Fantasy Football Sleepers: DT - Week 16 (with video)

by Nicholas Minnix on December 19, 2012 @ 18:16:39 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 12 through Week 15 unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson
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Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Green Bay's defense, fantasy-wise, has been almost as much of a disappointment as some of the team's players on offense, especially lately. The Pack recorded only two sacks and four turnovers in Weeks 12 through 14, total. But the return of Clay Matthews helped to spark the unit to pick up four sacks, plus a turnover, this past weekend against the Chicago Bears.
  • Tennessee makes the trip up north this week and may be feeling pretty good about its victory on Monday Night Football. The Titans still fielded a stagnant offense, however, and they've been victimized by three sacks and 2.5 turnovers per game in the given time period. QB Jake Locker is possibly the team's future at the position; he's making enough mistakes from which he can learn, at least.

New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • The Jets have plenty of problems on offense. You may have heard. On defense, they're far from perfect, but that unit is far from being as bad as its offense. The D has come up with only a turnover per game recently, but also 2.25 sacks per game, at least, and their points-against mark is solid when you consider how often the O puts them in bad spots.
  • The Chargers have had plenty of issues of their own this season, particularly on offense. They lost running back Ryan Mathews (broken collarbone), and wideout Malcom Floyd (ankle) is on IR now. The Bolts have scored only five offensive TDs in the given timeframe, but they've yielded 17 sacks in that span as well. QB Philip Rivers has cut down on the turnovers, so as a team, SD has given the ball up only once per game, but that could change thanks to their losses in personnel, especially with a beleaguered O-line.
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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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