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 3, unless otherwise stated.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings
Big Ben, meet, well, the real Big Ben. The Steelers travel to London this week to face the Vikings, a team that has played poorly versus the pass and is allowing 324.7 offensive yards per game to the position. Quarterbacks have averaged 2.67 touchdowns against them. Last week, Browns fledgling quarterback Brian Hoyer embarrassed this defensive backfield.
Roethlisberger is fresh off a 400-yard passing a day and needs to right the ship in the Steel City. The Steelers will show up in the United Kingdom with a chip on their shoulder and a yearning for a W at all costs. The burly passer is begging to enter your fantasy lineup.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Smith is a shining example of how to protect the football. He hasn't turned over the ball in three games but is on pace to take a ton of sacks. As long as he holds up to the pounding, Smith should be a near weekly lineup consideration.
You shouldn't need to think much about getting him into your lineup in Week 4 with the reeling Giants on the docket. This defense has permitted quarterbacks 264.3 yards and 2.33 touchdowns per outing. Passers have completed 68.1 percent of their throws on the way to an average of 24.3 standard fantasy points.
Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Ahmad Bradshaw's neck injury could limit him or even force the veteran to miss the contest. Either would be nice for Richardson owners, but the latter is an ideal situation to create the perfect storm. T-Rich should know enough of the playbook to contribute in a meaningful way.
Jacksonville has given up 17.7 standard fantasy points per contest and 5.1 yards per carry to the position. The Jaguars' pass defense is equally as miserable, which means they won't be able to sell out against the run.
Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
An aggravated foot injury forced Richardson to miss all but one play in Week 3. He is expected to be ready for Thursday's tilt with the 49ers, which isn't as scary as once perceived. San Fran has yielded the most fantasy points per game (24.7) to running backs this year.
Don't expect a huge return from D-Rich. Nevertheless, he is still worthy of a fantasy lineup spot in deeper leagues. Consider him in all formats as at least a flex play.
Wideouts and tight ends are around the corner
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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