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 12 through 15, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
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- St. Louis' offense uncorked the passing game - largely because of the necessity when playing from behind - to the tune of a season-high 55 pass attempts in Week 15. Bradford threw for a career-best 377 yards and an uncharacteristic three touchdown passes against the Minnesota Vikings. Tampa Bay's defense is built similarly to Minnesota's in that they are stronger against the run than the pass and sport a struggling group on the backend. Bradford has averaged 253.0 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game in the past month.
- The Bucs have given up the most fantasy points (27.3) per game to the position, which originated from 320.8 yards and 2.75 total touchdowns surrendered per contest. Tampa Bay has intercepted a meager two passes in the last four games, while allowing quarterbacks to complete an impressive 69.4 percent of their attempts.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Schaub's arm is generally used when the team is playing from behind or to keep defenses honest, but he has averaged a modest 253.8 yards per game through the air. He has thrown four touchdown passes and thrown two picks in his last four appearances; Schaub has completed 63.0 percent of his passes in this time.
- Minnesota's run defense has degraded over the course of the year, but they are still formidable, allowing only 102.0 yards per game to the running back position in the last month. Arian Foster may have to work hard to reach the 100-yard barrier, which, in theory, means the Texans could assault this porous pass defense with the red-hot Andre Johnson. The Vikes have given up 293.8 passing yards and 1.75 aerial scores per matchup to quarterbacks.
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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