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 13 through Week 16 unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Busy picking on MV7
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
Whether it's been Nick Foles
(broken finger) or Michael Vick
under center for the Iggles, Philly has turned the ball over repeatedly all season. Vick will be taking the snaps this Sunday, and he'll be making his first start since he suffered a concussion in Week 10. To his credit, he'd turned the ball over once - via an INT - in his last two and a half games. He's also likely to be looking for a job after this season, so this'll be his only opportunity to audition for it in live action.
wrote the script for how to defend the Eagles' version of Vick. In four starts with Philadelphia against New York, the left-handed passer has thrown for 229 yards and one touchdown a game. He's also rushed for 61 yards per game, with two scores. But he's thrown two interceptions and fumbled five times; he was just fortunate enough to lose only one of the latter. The Giants
sacked Vick nine times in those contests, and the mobile QB has been less inclined to take off running at this stage of his career.
New York has averaged more than two sacks and two turnovers generated per game this season. But lately, they've tailed off, with only two sacks and five turnovers accumulated, total, in their last four games. They've played some embarrassingly bad football. But they need to win this contest to have any prayer of making the playoffs.
Again, Oakland's defense is showing signs of life, with more than 20 points allowed in only one of their last four games. They recorded a shutout of the Kansas City Chiefs
in that span, and they notched 2.5 sacks as well as 1.5 turnovers per game in the designated timeframe.
San Diego, especially Philip Rivers
, has cut down on the mistakes in the second half, but they've still turned the ball over once per game in the last month. They've also allowed Rivers to be sacked 3.75 times per game in that time. Their O-line is in shambles, and the lackluster running game is without the disappointing Ryan Mathews
(broken collarbone - the other one, this time) as well as, possibly, Ronnie Brown
will be without Carson Palmer
(lung, ribs) this weekend, too, so Oakland's quarterbacking will be up to Matt Leinart
and Terrelle Pryor
. That's a recipe for disaster, so one of the dangers in using the Raiders' defense this week is that their O may not give them must time to rest. Then again, SD could have its own problems on O, and it may not matter.
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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