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.
Note: All statistics are from Week 3 to Week 6, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Cut Cutler a break
Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Cassel is coming off his bye week and has a prime opportunity to capitalize on his four-TD Week 5 performance against the Indianapolis Colts. He has completed 68.3 percent of his throws, averaging 231.0 yards, 2.33 touchdowns and 0.33 interceptions along the way in his last three games after a slow start to the season.
- While most of Cassel's production game against a weak Colts defense, the Raiders' D isn't far off in terms of ineptitude. The Silver and Black have allowed quarterbacks to average 306.5 passing yards and 2.25 total touchdowns. Oakland has intercepted only three passes in their last four games.
- The Chiefs could look to jump out to an early lead with a pass-heavy game plan to put the possibly Carson Palmer-led Raiders' offense in a tough spot. Cassel and Dwayne Bowe are on the same page once again, and the bye week gave KC more time to prepare for Oakland.
NEW - Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- McCoy has completed just 55.8 percent of his passes this year, but he's coming off a 21-for-45, 215-yard, two-touchdown Week 6 that showcased the passing offense's promise. Greg Little looks like a legit threat as Cleveland's newest starting receiver, and McCoy still has several serviceable receiving options to work with outside of the rookie.
- Seattle, who lost cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) for the season and has struggled in general against the pass, has allowed 321.0 aerial yards with 1.67 touchdowns per game to opposing throwers in their last three games.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Cutler is averaging 230.0 passing yards, 1.25 touchdowns and 0.75 interceptions per game. He has completed 64.2 percent of his throws and has been sacked only twice per contest, on average. The Bears protect Cutler well enough to get by when they commit to the running game - something you can be sure Lovie Smith will continue to demand of Mike Martz.
- Tampa Bay has allowed 299.8 yards and 1.75 touchdowns per game through the air to the position. They have picked off one pass on a weekly average and reached the quarterback twice per game.
- Cutler probably won't post tremendous numbers, but he should be at least competent with for owners looking to survive a bye week that takes Michael Vick, Tom Brady, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eli Manning out of lineups.
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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