Gould, New York Giants

Last week’s points: 5, This week’s projected: 8

Gould started strong in his New York debut, making his lone field goal attempt and making both PAT’s. Gould made 33-of-39 field goals last season, so he is one of the most accurate kickers in the league. Gould should continue this trend Sunday with the Giants.


Defense: Dallas Cowboys

Last week’s points: 7, This week’s projected: 8

The Cowboys have yet to produce a double-digit fantasy scoring game on defense, but this is almost sure to change against a Browns’ defense which has given up double-digit scoring to fantasy defenses six out of their eight games. The Cowboys are a defense that could score high Sunday.

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