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 9 to Week 12, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Hasselbeck has averaged a mere 193.8 yards, 1.00 touchdowns and as many interceptions per game. He has completed 55.9 percent of his throws and has been sacked 1.3 times per outing.
- The Bills have permitted quarterbacks to complete 67.9 percent of their throws, resulting in averages of 210.0 yards, 2.75 touchdown strikes and just 0.50 interceptions thrown. Buffalo has recorded just two total sacks in the last four weeks.
- Hasselbeck came out of Week 12 without any setbacks to his strained forearm and should be close to 100 percent for Week 13 play.
Dan Orlovsky, Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- The winless Colts have finally given up on Curtis Painter, turning over the controls to Orlovsky. The former Detroit Lion and Houston Texan has attempted 21 passes in 2011. He has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 122 yards (5.8 yards per attempt). Orlovsky hasn't found the end zone - or the opposing team - and has been sacked twice. He lost a fumble, which fits his profile as a folly-prone passer.
- Bill Belichick's crew has improved in the last month of play, sort of. They have bent over without breaking, but their opponents have not exactly been examples of sterling passers. On average, quarterbacks have averaged 296.5 passing yards, 1.00 touchdowns and 1.75 interceptions thrown. The Pats have tallied 2.50 sacks per game, as signal callers have completed a pedestrian 55.2 percent of their attempts.
- Orlovsky is going to make mistakes. Possibly a lot of them. However, he should rack up enough yardage and possibly a touchdown or two to warrant a low-end fantasy start in cavernous setups or your secondary option in two-QB leagues.
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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