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Five Fantasy Football Sleepers For Week 9

November 1, 2019
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns Oct. 31 as the San Francisco 49ers stayed perfect and beat the Arizona Cardinals, 28-25. However, running back Tevin Coleman had just 23 yards on 12 carries ... sigh. Let's be honest, we all saw this coming from Coleman after his four touchdowns Oct. 27. That's what his entire career has been, but with Matt Breida not fully practicing all week, we thought maybe, just maybe … but noooooo! 

Tight end George Kittle did his thing, and the move to the bay has made receiver Emmanuel Sanders a must start weekly now. Receiver Christian Kirk was a dud. Quarterback Kyler Murray was passable. Running back Kenyan Drake was the guy we always thought he could be; he had 15 rushes for 115 yards and a touchdown -- we just didn't expect it since he had only been a Cardinal for about 36 hours.

Here are five players I expect to have solid fantasy days who may be slightly off your radar:

1. Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets

The Dolphins are not good. Darnold has not been good. So something has to give, right? I will side with Darnold. If you are in a bye week or injury pickle, Darnold should -- again, should -- be safe for 250 and a couple of touchdown passes.

2. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Maybe this is me trying to talk something into existence, so humor me. Carr has been really, really good the last few weeks. Receiver Tyrell Williams is back, and the matchup against the Lions is darn good. I think he has top-10 potential this weekend.

3. Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

Tra Carson started last week. Yep Tra, not Tre nor Tay, but Tra started. Well, wasn’t that just a kick in the ... but I digress. If you look closely, Johnson had two solid runs of more than 15 yards called back, and he should have had a touchdown. You spent all your FAAB money on him, so let’s fire him up.

4. Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

With Marquise Lee gone to injured reserve and Dede Westbrook iffy at best against the Houston Texans in London Nov. 3, Conley, who has seen 15 targets the past two weeks and scored in Week 8, should be the focus of the Jaguars' passing attack. Houston could be without its top corner, Jonathan Joseph, as well.

5. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

I feel like I have to put a TE on this list weekly because TE is just a mess this season. Eric Ebron popped up on the injury list after practice Oct. 31, so if he is limited, Doyle could see more targets in the red zone.

Sleeper defenses: Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys

Need a kicker? Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo Bills

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