Fantasy Football Sleepers: QB - Week 8 (with video)

by Cory J. Bonini on October 24, 2012 @ 16:51:57 PDT


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 4 through 7, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder
More to Ponder

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Rivers was a turnover machine the last time we saw him on a field, coughing up the ball twice and throwing four picks to the Denver Broncos in Week 6. A week off should do wonders to clear his head and help the offense as a whole regroup. The veteran has thrown two touchdowns in each of his last three games and has completed no worse than 61.0 percent of his throws in this time. Rivers has averaged 268.3 passing yards. Perhaps most important of all, his left tackle, Jared Gaither (back), is expected to return to action in Week 8.
  • The Browns have allowed the fifth most fantasy points (23.5) per contest to the quarterback position. This stems from permitting 295.5 aerial yards and 1.75 touchdowns per game, in addition to 0.75 rushing scores - an area in which Rivers isn't much of a threat. Cleveland's D has picked off five passes in the last four weeks and has averaged 2.3 sacks.
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
  • Tampa Bay has allowed QBs to throw for more than 300 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game this season. They've picked off 1.5 passes per game, too, though.
  • The Bucs probably aren't about to shut down Adrian Peterson completely, but they have been stout against the run and should be preoccupied with him. Minnesota should look to exploit the weaknesses in their opponent's pass defense.
  • Ponder has completed 67.0 percent of his passes this season, but for only 213 yards, 1.29 touchdowns and 0.86 interceptions per game. He's thrown two INTs in each of his last three contests, too. If Ponder is more careful with the football, he could have a nice Thursday night.


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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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