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: Defensive teams
A force to be reckoned with
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: high-end No. 1
- The Seahawks are one of fantasy's rising defenses, especially after their eight-sack performance versus the Green Bay Packers (ending notwithstanding). Their big cornerbacks have given wideouts trouble, and their defensive line rotation has brought their pass rush up a level.
- The Rams, luckily for them, aren't the Pack, so it should be another solid week for Seattle. St. Louis' patchwork front five has allowed Sam Bradford to be brought down at least twice per game, including six last week for a total of 12 so far. When you include the two fumbles from the signal caller, that's a big "ouch."
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- The Bolts head to a tough road destination and are coming off a rough week against the high-flying Atlanta Falcons. In fact, they've recorded just 1.67 sacks, 0.67 interceptions and 0.33 fumble wrangles per game so far.
- The Chiefs, however, have let Matt Cassel get sacked 11 times so far, no less than three in any contest. San Diego should find enough pressure to throw off the statuesque slinger and force KC to test their steady run D.
About Tim Heaney
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