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Fantasy Football Sleepers: QB - Week 5 (with video)

By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Keith Hernandez

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 1 through 4, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith
Smith may manage an air assault

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Ponder was a strong-play matchup last week and failed to come through, but you shouldn't give up on him just yet. It would be very surprising to see another poor performance, and last week he navigated a fairly close game against a familiar divisional foe.
  • With that stinker included, Ponder has averaged 206.0 passing yards, 1.00 touchdowns and no interceptions per game. He has completed a healthy 68.3 percent of his throws and scored one rushing touchdown in the past month.
  • The Titans' pass defense has faltered in recent weeks, and they remain terrible against the tight end position, a typically important area of the Vikings' passing game. The quarterback position has averaged 251.8 passing yards and 1.50 total touchdowns per outing. Minnesota has logged 3.0 sacks and 0.75 takeaways from QBs.

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Smith has been stable - an excellent game manager in 2012. His fantasy stats are rather innocuous, with averages of 196.0 passing yards, 1.25 passing scores and 0.25 interceptions thrown per matchup.
  • Tom Brady decimated the Bills' aerial D in Week 4, but he is hardly the first QB this year to do such. Slingers have averaged 286.0 yards and 2.25 touchdowns through the air against Buffalo. They have turned over the ball only 1.25 times, on average. Buffalo's pass rush hasn't lived up to expectations, either.
  • We offer one caution if you're in position to start Smith: Buffalo's run defense is porous, too, so this matchup could become a rushing fest for the Niners.


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