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 3 through 6, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
Hasselbeck was competent last week against an injury-riddled Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which probably couldn't be any worse than a largely healthy Bills D. In his last three games (two starts), Hass has averaged 37 attempts, 227.7 yards, 1.33 touchdowns and as many interceptions thrown. He has completed 60.7 percent of his throws.
Jets may have to take to air
- Buffalo makes everything look better than reality for the quarterback position. This defense has allowed 265.0 passing yards, 2.50 offensive touchdowns and has picked off a pass per game. They have taken down the quarterback 2.5 times, on average.
NEW - Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Palmer has been serviceable of late, limiting his turnovers to 1.00 per game and averaging 254.7 yards per matchup. He has completed a healthy 65.3 percent of his tosses and has taking just 2.33 sacks each week. Oakland's passing game is coming around with its receiving corps' improving health.
- The Jaguars have allowed the fifth most fantasy points (24.0) per game to the position. That originates from yielding 283.0 passing yards and 2.33 total touchdowns while logging a lone interception per outing. Jacksonville has one lonely sack in their last three games.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets at New England Patriots
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- It is tough to recommend a quarterback coming off an 82-yard performance, but Sanchez was asked to do very little as Shonn Greene ravaged the Indianapolis Colts on the ground. The Sanchize threw a pair of touchdowns on the day. He is averaging 180.3 yards and a score per matchup while giving up the ball six total times in his last four games.
- Sanchez is likely to throw more than he had to last week in effort to keep up with the Tom Brady-led vertical assault. It may not be that difficult against this vulnerable pass D. Quarterbacks have posted excellent per-game figures of late: 65.1 percent completion rate, 351.3 offensive yards and 3.25 total touchdowns.
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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