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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Tebow and Thomas in sync
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
Fantasy value: High-end No. 2
- Thomas has been a go-to target for Tim Tebow the past two weeks, logging 20 total targets, including 13 a week ago. The young wideout snared six passes for 65 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime in Week 14. He has averaged 3.25 receptions on 6.75 targets per game, leading to averages of 64.8 yards and 0.75 touchdowns.
- The Pats have allowed receivers to average 34.5 points per contest in standard scoring, which marks the second most points surrendered to the position. Wideouts have averaged 17.00 receptions, 250.5 yards and 1.50 scores per matchup.
Devin Aromashodu, Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Aromashodu has been targeted 8.50 times per game, catching 3.00 for 49.3 yards, on average. Even though Christian Ponder was benched last week for poor play, he is expected to start in Week 14. DA provides a large target and is a red zone target despite having failed to find the end zone in the last month.
- The Saints' opponents have averaged 30.7 fantasy points per game in standard scoring setups. That is the third most allowed in the last four weeks; it stems from averages of 15.00 catches, 259.7 yards and 1.00 touchdowns allowed.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- DHB suffered what appears to be a minor heel injury last week, so monitor his status as the week progresses. Heyward-Bey, who battled his own hands last week, has been more involved lately, partly because of the injuries around him at the position - yet another area to be concerned with. The speedy wideout has averaged 8.50 targets, converting 4.00 times per game for 46.5 yards and 0.25 scores.
- Detroit has given up 13.25 grabs, 176.5 receiving yards and 1.50 end zone trips per outing. The 26.8 standard points per game allowed ranks tied for the fifth most allowed to the position.
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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