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: Defensive teams
NEW - Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Coming off the bye week, Tampa is fresh and had plenty of time to game plan against the Chiefs. This defense has logged 2.00 takeaways and 1.67 sacks per game while surrendering an average of 14.7 offensive points. The Bucs also have one interception return for a score this year.
- Matt Cassel (head) is unlikely to go, which leaves KC's offense in the hands of the robotic Brady Quinn. The Chiefs have allowed 13 sacks, 24 QB hits and have tossed nine picks on the year. Their 10 fumbles lost this season lead the NFL.
Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Buffalo's defense has been thrashed by the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers over the last two weeks, which has actually masked the progress they've made following their Week 1 disaster against the Jets. The Bills have actually recorded 2.50 sacks and 2.0 takeaways (including 0.75 picks) per contest. If your league doesn't penalize heavily for points allowed, that's a decent stretch.
- Arizona has weapons in the aerial game that'll probably pose similar problems for Buffalo, but they also have a weak O-line and debilitated running game that have left Kevin Kolb scrambling for much of the season. He has been brought down a whopping 17 times over the last two weeks, and Buffalo has a defensive line of Mario Williams, Mark Anderson, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams that should put plenty of pressure on the slinger.
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Coming off a bye, Detroit should be readily available in many leagues. They've been one of the worst per-game, standard-scoring producers in the last month (3.7 PPG), with just 1.67 sacks and 1.0 fumble recovery. Their undisciplined secondary, which has longed for Louis Delmas (knee), hasn't intercepted a pass in that time.
- It looks like Delmas will return this week, though, and turnovers of late have defined the Eagles - specifically Michael Vick, who has lost five of his eight fumbles, including letting four of five slip away over the last three weeks. He's been sacked 14 times in his quintet of games, as well.
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