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 3 through 6, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
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Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Universally owned but not universally started, Johnson has had a few questionable matchups over the last few weeks. He hauled in six passes for 82 yards Sunday but hasn't scored a TD in his last three affairs. He's registered at least six grabs in two of his last three, though.
- The Titans continue to present one of the best opportunities for wide receivers. Tennessee has allowed 14.25 receptions, 182.8 yards and 1.25 scores per game to the position.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: No. 1 or No. 2
- Moore cemented his role as Carson Palmer's favorite target with his 5-104-1 Week 6 output. Coming out of the bye, the Raiders' vertical raids looked hardcore - extra prep time might have helped Palmer get his footing under him. The big-play wideout hasn't been sought out no fewer than eight times in a game this year, and though he's hauled in fewer than 50 percent of his targets on the year, he'll remain the receiving game's biggest impact player.
- The Jags' 14.0 receptions, 205.3 yards and 1.33 scoring grabs rank among the most alluring opponents for wide receivers, and Oakland should be the latest squad to take advantage.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets at New England Patriots
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2
- Hill wasn't on the field much in his first game back after a hamstring injury, but he found the end zone on a three-catch, 23-yard day. In two games, he now has three scores and looks like a favorite of QB Mark Sanchez whenever he's active.
- The Patriots should help continue whatever momentum Hill has; they've given up the most points (34.5) to the position per game in standard scoring setups. That's come on the back of 12.0 receptions, 222.8 yards and 2.25 scores. New York's Jets don't always fly, but they can often get enough altitude with the right matchup. Since New England's run defense should be a bit tougher than the one Gang Green faced last week, expect a day full of Sanchez.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- Besides his 4-113-1 Week 3, Hilton has combined to tally seven catches and 83 receiving yards in three contests. Yawn. But Andrew Luck has been forced to throw 44-plus times in all but one of Indy's contests this year because their running game doesn't have much punch. Hilton has been targeted at least four times in two of the last three games.
- The Cleveland Browns just got Joe Haden back from suspension, so that should boost the secondary targets that go up against this already hole-filled secondary. The Dawg Pound has dogged it against wideouts: 16.75 catches, 204.5 yards and 2.0 touchdowns allowed per game.
NEW - Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- Gibson has become the go-to guy for Sam Bradford with Danny Amendola (clavicle) down. He was targeted nine times against the Miami Dolphins last week and has averaged 5.75 looks in the last month. Gibson's average line is 3.50 receptions for 42.8 yards. He hasn't found the end zone in the last four weeks.
- Green Bay has permitted 13.75 receptions, 204.0 yards and 1.25 scores through the air to the position. St. Louis will likely have to sling the ball around to keep up with an offense that passed for six touchdowns just a week ago.
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