Week 12 Start Em Sit Em: C.J. Spiller and Sleeper RBs Who Need to Start

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 26, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nick Laham/Getty Images

With all of the bye weeks in the rear-view mirror, you would think that the need for sleepers on your fantasy football roster would begin to dwindle.

That actually isn't the case. With injuries piling up on teams across the league, the need for sleepers is bigger than ever.

In fact, these sleepers may be more important with the playoffs rolling around.

One of the thinnest positions in any fantasy league is running back. It's the one where sleepers are the most important.

Here are three sleeper running backs who need to start this weekend.


C.J. Spiller (Buffalo Bills)

Fred Jackson has absolutely trucked opponents all season and become known as one of the young studs at the running back position in the league.

Now, with Jackson out, Spiller will get the opportunity to run behind the line that was opening things up for Jackson all year.

This year, Spiller has played well in his limited action. His 5.5 yard-per-carry average is actually the same as Jackson's.

Spiller is more of a big-play threat than Jackson. It's that big-play threat that makes him a must-start against the Jets this weekend.

The Bills won't move the ball well through the air. The Jets have struggled much more against the run this year.

All it takes is one big run from Spiller to make this start worthwhile. I would bet on him getting it.


Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals)

Cedric Benson is a consistently average fantasy running back.

He rarely puts up gaudy numbers but always gets enough carries to make him valuable enough to keep on your fantasy roster.

This week, he needs to start due to the matchup presented.

The Cleveland Browns boast the top-ranked passing defense in the league. However, they also have the 29th-ranked rushing defense.

The Bengals are going to run the ball heavy.

In Week 1 against the Browns, Benson had his best day this season. He rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Don't be surprised to see a similar showing this week.


DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers)

The Carolina Panthers have really put the pressure on Cam Newton to carry this team to victory every week.

This week, that task should be easier than usual since the Panthers take on the Indianapolis Colts.

Once the team gets a lead, I would expect them to run the ball much more than they typically do.

The Colts have the 31st-ranked rushing defense for a reason. Teams get a lead and just run them over to close the deal.

Williams' typical 10 carries could go up to as many as 15 or even 20. Against this Colts team, a 100-yard performance is possible.