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 5 through 8, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
Schaub has promising matchup
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- From a fantasy perspective, Vick hasn't been terrible in the last four weeks, but his trademark explosiveness has been missed. He is completing a competent 62.2 percent of his throws, averaging 225.7 aerial yards, 39.0 rushing yards and 1.67 touchdowns per game. Negatively, he has lost 0.67 fumbles and thrown as many interceptions, on average, each week.
- While rumors swirl regarding his potential benching, Vick hasn't been the Eagles' biggest problem. He can't block for himself, hand off to himself or play defense. Expect him to remain the starter for at least another week, especially a game one week after Vick didn't turn over the ball against the league's only undefeated team ... one small victory at a time.
- The Saints' defense has been poor all season long, and the return of Joe Vitt wasn't able to help. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos galloped all over this unit last weekend. Statistically, New Orleans is the worst team in the league against the quarterback position. They have allowed 359.7 yards and 2.67 touchdown passes per matchup, while logging a mere 0.67 turnovers on average.
- The way Philly's D played last week, this could be a shootout. Confidently start Vick in Week 9.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Schaub has averaged only 13.0 fantasy points per game and has a strong running game to rely on, which often alleviates any need for him to throw a lot. He has averaged an unenthusiastic 232.3 yards and a touchdown, with a matching interception figure, per contest. Buffalo's defense of quarterbacks is weak enough that Schaub (coming off a bye week) could enjoy a statistically productive game even if Houston's backfield posts strong numbers.
- This maligned Bills group I speak of has permitted QBs to throw for 229.3 yards, 1.67 touchdowns and 0.67 interceptions per game. That translates to 22.7 standard fantasy points allowed, which registers as the third most in the NFL. Defensive end Mario Williams (wrist) is coming back from surgery and may not be 100 percent for the game.
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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