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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Greg Little, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Little production, big target loads
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- As you probably know by know, Little garners a lot of attention (8.25 targets per game) from his quarterback but has not been able to convert the looks into much production (4.25 receptions per matchup). He has averaged 51.0 yards per game.
- No team in the last month has helped enemy wide receivers shine more than the Bengals (26.8 non-PPR points per game allowed). Cincy has permitted an average of 13.00 catches, 200.8 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game.
- The Bengals are without their top cornerback in Leon Hall (Achilles') for the rest of the season.
Titus Young, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Young has been targeted 5.67 times, resulting in 4.33 receptions, 51.3 yards and 0.67 scores, on average. The Lions have been forced to pass a lot lately, and Young is benefiting from solo coverage as teams double Calvin Johnson with regularity.
- Green Bay's defense has allowed 10.67 receptions, 144.0 yards and 1.67 touchdowns per game to the wide receiver position. They have given up an average of 23.7 fantasy points per game in standard scoring, which is the fourth most in the league.
- Expect a lot of passing on this Thanksgiving Day showdown.
Legedu Naanee, Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Naanee has caught 5.50 of his 7.00 average targets and has turned that into 58.0 yards per game. He hasn't found the end zone all season. The Colts are likely to focus their attention on stopping Steve Smith, leaving Naanee flying under the radar.
- Indy has yielded 8.00 receptions, 129.7 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to the position. That translates to an average of 23.3 fantasy points per game in standard scoring, which is the fifth most in the NFL.
NEW - Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- This listing rests on the health of Jeremy Maclin (shoulder, hamstring). If he can't play, Cooper would slide into the starting spot once again. He showed a connection with Vince Young, his former scout team partner, last week with 12 targets and a 5-75-1 contest.
- The Pats are the perfect opponent to help him continue his momentum: They've allowed 15.75 catches, 193.5 receiving yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game to the position. Even if Michael Vick (ribs) returns, Cooper should see plenty of looks if he starts.
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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