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: Wide receivers
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Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- The rookie put up monster numbers in Week 2 and scored on a 23-yard reverse the following game. For the year, he is averaging 11.00 standard fantasy points, 3.00 receptions, 76.0 offensive yards and 0.67 total scores per game (didn't record any stats in Week 1).
- New England has allowed 16.00 receptions for 264.7 yards and 1.33 receiving scores per game to the position this year.
- Moore is likely to be utilized heavily this week as the Raiders figure to be in position to play some catch-up football against the Patriots. Head coach Hue Jackson is looking to involve Moore in, well, more ways to utilize his explosive playmaking talents.
Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- The Redskins could be without wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), which would mean more looks for Gaffney, who is averaging 4.33 receptions, on 7.00 targets, 58.7 receiving yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game.
- St. Louis is without their top cornerback in Ronald Bartell (neck) for the season, and corner Justin King may not be 100 percent this week after suffering a stinger in Week 3. The Rams have given up averages of 11.67 receptions, 180.7 receiving yards and 2.00 aerial scores per game to the wide receiver position this year.
Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Doucet, a possession receiver, is emerging as one of Kevin Kolb's trusted options when Larry Fitzgerald is blanketed. He hauled in five balls for 50 yards last week. Doucet has been targeted an average of 5.00 times per game this year and has one score, a 70-yard touchdown against broken coverage in Week 1.
- The Giants are allowing a 13.67-202.0-1.00 line to receivers though three games. They have suffered several injuries in the secondary and may direct most of their attention to Larry Fitzgerald. If the Giants' strong pass rush gets to Kolb early, look for a lot of short throws, which benefits Doucet.
Andre Caldwell, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Caldwell stepped into the starting lineup last week after Jerome Simpson was benched for potentially being at fault for an off-the-field incident that involved copious amounts of marijuana being delivered to his home. Caldwell caught six balls for 53 yards; he found the end zone in Week 2.
- The Bills aren't exactly pushovers on defense, but they can be had through the air. They have allowed 12.00 receptions for 172.3 yards and 1.00 aerial scores per game to the position this year.
- Andy Dalton will continue to experience ups and downs, but he could rely on Caldwell for underneath routes, especially if the team's running game were to struggle without Cedric Benson (looming suspension). The Bengals would then look to make the short-passing game an extension of the run, and that benefits Caldwell. Simpson could be lost for an indefinite period of time, too, so target Caldwell on your wire.
NEW - Patrick Crayton, San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Crayton could be worth a waiver wire addition in the near future. Antonio Gates (foot) might have to miss an extended period starting this weekend. Malcom Floyd (groin) seemingly accrues more injuries than catches. Crayton should get more reps given his teammates' dings.
- A dance with Miami's pass defense is a great time to start reaping those benefits. The Dolphins have been torched by the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns, allowing 12.33 catches, 192.7 yards and 1.67 touchdown grabs per game so far.
- San Diego might not be throwing as much as they usually do in this game, but Philip Rivers values Crayton's consistency. Given Miami's effectiveness versus the run, Crayton could be used as an extension of the running game.
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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