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.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Don't be scared
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- For as good as Cutler was in Week 1, his Week 2 performance was equally as bad. He completed a paltry 42.2 percent of his throws, lost a fumble and averaged only 5.4 yards per attempt. The Bears' offensive line allowed Cutler to be sacked six times Sunday, bringing his two-game total to 11. Ouch.
- Green Bay's pass rush is about the only thing that should worry you about Cutler this week. They have produced seven sacks through two games, including four last week against rookie Cam Newton. Even still, they have allowed the most average fantasy points per game (31.0 standard scoring) to the position in the league. To put that into perspective, Drew Brees and Cam Newton have combined to AVERAGE 425.5 yards per game against this defense. In other words, their fierce pass rush hasn't helped all too much from a fantasy perspective.
- The Packers may be without cornerback Tramon Williams (shoulder) again and definitely will not have free safety Nick Collins (neck).
Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Miami's numbers against the quarterback position are inflated from the Week 1 assault at the hands of one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. In Week 2, a more run-oriented offense of the Houston Texans still produced a 230-yard, two-touchdown, zero-interception line from Matt Schaub.
- McCoy improved his efficiency in Week 2 from his lowly Week 1 effort, but his overall body of work this season leaves something to be desired. He has three touchdown passes and one interception in two games; Brady has thrown for more yards in each of his first two starts than McCoy has on the year.
- Miami's run defense is middle of the road and should be good enough to keep the Browns' offense balanced. McCoy won't be a great play, but if you are in a desperate situation, by all means toss him into your lineup.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Dalton was efficient in his first NFL start but didn't complete the game because of a wrist injury. After a week of being questionable, the TCU product entered the starting lineup this past Sunday and didn't disappoint. He completed 65.9 percent of his throws (27-for-41 ... yup, they let him throw 41 times) for 332 yards. He threw two scoring strikes and didn't toss a pick. What may be most impressive: Dalton, often viewed as a game manager, drove the ball downfield to the tune of 8.9 yards per attempt.
- The 49ers were exposed for the fraudulent secondary that they possess. The Dallas Cowboys lit them up through the air, as Tony Romo - make that a battered Tony Romo (punctured lung) - threw for 345 yards and a pair of scores. Jon Kitna added 87 more.
- Even if cornerback Shawntae Spencer (hamstring) and free safety Dashon Goldson (knee) play in Week 3, how rusty will they be?
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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