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 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Palmer will air it out
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Sanchez has completed 60.5 percent of his throws, averaging 201.3 passing yards, 1.67 touchdowns and 0.67 interceptions thrown. He has been sacked 1.3 times per contest, and Sanchez has scored one rushing touchdown on the ground in his last three games.
- New England's woes against the pass haven't improved much recently. They are allowing 310.7 passing yards and 1.67 touchdowns. The Pats have intercepted three total passes in as many games of late, and they have averaged 2.3 QB takedowns per game.
- Sanchez threw a pair of touchdowns against the Patriots in Week 5, and he tossed three scoring strikes in two separate games against them last year (including playoffs).
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Palmer threw three touchdowns and as many picks in his first start of the season in Week 9. He drove the ball downfield (9.5 yards per attempt) and threw for 332 yards against the Denver Broncos. Palmer, however, has chucked six interceptions in roughly six quarters of play in 2011.
- San Diego has permitted the third most average fantasy points (22.3) per game to the position, but much of that came from Aaron Rodgers' four-touchdown performance a week ago. On average, passers have thrown for 227.0 yards, 2.67 touchdowns and 1.00 interceptions per outing. Quarterbacks have completed 63.7 percent of their throws.
- Darren McFadden (foot) is out Thursday, so the Raiders may rely heavily on an aerial attack this week.
NEW - Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Ponder played these Packers in Week 7; his dismal 13-for-32 completion rate hardly bode well, but he added two touchdowns to somewhat counteract the two picks and sacks he penalized fantasy players with ... if anyone played him. Now, he's coming off a bye and should be in a better state to command the offense. Minny will probably have to play catch-up on the road against the undefeated Pack.
- Green Bay is still a haven for opposing passers, having allowed 310.7 passing yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to them. They've picked off 2.0 passes per game, too, but there's still enough reason to be optimistic about starting a passer against them. With all teams playing this week, Ponder is more of a QB2, but a serviceable one.
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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