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 through 3, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
Freeman should ride high
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- By default, fantasy players will be more inclined to start the vet following his four-touchdown day against the Denver Broncos. He's thrown just one pick in 96 attempts this year.
- A chunk was taken out of Schaub's ear Sunday. He should do the same to the Titans' friendly secondary, which has yielded a ridiculous 76.3 completion percentage along with 323.3 aerial yards and 2.67 touchdown tosses in matchups against Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Detroit's Matthew Stafford-Shaun Hill combo.
- Jordan Babineaux moving to strong safety might help Tennessee improve their defense, but it won't be enough to discourage you from using Schaub. Tennessee's run defense should improve a tad with Sen'Derrick Marks back, so complementing Arian Foster might involve more of the receivers and less of Ben Tate.
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Rivers fell off in Week 3 after clearing 230 yards in his first two contests. Against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, he compiled just 173 yards on 38 tries with two INTs. Rivers faced the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans - two favorable fantasy dances - in the first two contests, which affirms that he may be hovering in quarterback-by-committee territory.
- Week 4 presents a start-worthy prognosis. The Chiefs' defensive backfield has dealt with a few injuries and hasn't shown stability in its depth. KC has allowed 239.0 passing yards and 2.67 touchdowns via lobs and has had trouble sacking opposing slingers.
- Arrowhead Stadium is a tough place for visitors to play, especially with these AFC West rivals' history. But with Ryan Mathews getting his feet under him for another week and a corps of receiving options that can explode any week, Rivers has a good chance of turning in a nice day.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- In its first week following the devastating season-ending injuries to Brian Orakpo (pectoral) and Adam Carriker (quadriceps), Washington proved to be an easy target for Andy Dalton and trick-play artist Mohamed Sanu to the tune of 401 aerial yards and four six-pointers.
- Freeman, who has completed just 51.3 percent of his throws and topped 138 passing yards just once this year, looks like a fantasy QBBC option chiefly because of Washington's newly found ineptitude versus the pass. He's a prime fill-in for owners of bye vacationers Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.
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