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 2 through 5, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
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Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Even after a ho-hum performance in Week 5, albeit with a tough matchup, Big Ben still sits tied for the eighth most fantasy points per game at the position this season. In the last month, he has averaged 288.7 yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game without throwing an interception. Roethlisberger has completed 69.2 percent of his throws and has remained vertical (only 1.3 sacks per game taken). Expect this to be the start of an awesome run for the Steelers' leader.
- Tennessee has allowed a 74.7 percent completion rate, which is tops in the league. Quarterbacks have accounted for 310.5 offensive yards and 2.50 touchdowns per contest. The Titans have taken them down only 1.5 times per game, while registering a measly three total takeaways in four weeks.
NEW - Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Schaub's performance versus the New York Jets wasn't exactly exciting. He should turn it around against the feeble Green Bay pass defense. With last week's stinker accounted for, Schaub has averaged 224.0 passing yards and 1.75 touchdowns per game. He has thrown only two picks in the last month and has taken just one sack.
- It could be another long day for the Packers' secondary, unless Green Bay's pass rush can somehow get to Schaub with regularity. Quarterbacks have completed only 55.4 percent of their throws against this D. That's about where the good ends after allowing an average of 279.5 offensive yards and 2.25 total touchdowns per game.
Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Kolb has been good enough to warrant a roster spot in most league formats. He has averaged 19.3 fantasy points, 243.8 yards and 1.75 offensive touchdowns per game. Along the way, he has thrown only two interceptions despite constantly facing a strong pass rush (5.3 sacks taken).
- Any quarterback facing the Bills should be a welcomed sight for owners scouring the waiver wire for a matchup play. This defense has allowed 297.0 passing yards and 2.75 total touchdowns per outing, while logging 1.25 takeaways. The Buffalo D has reached enemy QBs 2.5 times, on average.
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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