Fantasy Football sleepers: QB - Week 4

by Cory J. Bonini on September 29, 2011 @ 15:07:22 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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

NEW - Eli Manning, New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • The healthy Manning brother completed 16 of 23 tosses in Week 3 for 254 yards and four touchdowns against a spotty Philadelphia Eagles defense. For what it's worth, he has topped 220 aerial yards in each game this season and has thrown all six of his TDs over the last two contests. The Giants will have a little more firepower in their passing game if Victor Cruz can emerge as a stable threat alongside Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham (concussion).
  • He should continue his success against a vulnerable Arizona secondary. This D typically plays better at home, but they've allowed 294.7 passing yards and 1.33 throwing scores per game. Imagine what those numbers would've been like if they had played someone besides the Seattle Seahawks last week
Jason Campbell, QB, Oakland Raiders
Pats will force Campbell to pass

Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Three weeks in, Orton has yet to post a strong performance for fantasy owners in 2011. That could easily change this week against the Packers. Orton is averaging 224.0 passing yards, 1.67 touchdowns and 1.00 interceptions per game in this young season. His top wideout, Brandon Lloyd (groin), should be much closer to 100 percent this week.
  • Green Bay has permitted enemy 'slingers to average 384.3 passing yards and 2.33 total scores per game through three weeks.
  • The Packers could really stick it to the Broncos' D this week, so Orton my find himself playing catch-up much of the day. Garbage points win fantasy games just as well as any other fashion of scoring.

Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Campbell hasn't been all too bad this year; he is relied on as a game manager to orchestrate around the Raiders' power-running game. He has averaged only 194.7 passing yards and just a score per game, but he hasn't committed many mistakes (only one interception thrown in three outings). Campbell has completed a healthy 65.9 percent of his attempts and is one week removed from a 323-yard, two-TD performance against another weak secondary in Buffalo.
  • It is rare to see anyone endorse Campbell as a playable fantasy option, but the Patriots' pass defense is downright atrocious. Quarterbacks have averaged 387.7 passing yards and 2.00 touchdowns per contest against them this year. They have also given up one ground score in total.
  • The Raiders will try their best to control the tempo of the game by way of Darren McFadden's legs, but they are going to have to throw the football - possibly a lot. The Patriots' strength on offense is their passing game, and Oakland's weak spot on D is their aerial defense. Even the Buffalo Bills' mediocre receiving corps was able to exploit the Pats while playing in comeback mode.

Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • McNabb has been bad ... we know. Even though we do not expect him to post fantastic numbers, a quality fantasy spot play isn't out of the question. If you're keeping track of this sort of thing, he has averaged a mere 159.3 passing yards and 0.67 passing scores per game. That isn't going to get it done for fantasy owners.
  • In what could be good measure of just how bad McNabb may be the rest of the year, the lowly Chiefs are next on the schedule. You can bet they will spend most of their time focusing on holding Adrian Peterson in check. McNabb will have opportunities to capitalize on this. For the record, the Chiefs have surrendered an average of 265.3 passing yards and 2.67 aerial touchdowns per matchup this year.
  • Cornerback Brandon Flowers (ankle) isn't likely to play, and free safety Eric Berry was previously lost for the season with a knee injury. The Chiefs, whose defense is predicated on getting to the quarterback from the linebacker position, have posted only three total sacks on the year. The Vikes will do everything they can to help left tackle Charlie Johnson against outside 'backer Tamba Hali, KC's only real threat for a pass rush.
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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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