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: Defensive teams
McClain, Raiders diehard sleepers
Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- OK, so the Bills' Week 1 effort was less than impressive and didn't live up expectations based on their strong crop of offseason acquisitions. This unit gave up 36 offensive points, 384 yards, failed to record a sack and picked off just one ill-advised Mark Sanchez pass. That effort was good for a whole two standard fantasy points scored.
- This week, the Chiefs should give Buffalo a better matchup. KC allowed three sacks and gave away the ball three times to the Atlanta Falcons. While Kansas City's offense racked up 394 yards and 24 points, there is reason to be enticed to give the home squad another shot.
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Oakland's D did a good job of limiting offensive points and yardage against the San Diego Chargers, although they failed to record a takeaway while logging only one sack. Not good. Facing rookie Ryan Tannehill, Oakland has a chance to redeem themselves.
- Miami's young quarterback threw three interceptions and took three sacks. He completed a pedestrian 55.6 percent of his throws on the day. The entire Dolphins offense managed just 275 yards without scoring a point.
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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