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 1 through Week 2, unless otherwise stated.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers
Dalton will have to duel with Aaron Rodgers in what could be a fairly high-scoring game. Cincy's defense deserves credit, but the Packers' offense is just too potent. Dalton makes for a low-end QB1 this week against a defense that has allowed the fourth most standard fantasy points per game to the position.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. Atlanta Falcons
Miami's offense is finding its groove through two weeks and gets to host a Falcons defense that suffered two major injuries in Week 2. That is bad news for an already sketchy Atlanta pass defense, which has given up 354.3 passing yards and 2.5 TDs per game to the position this short season.
Joique Bell, Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins
Reggie Bush (knee) could miss Week 3 or, at a minimum, be limited, meaning Bell will have a larger role than normal. It comes at a great time for his fantasy owners, since the 'Skins stink on D, especially against running backs, having yielded 196.0 offensive yards and a touchdown per game in 2013.
NEW - Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings
Feeling lucky? Obgonnaya is a career overachiever, but he should exploit a rather pathetic Vikings run defense. Expect the quasi-fullback to receive the bulk of the action and split third-down work with Bobby Rainey as Willis McGahee works his way through the playbook. Minnesota has allowed the most fantasy points per game (standard scoring) to running backs. Rushers have accounted for 101.5 rushing yards, 119.5 receiving yards -- on 10.0 receptions, no less -- and 1.5 total touchdowns.
Chris Ivory, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
Rookie QB Geno Smith should be able to keep NYJ in this game, but they'll need to do a better job than they have through two weeks of committing to the ground game in effort to balance their offensive approach. Ivory looked much sharper in Week 2 than he did in the season opener, and he should see at least low double-digit touches per game.
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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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