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 9 through 12, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fitz: Raring to score against Jags
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Coming off a 441-yard effort, Romo probably isn't much of a sleeper to many owners. Nevertheless, possibly being down two of his top four receiving targets doesn't make life easy for the turnover-prone passer. He has a drool-inducing matchup this week and should perform regardless of his injury-riddled receiving corps.
- Philly has given up a league-worst 27.8 fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. That has stemmed from sloppy coverage, limited pass rush and miserable tackling. The raw numbers: Quarterbacks have racked up per-game averages of 238.5 passing yards and 3.00 offensive touchdowns. The Eagles have averaged 2.3 sacks and 0.25 takeaways per game.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- The elderly rookie has passed for more than 200 yards once in his last three games and has three TD tosses to go along with as many interceptions in this time. Seven sacks taken and one fumble lost later, Weeden has not made much of a fantasy impact of late.
- The Raiders should do wonders for turning that around, if not at least in a relative sense. Da Raidahs have given up 256.8 passing yards and 2.75 aerial scores (plus a lone rushing TD) per outing. They have taken the ball away just twice in the last four weeks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Fitz's biggest problem has been finding the end zone. He has thrown for three TDs in his last four games but has averaged a respectable 231.0 passing yards while completing 62.3 percent of his throws. Unfortunately, he is still averaging more turnovers (one a game) than TDs.
- Jacksonville's pass defense has been among the worst in the NFL in the last four weeks. They have permitted signal-callers to average 325.0 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns per game, while registering a robust 68.8 completion percentage.
- The Jags' best cornerback, Derek Cox, left last week's contest with a leg injury and did not return. Role player cornerback William Middleton (head) was placed on IR.
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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