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 5 through Week 8 unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
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Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- The Dolphins have been swimming under the sonar this season because they haven't generated many turnovers. Their D has accrued 22 sacks in seven games, however. In the stated period, they've notched 10 sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in three games.
- No. 1 overall draft choice Andrew Luck has helped to put the Colts in contention for the playoffs, it appears, at this juncture, but he's still learning on the job. He's tossed eight INTs in seven games, including four in his last four games. This year, he's been sacked 18 times and has fumbled once in five of Indy's games. In his last four games, he's been sacked 13 times and has fumbled four times, losing two of them.
- Miami's defense has been stout against the run for much of this campaign. Its pass rush is catching up, and turnovers have followed. They're worth picking up if you're looking for a DT to get you through byes or replace a substandard one.
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- It appears that the faulty Philip Rivers of 2011 was no fluke. Opponents don't care whether he's unwittingly or deceitfully injured or he's just going into the tank. In seven games, he's tossed nine INTs, fumbled six times (losing three of them) and been sacked 19 times.
- The Chiefs' defense is quite a reach, but the return of defensive end Glenn Dorsey from the PUP list should provide them with a boost. In their seven contests, they've recorded 13 sacks, seven TOs and a safety.
- The Bolts handled the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 4. KC managed to pick off Rivers once and sack him three times, and they were unable to recover a fumble of his. Perhaps the visitors will turn up the heat on the mistake-prone passer again and manufacture a few more fantasy points in this intra-divisional contest.
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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