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 13 through 16, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Luke McCown, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan to sit for a bit
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- McCown hasn't thrown a regular-season pass as a Falcon, but with everything locked up, Matt Ryan isn't needed to play. While the primary weapons in the offense - Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez - probably won't play much, if at all, either, McCown still has a great matchup to take advantage of at home.
- The Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points (26.0) per game to the position. Tampa Bay's maligned pass D has given up averages of 281.5 aerial yards and 3.00 total touchdowns per matchup. QBs have completed 63.2 percent of their attempts and have committed only two turnovers in the last month.
Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Manning has been ineffective, at best, the past two weeks, following a four-touchdown game in a trouncing of the New Orleans Saints in Week 14. Since, he hasn't topped 161 yards or one touchdown in his last two appearances - both road losses. The G-Men have to win this week, and need some help, to have a chance at the playoffs; expect Manning to bring his A game.
- Philly's defense of the position has been suspect to poor all season. In their past four outings, this group has allowed quarterbacks to average only 204.3 passing yards but 2.25 touchdowns, while picking off only one pass and recording a pair of fumble recoveries. Andy Dalton, Josh Freeman and Robert Griffin III each failed to top 200 yards against this defense, but none of them are consistently locks to reach that plateau on a weekly basis anyway.
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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