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 12 to Week 15, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Ben Obomanu, Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Obomanu was targeted seven times in his Week 15 return but only caught one pass for seven yards. His mere three grabs in his last two games have contributed to his stock downfall with Mike X. Williams' return.
- The Bucs' secondary, however, has been vulnerable with cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) on Injured Reserve and could still give Seattle wideouts points this week. The Bucs have allowed 12.50 catches, 146.5 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to wideouts.
Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Cover 2 favors Cotchery
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- Benn has received more attention from Josh Freeman since Week 11 in the form of 22 targets (two in the red zone). He hasn't been able to capitalize on those looks besides his big Week 14.
- The Seahawks' secondary is dealing with an injured Marcus Trufant (back) and erratic play. They've allowed 9.50 catches, 127.3 yards and 1.50 touchdowns to this position per week.
- Benn is worth a one-week rental off your waiver wire.
Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets at Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Cotchery earned 12 looks from Mark Sanchez in Week 14 but didn't earn a single target in Week 15. His role, needless to say, is erratic and based on matchups.
- His upcoming tilt with 'Da Bears is one that could be exploited for those who need to dig. Chicago has allowed 1.75 catches, 174.3 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts. The Jets will probably have a tough time running against Chicago and might rely on short-range passing, which is the way to attack a Cover 2 defense, more often to move the ball.
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