Fantasy Football Sleepers: QB - Week 10 (with video)

by Cory J. Bonini on November 7, 2012 @ 16:10:49 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 6 through 9, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill protecting the rock

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Sleeper ... not likely, as you're probably starting Stafford if you own him. However, we are compelled to highlight his fantastic matchup. The Vikings have given up the third most standard fantasy points (24.5) per game to quarterbacks. Minnesota has allowed averages of 260.8 offensive yards and 2.50 total touchdowns, while permitting passers to complete 65.3 percent of their throws. The Vikes have forced three total turnovers in the last four weeks against the position.
  • Confidently start Stafford, and we advise trading for him given his friendly schedule the rest of the way.

NEW - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Fitzpatrick has been barely useable for fantasy purposes lately, but his Week 10 matchup should briefly turn around his futility. The veteran passer has averaged a slight 205.7 yards and a score per game. While he has uncharacteristically thrown only one interception in his last three games, Fitz has managed to cough up the ball twice in this time.
  • The Patriots have been moderately friendly to the position, allowing 288.3 passing yards and 1.67 per matchup. This group has picked off three passes and tallied a pair of fumble recoveries, as well.
  • Fitzpatrick has at least 307 passing yards and two touchdowns in his last three games versus the Pats. He went for 350 and four scores in Week 4.

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • St. Louis is a welcoming sight for midrange quarterbacks, and Smith certainly fits that billing. He has averaged 190.7 passing yards and 1.33 scores per contest. While he has been accurate by completing more than 70 percent of his throws, Smith has thrown as many interceptions as touchdowns in the past four games and is in the top five of most sacks taken (3.3) per contest in this time.
  • The Rams, coming off their bye, were beaten up by Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers before their game off, but even Ryan Tannehill managed to toss two scoring strikes against this D. Smith should do fine against a defense that has yielded averages of 282.7 yards and 3.00 touchdowns through the air, without picking off a pass.

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Speaking of Tannehill, the rookie has been competent this season. He threw for 290 yards and a score last week but remains largely inconsistent on a week-to-week basis. On average, he has produced rather paltry numbers: 164.3 passing yards and a score. Importantly, he isn't making mistakes with the rock with no turnovers in his last three appearances.
  • Tennessee has struggled to stop all walks of quarterbacks of late. Enemy signal-callers have accounted for per-game figures of 278.5 passing yards and 2.00 touchdowns while completing 69.1 percent of throws against this D.

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Rivers was at least capable last week for fantasy purposes, although you need to realize this endorsement is tepid. Rivers has four touchdowns in his last three outings, but the weather in Cleveland was poor enough to give him a pass for a putrid outing that week. He has averaged the lowest yards per completion (10.7) of his NFL career as a starter by close to a full yard.
  • The cure for that, if only for one week, could be the Buccaneers. They have given up 305.5 passing yards and 2.25 touchdowns to the position per game. Good for Tampa and not so much for Rivers: The Bucs have intercepted 1.75 throws, on average.
  • This week could be a combination of aerial success and more turnovers for Rivers. Reconsider this recommendation if you are in leagues that heavily penalize turnovers.
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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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