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 11 through Week 14 unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Surely, if you didn't watch the Seattle Seahawks' defense embarrass Arizona in Week 14 - only when they weren't embarrassing themselves - then you heard about it and perhaps watched lowlights. The Cardinals' O ranks at the bottom of the league in many categories.
- Arizona has thrown 2.25 interceptions, lost 1.25 fumbles and given up 2.50 sacks per game in the given period. For the season, they've turned the ball over more than twice per game and yielded nearly four sacks per contest.
- If you want to take a chance on a defense that hasn't been as successful as Seattle's and will be on the road (with the Cardinals at home this time, obviously), then Detroit is your team. This year, they've registered 2.31 sacks and a little more than a turnover per game, but lately those averages have risen to 2.50 and 1.50, respectively. Are you willing to give the Lions a shot?
Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- The Titans have received solid support from their defense, with 3.67 sacks and an interception per game, in recent games. They've slowed down some respected offenses recently, in fact.
- The Jets are flying without three of their four engines. The team in perpetual turmoil for one reason - its own doing - or another - the media's - has turned the ball over more than twice per contest and has allowed nearly 2.5 sacks per game this year. Their receiving corps fits into a clown car, even with the addition of Braylon Edwards. Lately this three-ring circus has lost 1.75 fumbles per game.
NEW - Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- The Panthers have a reasonable matchup in Week 15 against the turnover-prone Philip Rivers and Co. San Diego has handled over the rock 1.25 times per game, all while permitting 3.75 sacks allowed. The more Carolina can get to Rivers, the better his chances are of turning over the ball.
- Carolina has recorded 1.75 takeaways and 1.25 sacks. Those numbers are hardly impressive, but this group could overachieve this week. They have given up 17.0 offensive points and 357.8 total yards per game.
NEW - New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- New York's D has been one of the least productive fantasy units recently, but there is hope for them against the Titans. Rex Ryan's bunch has notched 1.5 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 0.75 fumble recoveries, on average, while yielding 12.0 points and 296.0 yards per game.
- Tennessee's O has made a concerted effort to get the ball downfield, and it was evident early in Week 14's contest. However, they are still turning over the ball at an alarming rate (3.33 per game). Jake Locker has been sacked 2.67 times, on average, too.
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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