Fantasy Football Week 6: Getting to Know Cardinals' Back LaRod Stephens-Howling

Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIIOctober 10, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling #36 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football past defensive end Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This week in fantasy football, Arizona Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling is a sleeper to keep your eye on. He is available in most leagues, and you should grab him before your friends do.

Stephens-Howling has rushed for only one yard so far this season. So why should you pick him up?

The answer is that he will most likely be starting for the Cardinals this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Ryan Williams has been placed on injured reserve and is done for the season. Beanie Wells is also injured and will be out until at least Week 12.

With his hip finally feeling better, Stephens-Howling will likely play and start this weekend. You could not ask for a better team to come back against than the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have one of the worst defenses in the NFL and are particularly bad against the run.

Last week the Bills gave up 311 rushing yards to the San Francisco 49ers. The week before that they gave up 247 rushing yards to the New England Patriots.

In all likelihood, the Cardinals will jump out to an early lead and be looking to run the ball a lot. Stephens-Howling has an excellent shot at a 100-yard rushing day. If he can add a touchdown to that, he will have a productive fantasy day by any account.

Stephens-Howling was one of the final draft picks taken in 2009—240th overall. He has only 296 career rushing yards, but also has 442 receiving yards. He is a capable player in both the running and passing games. More importantly, the Cardinals do not have anyone better left on their roster.

Stephens-Howling will get enough carries that as long as he can perform like an average back, he will have a nice fantasy day against the porous Bills defense.

 

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