Fantasy Football Sleepers: WR - Week 10 (with video)

by Tim Heaney on November 7, 2012 @ 16:52:44 PDT


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 6 through 9, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: High-end No. 2

  • Britt's only touchdown of the season came in Week 6, and he's caught only 16 passes over the last four weeks. Those who look deeper will find that he's seen no fewer than five looks over his last six games, and that he's caught a respectable 63.1 percent of his targets in the last three contests (12-for-19).
  • Andrew Luck torched this Miami secondary for 433 aerial yards on Sunday, and Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford compiled at least 283 yards on them in the other two games. Opposing wideouts' 17.0 receptions, 233.7 yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game place Miami in the top three for fantasy rewards yielded to the position (27.3 standard points per contest).

NEW - Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: High-end No. 3

  • Over his last four games, Nicks has registered just 13 catches for 153 yards without even sniffing the end zone. His knee and foot issues will be something he'll have to deal with most of the season, and though his missing practice is becoming the norm, you'll have to watch for his status each week.
  • You may want to leave him in your lineup for just one more game, though. Cincinnati has allowed 13.0 catches, 182.0 yards and 0.50 scores per game to enemy wideouts. Though Terence Newman has a decent history of picking off the slumping Eli Manning, the rest of this secondary is either injured or incompetent. It's a fine day for this passing O to get off the schneid.

Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
Excellent matchup to exploit

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Antonio Brown (ankle) is already doubtful for Week 10, meaning Sanders has a chance to build on his 2-20-1 performance Sunday. Though he's seen just nine targets combined in his last three games, Sanders is the type to take advantage of great situations in opposing defensive backfields.
  • What makes Sanders a promising pickup off your waiver wire is Kansas City's ineptitude versus this position over the last month: 8.33 catches, 173.7 yards and 2.0 touchdowns surrendered per game makes them the second highest team for fantasy points allowed (27.7 standard).

Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Percy Harvin (ankle) looks iffy for Week 10. That'll open plenty of targets for an erratic wideout backup crop. Michael Jenkins and Kyle Rudolph should benefit, but if his back and foot issues feel better, Simpson might finally have an opportunity to gain some separation and see something close to his seven-look Week 8.
  • The big-play threat is hardly consistent, but against the Lions, he's a good one-week stab for the WR-desperate. Detroit has allowed 14.75 catches, 167.8 yards and 1.25 scoring grabs per contest to this lot.

NEW - Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Jones' six receptions and nine targets from last Sunday were season highs. He's averaged just 11.8 yards a grab, though - nothing all that exciting. Most weeks, the green wideout accounts for a last-ditch play.
  • Taking a chance on any wideout facing the Pats is a justifiable idea, even when scrounging this deep. New England, against whom Jones scored a 68-yard touchdown in Week 4, has allowed 10.33 catches, 187.0 yards and 1.33 touchdown catches per contest to this position.
  • The likely Ryan Fitzpatrick chuck fest and Stevie Johnson's thigh injury add more hope that Jones will contribute, at least by volume.

NEW - Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Like Jones, Manningham is usually good for point-per-reception desperation, inching toward double-digit points most weeks. He hasn't been able to do much with his targets this year, averaging just 9.9 yards per snare.
  • Wideouts have gotten to St. Louis: 13.67 catches, 146.0 yards and 2.0 scores per game. Of course, much of that came from being overrun by the Pats in London and Aaron Rodgers the week before, but Ryan Tannehill's two-touchdown game before them gives credence that the Rams' impotence versus wideouts will also apply to San Francisco.
  • Cortland Finnegan will probably trail either Vernon Davis or Michael Crabtree, so this stands as a solid chance to find Manningham on secondary reads.

Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Dallas remains frustrated with their slot man, who surrendered reps to Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley more frequently. Ogletree's hamstring injury from the previous week might have been hindering him, though. Still, he threw together a 9-96-1 night, overcoming a key third-down drop. Tony Romo will still consider him, though not nearly close to levels he had earlier in the season.
  • The Eagles, however, have allowed averages of 9.67 catches, 157.0 yards and 1.33 scores to this position. Since they'll probably be trying to give priority to stopping Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten, they should prove friendly to the Cowboys' lower-ranked targets.
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