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Ray takes a look at some Week 9 sleepers that could help you win your fantasy matchup this week, including Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe and others.

Kyle Rivas

This weekly feature will take a look at some sleepers at each position who could help fantasy teams win their weekly matchup. To determine the sleepers, I will be using the fantasy points allowed at each position statistics, courtesy of AsktheCommish.com.

For week 9, I will use the fantasy points allowed this season, so we are getting a good idea as to which team defenses are allowing the most fantasy points at each position.

Teams on bye: Atlanta, Buffalo, Detroit, Green Bay, Chicago, Tennessee

Sleeper Performance: Week 8

Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs Eagles - 20-42, 329 yards, 2 TDs

Running Back: Jerick McKinnon, Viking vs Buccaneers - 16 rushes for 83 yards, 0 TDs

Wide Receiver: Percy Harvin, Jets vs Bills -  4 rushes, 28 yards, 3 receptions, 22 yards, 0 TDs

Tight End: Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs Rams - 4 receptions, 45 yards, 0 TDs

Fantasy Points Allowed: Year to Date

Below you will find a table (courtesy of Ask the Commish) that lists, by team defense, the fantasy points each team defense has allowed to opposing quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

I have selected my sleeper picks based on the fantasy points allowed through the first eight weeks of the season, assuming the trend (allowing more fantasy points) continues.

Rank

Team

Points (QBs)

Points (RBs)

Points (WRs)

Points (TEs)

Total

1

Lions

106.53

114.6

130.8

41.7

436.63

2

Chiefs

107.42

94.2

136.6

65

441.22

3

Dolphins

113.5

130.9

134.99

45.99

467.39

4

49ers

118.6

93.99

179.59

47.9

471.1

5

Seahawks

112.37

109.69

123.4

76.5

471.7

6

Broncos

135.2

106.79

137.69

63.79

476.49

7

Chargers

139.69

144.39

166.69

29.2

501.99

8

Cardinals

133.38

74.9

207.39

54.19

502.87

9

Rams

142.99

116.9

170.69

34.6

504.19

10

Ravens

133.54

94.9

190.4

42.09

506.94

11

Bills

126.73

95.09

179.7

51.39

510.93

12

Cowboys

131.85

120.49

129.19

91.89

518.45

13

Bengals

124.84

154.69

106.8

85.2

527.54

14

Eagles

146.31

135.49

173.09

27.79

527.71

15

Vikings

111.62

165.69

165.6

35.8

528.72

16

Browns

118.38

152

159.49

48.9

528.78

17

Raiders

120.22

158.7

137.3

55.79

532.02

18

Giants

123.67

161.29

137.39

68.3

534.07

19

Patriots

131.69

179.8

129.8

71

555.3

20

Packers

144.9

158.79

154.6

49.79

562.1

21

Saints

140.53

138.9

186.79

27.69

566.93

22

Steelers

134.31

134

146

77.39

567.71

23

Redskins

170.02

103.1

180.89

69.8

578.31

24

Colts

144.09

154.59

165.89

81.9

580.49

25

Buccaneers

142.38

144.5

202.47

50.3

599.65

26

Texans

143.07

156.1

204.01

52.19

609.39

27

Jaguars

143.1

140.79

174.3

82.19

610.4

28

Titans

130.45

174.7

164.31

74.2

610.67

29

Panthers

157.21

182.69

197.4

42.4

640.72

30

Bears

169.81

126.49

172.9

97.59

641.81

31

Jets

178.35

113.29

200.99

89.8

644.45

32

Falcons

140.39

216.5

192.9

38.2

654


Week 9 Sleepers

Quarterback

Alex Smith, Chiefs vs Jets

Smith faces off against a Jets team that ranks last in total points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and has given up 22 touchdown passes in 8 games thus far. Need I say more? The guys at numberFire project him to score 18 points this week, but there is a chance for more vs this defense.

Running Back

Ben Tate, Browns vs Buccaneers

Tate faces off against the Buccaneers defense that ranks 20th in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, giving up 20 points per game. Tate struggled last week vs the Raiders running for just 26 yards on 15 carries, but he did get into the end zone, and he has a good chance at doing the same this week vs the Buccaneers porous D.

Wide Receiver

Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs Jets

The Chiefs are playing at home facing the worst pass defense in the NFL, giving up 22 touchdown passes thus far, five more than any other team. The Jets defense is giving up 25 fantasy points per game vs opposing wide receivers this season, and Bowe is due to get into the end zone this week.

Tight End

Owen Daniels, Ravens vs Steelers

Daniels is coming off a big game last week vs the Falcons, catching six of his nine targets for 58 yards and a touchdown. This week he gets to face the Steelers defense that ranks 26th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.

John Carlson, Cardinals vs Cowboys

Carlson has a good matchup vs a Cowboys defense that ranks 31st in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends this season.

Fantasy Rundown

If you are looking for more sleepers, and Week 7 rankings, make sure you check out Fantasy Rundown, your one site on the internet for all things fantasy.