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

by Nicholas Minnix on November 7, 2012 @ 16:56:42 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 Week 6 through Week 9 unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Mason Foster
Fostering a great matchup

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Detroit has started to pick things up on D a bit. They've racked up 2.25 sacks and 1.75 turnovers per game. In one of their last four contests, against the Seattle Seahawks, they didn't get much done. But their offense's slow awakening should be a positive for the D, too.
  • The Vikes' offense is a mess. Christian Ponder's decline is the biggest reason. The second-year passer has thrown 1.50 interceptions per game and has been sacked 3.5 times per game. He's also lost a fumble. Defenses simply have no reason to fear Minnesota's aerial attack right now.

NEW - Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Pittsburgh has been one of the lowest-scoring fantasy defenses over the last month, but they've allowed just 9.0 offensive points per game in that time. Thanks to an uninspiring 1.5 sacks per contest, they've lost some fantasy luster.
  • Still, the Steel Curtain probably doesn't need Troy Polamalu (out, calf) against the Chiefs. Matt Cassel has lost a fumble and tossed an interception in each of the last two games and has been far from effective when he's under center.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Finally, folks are hearing that the Eagles' problems aren't all on Michael Vick. Philly has failed to protect him all season and, apparently, refuses to stick with a running game that one would figure is pretty effective. Still, it's Vick who suffers: He's thrown three interceptions and been sacked 13 times in his last three games.
  • Dallas has a wealth of talent on D but seems destined to be a poor fantasy unit. They've come up with 1.75 sacks per game but just 0.50 interceptions and 0.50 fumble recoveries per game. This week, they may have a good enough matchup to consider, at least, although they're awfully risky.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • The Bucs haven't recorded many sacks (1.25 per game), but they get pressure on the passer. That has helped them come up with 3.00 turnovers per game. Tampa Bay's offense has been on a roll, too, which has put the pressure on the opposing offense to try to keep pace.
  • When the Bolts try to keep pace, good things can happen. But in the past year and a half, those good things have often happened for the opposing defense. Philip Rivers has been a turnover Pez dispenser, with 1.67 INTs and 0.67 fumbles lost per game. He's also been sacked twice per game.
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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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