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 Weeks 1 and 2, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A chance to get on track
Fantasy value: 1
- The Cards got it done at home against the Seattle Seahawks and their rookie QB (three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery). Impressively, they took their act on the road, against no less an opponent than the New England Patriots. Against the Pats, they racked up four sacks and an INT en route to a big upset.
- The Eagles are 2-0, but their struggles in certain aspects of the game to begin 2012 are well-documented. Michael Vick has received the brunt of it, with good reason: He's taken four sacks, thrown six - yes, six - picks and fumbled three times (losing one).
- Philadelphia will travel to University of Phoenix Stadium - as implied, already a tough a place to play for opponents. The visitors may be without Jeremy Maclin (hip), and a couple of other wideouts of theirs are banged up as well.
- The Cardinals may not have been on owners' radar yet because of modest fantasy point totals, but it's a squad loaded with playmakers. This D's ability to stifle its opponents and get to the QB so often is a positive sign and a big reason that you should try to acquire it, if it's available on your wire.
New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: 1 or bench
- The Saints are reeling after two defeats to open the 2012 season. The first of them came at home to the Washington Redskins, against whom they managed a solitary sack. As you've heard, the D has largely been responsible for this poor start.
- The Chiefs may have the tonic to cure all ills. The Week 3 visitor is 0-2, too, thanks to shellackings at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills. Matt Cassel has tried to do too much because of his O's slow starts and his D's porous nature. The QB has tossed three INTs and lost two fumbles this season.
- KC turned the ball over one other time, in Week 2, and they gave up a special teams TD to the Bills, on a punt return.
- In both of their losses, the Chiefs fell behind quickly thanks to shoddy efforts from its own D, and its offense isn't equipped to play catch-up. The Saints, in case you aren't aware, have an offense built to jump out to quick leads. New Orleans has an opportunity to catch its breath a bit at the Superdome and take its opportunities to tee off on Cassel and the Chiefs.
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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