Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 16

by Cory J. Bonini on December 22, 2011 @ 20:39:16 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 12 to Week 15, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd
Floyd leading the charge

Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3

  • In his last three games, Floyd has averaged 4.00 targets, catching 3.67 for 77.7 yards and 0.67 scores per outing. Defenses have paid a lot of attention to Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, which has freed up Floyd to have his way with defenses. He has scored twice from at least 28 yards in the last three weeks.
  • The Lions have been hospitable to enemy receivers by giving up 15.25 receptions, 203.8 yards and 1.50 touchdowns per matchup. Look for their focus to be on stopping Gates and Jackson like most other teams; furthermore, Detroit may once again be without free safety Louis Delmas (knee).

Steve Breaston, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Breaston showed signs of life last week in Kyle Orton's first start with the Chiefs. The entire passing game seems to be more competent with the veteran passer at the helm, and the division-rival Raiders will turn their attention to Dwayne Bowe, who should draw Stanford Routt. This allows Breaston to work the middle of the field.
  • Oakland has allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to the position in standard scoring. This stems from giving up per-game averages of 13.00 catches, 214.3 yards and 1.75 scoring strikes.
  • This Chiefs' possession receiver caught five passes for 64 yards in Week 7 versus the Raiders, and he makes for a better PPR option.

Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Jeremy Maclin is starting to get back into the swing of things and should begin to command more defensive attention again. The Cowboys have demonstrated the preference to let the underneath receivers of the Eagles beat them instead of giving up big plays to Maclin and DeSean Jackson. Avant has averaged 6.00 targets, catching half. He has also posted 40.0 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game.
  • Dallas has permitted only 11.00 catches per game, but they are allowing 16.5 yards per reception to the position. Receivers have scored 0.75 times while averaging 181.8 receiving yards per matchup.
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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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