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 3, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Jones a home run threat
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- The epitome of a deep threat, V-Jax is averaging 20.3 yards per reception through three games. He has caught only 3.33 of his average 9.00 targets for 68.0 yards. Jackson is a boom-or-bust play most weeks, but this is the best matchup he has faced in 2012.
- The 'Skins have yielded 37.3 standard fantasy points per game to the position. That is the most in the NFL, which stems from 15.00 receptions, 255.3 yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game. If there is ever any week to start Jackson, this is the one!
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- Jones has emerged as the Ravens' primary deep threat while Torrey Smith becomes an all-around contributor. Joe Flacco's big arm makes Jones a touchdown threat on nearly every pass pattern. We recognize the risk in starting someone like him, but Jones gives you legit upside for a low-end gamble price. For those keeping score, he is averaging 2.33 receptions for 51.0 yards (21.9 per catch) and 0.33 TDs per outing.
- The Browns, without star-in-the-making Joe Haden (suspension), are as vulnerable against the pass as anyone in the league right now. They have surrendered 16.00 catches for 196.00 yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game to the position, which makes them the third best fantasy matchup in the NFL for wide receivers.
Kevin Walter, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- The Titans will be focusing their attention on keeping Andre Johnson in check, which could leave Walter seeing copious one-on-one coverage. His endorsement is better taken by those in PPR leagues. Walter is coming off his best performance of this short season, logging three grabs for 73 yards and a 52-yard touchdown.
- Tennessee's secondary was infiltrated by the Detroit Lions' receivers in Week 3 after two competent weeks. Their three-game average against wideouts: 22.3 non-PPR fantasy points, 14.33 receptions, 175.0 yards and 1.00 receptions.
NEW - James Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Aaron Rodgers has targeted Jones 5.67 times per contest, which has resulted in 3.67 receptions, 45.0 yards and 0.33 touchdowns, on average. Greg Jennings' return to the field will only open things up for Jones. While it may come down to being a numbers game many weeks, the Saints and Packers could get into a sling fest in Week 4. His upside is evident, even though Jones is a risky play.
- New Orleans needs to get on track, but it will be tough this week. The league's worst defense against running backs isn't far behind versus wide receivers. Allowing 12.33 receptions, 193.3 yards and 0.67 scores per game to wide receivers, the Saints rank tied for the 11th worst defense against the position. This is slightly skewed to the positive because of how miserable they are against the run.
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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