Fantasy football sleepers: QB - Week 2

by Cory J. Bonini on September 15, 2011 @ 16:44:20 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.

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Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith

Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Grossman made this list last week against an injury-depleted New York Giants' defense, and we feel lightning will strike again. The Cardinals' secondary has been ravaged with ailments and lost players. To say the Carolina Panthers took advantage of this last week is truly an understatement.
  • Sexy Rexy threw for 305 yards and two scores against the G-men last week, and there is no reason to think he can't at least do the same in Week 2. He found comfort in tight end Fred Davis (5-105-0), as well as wideouts Anthony Armstrong and Jabar Gaffney - the recipients of his scoring strikes.
  • Arizona, as you may have heard by now, was torched by Cam Newton in his debut. He threw for 422 yards, passed in two scores and rushed for another.

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Smith didn't post fantasy-worthy stats in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, because he was asked to be efficient and not make mistakes. He completed 75.0 percent of his throws (15-for-20) for 124 yards and rushed for a touchdown. He didn't throw a pick or lose a fumble.
  • This week, he gets a Dallas pass defense that has been pushed to the brink by injuries in the secondary. Terence Newman (groin) may not play this week, and fellow cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder, knee) will not be 100 percent if he goes. Orlando Scandrick, the nickel back, has been lost for up to a month with an ankle injury. The Cowboys were desperate enough to sign Frank Walker this week ... need we go on?
  • Dallas' defense was beaten up to the tune of 335 passing yards and two touchdowns to New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 1. They managed to pick off a pass and recover a fumble.
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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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