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 10 through 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Locker worth a shot
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Freeman has been steadily mediocre over the last month of play. His best effort was a 248-yard, three-TD performance in Week 11, although he turned over the ball twice in the game. The following week he failed to find the end zone for the first time all year. He has inconsistently completed 56.3 percent of his passes because of peaks (70.0) and valleys (46.2) in this area. In all, he has averaged 239 passing yards per outing.
- Philly has given up the most fantasy points (30.0) per game to the quarterback position, which comes from 254.5 passing yards and 3.25 total touchdowns surrendered, on average. Passers have completed an insane 76.0 percent of their throws against this unit. Expect Freeman to have a field day.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Now the full-time starter for the remainder of 2012, Foles will be tested by the coaching staff, which perhaps is a futile effort, but fantasy owners that are reading this probably aren't looking toward 2013 just yet. He has completed at least 64.7 percent of his throws and topped 200 yards in three of his four appearances this year.
- Philly has allowed only two sacks in their last two games, too, which bodes well for his success. He has just a pair of scores in four games, which is a little alarming, although he should match that total against the Bucs.
- Tampa Bay should do wonders for boosting the rookie's confidence. They have permitted 296.0 passing yards and a pair of scoring strikes per matchup. Signal-callers have completed 72.1 percent of their throws against this D.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Locker accounted for five turnovers in Week 13 as he was battered to the tune of six sacks by the Houston Texans' defense. Despite all of the turnovers, he managed to throw for 309 yards and a touchdown pass, so it wasn't all bad ... close, but not completely miserable.
- He should find more time to work against a less formidable pass rush this week. The Colts have recorded 1.5 quarterback takedowns per game, while surrendering 288.5 passing yards and 1.75 touchdowns, on average.
- Relying on a shaky first-year starter in fantasy crunch time is risky business. Locker is best reserved for leagues that afford a quarterback flex play or don't penalize heavily for turnovers.
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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