Fantasy football sleepers: QB - Week 2

by Nicholas Minnix and Cory J. Bonini on September 12, 2012 @ 15:59:52 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 1, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Indianpolis Colts QB Andrew Luck
No Luck involved here

NEW - Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Cassel turned over the ball in what was otherwise a respectable day of work for the veteran passer. He completed 63.6 percent of his throws for 258 yards and lobbed one scoring strike. He rushed four times and scored for the first time on the ground since becoming a Chief.
  • The Buffalo defense was held to high standards that they did not meet against the New York Jets in Week 1. Their failure to register a sack is the most alarming stat, and this unit picked off Mark Sanchez just once. They allowed 266 aerial yards and three touchdowns, as Sanchez completed 70.4 percent of his throws.
  • Cassel is a worthwhile play if you have a starter with a tough matchup (ah hem, Michael Vick owners).

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: 1 or bench

  • Fitzpatrick was 18-for-32 for 195 yards and three touchdowns, with three INTs, against the fairly tough New York Jets in Week 1. The Bills' passer was directing an offense in catch-up mode for much of the contest.
  • Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons torched the Chiefs' defense for 299 yards and three TDs through the air last week. Atlanta's QB also ran one in, something fantasy owners shouldn't count on from pocket passers like Ryan and Fitzpatrick.
  • Brandon Flowers (foot injury), one of KC's starting corners, was inactive last week, so if he's ready to suit up in Week 2, fantasy owners may want to temper expectations just a bit. Atlanta also has one of the most high-powered aerial games in the league now.
  • KC was tough against the run last week, and the Bills will be without Fred Jackson in Week 2, leaving pretty much all RB duties to C.J. Spiller. Buffalo, despite losing David Nelson (torn ACL) for the rest of the season, may up the tempo a bit in this game.

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants

Fantasy value: 1 or bench

  • The third-year passer was 16 of 24 for a mere 138 yards and a TD against the Carolina Panthers in the season opener, although he went without a pick. The contest was ugly for both sides for a time.
  • If Tampa Bay's capable line neutralizes the Giants' strong pass rush, Freeman will have some time to exploit the same defense that the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo hit for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Romo threw only one interception in his 29 attempts.
  • Greg Schiano will keep Tampa Bay's offense conservative, but they may have to try to keep up with a pretty potent New York attack. Freeman has weapons like Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Doug Martin at his disposal, so if necessary, the Buccaneers may be able to hang.

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy value: 1 or bench

  • In his regular season debut, Luck was 23-for-45 for 309 yards and a TD pass. He tossed three interceptions. He also took off twice, for nine yards, reminding viewers that he's a little more mobile than the average pocket passer in the NFL.
  • Minnesota remains vulnerable to the pass, as they have been in recent years. Improving signal-caller Blaine Gabbert exposed the unit in Week 1, passing for 260 yards and two TDs, without a pick, against them.
  • The rookie is more advanced in some aspects of the game than Gabbert and has more pass-attack weapons available. Reggie Wayne and Coby Fleener are above-average targets, and Donnie Avery and LaVon Brazill have plenty of speed. Indy may also get Austin Collie (concussion) back in the lineup. The Colts are unafraid to lean on their new franchise arm.
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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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