Fantasy football sleepers: QB - Week 8

by Cory J. Bonini on October 27, 2011 @ 07:49:20 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.

Note: All statistics are from Week 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

NEW - Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Hasselbeck and the Titans' O took a step back last week, knocking the slinger's averages down to 195.3 passing yards, 1.67 touchdowns and 1.33 picks per game.
  • At least the Titans reminded us they're willing to chuck the rock often when needed. Against the Colts, that in all likelihood won't be a need to come back, but instead it'll be taking advantage of a leaky secondary. The Colts have yielded 283.3 passing yards with 2.75 aerial scores per game while not picking off a pass. The Titans ain't the New Orleans Saints, but they're no slouches in the launching game.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton
Seattle slew for Dalton?

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The rookie signal caller has averaged 247.0 yards, 1.33 touchdown passes and 1.00 interceptions thrown per game. He has been sacked, on average, 1.3 times per contest and is completing 63.4 percent of his throws.
  • Seattle has given up 296.3 passing yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to the quarterback position. The 'Hawks have picked off an average of 1.33 interceptions and have taken down enemy passers 2.7 times per game. Quarterbacks have completed 62.1 percent of their throws.
  • Cedric Benson will serve his one-game suspension this week, which could force Dalton to pass more if the Bernard Scott-led ground game struggles. Seattle's secondary has taken a few injury hits recently.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Flacco has completed a lousy 50.0 percent of his throws and has thrown more interceptions (1.00) than touchdowns (0.33) per game. He is being taken down, on average, 2.3 times per matchup. The struggling 'slinger has averaged 201.7 passing yards per game.
  • It could get better for Flacco this week with the Cardinals in town. The Arizona pass defense has been miserable this year, allowing quarterbacks to average 283.7 passing yards and 1.67 aerial touchdowns. They have not picked off a ball in the last month, while sacking QBs 1.3 times, on average.
  • Flacco is a shaky play, no doubt, but this matchup should turn around his recent fantasy regression.
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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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