Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 9

by Cory J. Bonini on November 4, 2010 @ 14:51:00 PDT


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 you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: High-end No. 3

  • Since Week 4, Wallace has averaged 2.67 receptions for 62.0 yards and 0.67 touchdowns with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. Wallace has been targeted 4.67 times per game.
  • Cincy has struggled with injuries lately, and it has shown on the field. Their per-game averages of 16.00 receptions for 200.7 yards and 1.33 touchdowns to the position all rank in the 10 worst of the league in the last month.
  • Wallace is a big-play threat and a risky fantasy play most weeks, but the matchup is clearly in his favor this go-round.

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Wide receiver Donald Driver (quadriceps) has declared himself out this week, and Nelson should be one of the primary beneficiaries of the veteran's absence. Even with Driver in the lineup, Nelson has been quite involved lately. He has averaged 4.00 receptions for 46.5 yards and 6.50 targets per game.
  • The Cowboys have been a mess on both sides of the ball in recent weeks. The Jacksonville Jaguars' David Garrard threw four scoring strikes against them last week, and Aaron Rodgers surely is a more polished passer than Dallas' Week 8 opponent. Looking at the numbers, the Cowboys have allowed 12.00 receptions, 164.8 aerial yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game to the position.

NEW - Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens

Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Nelson's involvement should increase

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Hartline has seen 21 targets over the last three weeks, including 10 in Week 8. He has converted those looks into 14 receptions for 154 yards.
  • No team has given up more fantasy points to this position over the last month than the Ravens. They're surrendering 20.00 receptions, 253.7 receiving yards and 2.33 receiving touchdowns per game - all are the most in the league.
  • Hartline should be acquired as a one-week play that is available in 94 percent of leagues polled.

Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Benn's body of work hasn't been anything special yet, but he is gaining experience and praise from his coaches. He has started three of the last four games, producing averages of 1.25 receptions for 24.0 yards without a score in that quarter-season stretch. He has been targeted 2.75 times per game in this time. Benn hauled in a 54-yard reception last week that was just shy of crossing the stripe.
  • The Falcons have allowed receivers to walk all over them in the past month. On average, wideouts have allowed the second most receptions (17.00) and receiving yards (239.7) per game while tying for second in average touchdowns allowed (2.00).

NEW - Seyi Ajirotutu, San Diego Chargers at Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Ajirotutu has caught five passes for 74 yards this year, all of it coming in the last two weeks.
  • Houston possesses one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They're giving up 13.33 receptions for 169.0 yards and 2.00 receiving touchdowns per game. They're allowing 40.7 fantasy points, in point-per-reception leagues, per game, which is the sixth most in the league.
  • Antonio Gates (foot) could miss this week. Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and Legedu Naanee (hamstring) are likely out. Buster Davis (ribs) hit Injured Reserve. Ajirotutu could be starting this weekend and is worth a one-week play, at least. He's available in almost all leagues polled.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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