In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football
sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
All statistics are from Week 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
Chansi Stuckey, Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Make sure Maclin is in your lineup
- Despite suffering from a shoulder sprain and nagging plantar fasciitis, Maclin should be able to play in Week 14. He has recorded at least four catches in eight of his last 10 games.
- The Giants have been small in stature against this position, having allowed 13.33 catches, 157.0 yards and 1.67 touchdown grabs per contest. Their secondary has been patchwork for most of the season due to injuries and ineptitude.
- The rook notched four receptions, 47 yards and a touchdown grab in his Week 8 meeting with New York.
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
Chaz Schilens, Oakland Raiders vs. Washington Redskins
- Stuckey has benefited during Brady Quinn's second stint as starter this year; the wideout has seen his first legitimate work in the last three weeks, totaling 12 catches for 143 yards and a score. He ranks second among Browns wideouts in targets (20) in the last three weeks.
- The Steelers, expected to once again be without strong safety Troy Polamalu (knee), have felt his loss. They've allowed 12.00 receptions, 192.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to this position.
- Stuckey probably will avoid drawing physical Steelers corner Ike Taylor, meaning he'll have more opportunities to use his speed.
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Wait ... is that a passing game we see on the other side of the Bay? Bruce Gradkowski's quarterback tenure has opened things up on the outside, as Louis Murphy will attest to. Schilens hasn't been a slouch, either; he has tied with Murphy for the most targets (13) among wideouts in the last two weeks.
- The physical Schilens will have a chance to push around the 'Skins, who've allowed 10.25 catches, 168.5 yards and 1.50 scoring catches per game to wideouts.
- Cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee) remains questionable but is not expected to play in Week 14. Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot have had trouble holding down the fort against receivers.
NEW - Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- As the Niners have expanded their use of the spread offense, Morgan has become more involved; he has 17 targets in the last two games in recording 12 catches, 99 yards and a score.
- The Cards have shown vulnerability in the secondary, allowing 15.50 receptions, 215.0 yards and 0.50 touchdown grabs to wideouts per game.
- The Niners' No. 2 wideout hauled in three catches for 38 yards in Week 1 versus Arizona but compiled four catches, 54 yards and a score in Week 10 against them last season.
Captain Morgan has increased work and value with San Fran's ballooning aerial game. He's available for pickup in 86 percent of polled leagues, though ideally as a one-week play.
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