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
NEW - Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- With Andre Johnson (hamstring) out for the next few weeks, Jones will start in his place. Jones (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, but there aren't strong indications yet that he won't play. Keep an eye out.
- If he goes, he has a chance to abuse an Oakland Raiders secondary that has allowed 14.50 catches for 179.5 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game to wideouts.
- Jones is worth an addition for every wideout-hungry fantasy owner, but his prime window for contribution likely is connected with how long Johnson is out.
Crabtree showing flashes
Preston Parker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Parker has averaged 4.00 receptions (on 5.25 targets), 55.8 yards and 0.25 scores per game since the season began. He works out of the slot and has benefited from Mike Williams drawing extra coverage. The Bucs will have some room to spread the ball around in the passing game this week, and it may be tough sledding on the ground against the Niners. Expect a lot of short passes to help make up for it.
- The 49ers are tied for the fifth most fantasy points per game allowed (25.5) in 2011. They have given up averages of 12.25 receptions for 189.8 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per outing to the wide receiver position.
- Parker is a low-end choice in point-per-reception setups and should be viewed as a worthwhile waiver wire acquisition if you need a one-week play.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Crabtree started to show signs of life in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-68-0). He was targeted nine times last week and six the week before. Braylon Edwards (knee) isn't expected to play again.
- Tampa Bay has allowed 13.00 catches for 200.8 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to the receiver position through the last four weeks.
- We don't think Crabtree is going to light the fantasy world ablaze anytime soon, but a flex-worthy Week 5 showing is in the cards. His best value is in PPR leagues.
Patrick Crayton, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Vincent Jackson (leg), Antonio Gates (foot) and Malcom Floyd (groin, shoulder) are banged up; Gates probably won't play this week. The Chargers have thrown a lot of passes to their running backs, but this week could involve Crayton more than usual.
- The Broncos have surrendered the second most fantasy points (standard scoring) per game with 30.0 to the wide receiver position. This stems from giving up 15.50 receptions for 213.5 yards and 1.75 touchdowns per contest.
- Crayton is a possession receiver through and through, so you are probably best to target him in PPR formats. He may catch four of five balls and go for 60 or 70 yards, but as a flex player, you could do much worse. Bye weeks often force fantasy owners into playing the matchups, and it doesn't get much more appealing than going against the Broncos.
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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