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 Week 4 through Week 7, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
We Seymour points for Oakland
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Since their Week 5 bye, the Raiders have registered six standard fantasy points per game. They have come on the strength of two sacks and two turnovers a contest. Their Week 6 performance at the Atlanta Falcons was noteworthy.
- The Chiefs have replaced one of the league's turnover artists: Matt Cassel won't start under center this Sunday. That changes things for Oakland, doesn't it? Maybe only a little. KC will ask Brady Quinn not to lose them this contest. In Week 6, Cassel's replacement tossed two INTs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Tampa Bay is very good against the run. Oakland isn't in their class, but their run D is underrated. If the Chiefs don't get big things from their running game, they could play right into the Raiders' hands.
Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench
- Rookie signal caller Andrew Luck has thrown five of his seven interceptions as a visitor this season - and his team has played only two road contests, both of which the Colts lost. Indy has played at home four times already in 2012.
- The Colts may again be without running back Donald Brown (minor knee surgery), the team's lone breakaway threat in the backfield. Vick Ballard is a capable replacement in a football sense for this matchup, but he's highly unlikely to make any difference-making plays.
- This season, Tennessee has averaged a little less than six fantasy points per game and has accrued only nine sacks and seven turnovers in seven games. However, they've played better at home, and their special-teams unit has scored twice. Their Week 8 matchup presents the possibility of another surprising fantasy point total, despite injuries to a few members of its D.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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