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 and 2, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
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Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- The third-year snare was targeted five times in Week 1 and 9 times in Week 2 as he gains a rapport with Cam Newton. He's averaging a superb 17.2 yards per catch so far on his nine receptions, which is in line with the 17.0 he posted all of last season.
- New York's secondary might be getting cornerback Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) back on Thursday, but Terrell Thomas (knee) is already done for the year, and the Giants continue to serve as a favorable aerial matchup.
- They've allowed wideouts to rattle off 12.50 catches, 236.5 yards and 2.50 touchdowns per game.
Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- After his breakthrough Week 1, Ogletree was held to one 26-yard catch in Week 2. A lot of his Week 1 success was due to facing the Giants and the fact that Jason Witten (spleen) was hobbled and had a limited role.
- Witten was involved more in Week 2, but the Bucs look ready to help Dallas divvy up the passing success. Tampa Bay was thrashed by the Giants last week and the Panthers in Week 1; they've coughed up an average of 18.0 receptions, 324.0 yards and 1.50 touchdown grabs to the position per game.
- If cornerback Eric Wright (back) has to miss Week 3, that further depletes Tampa's secondary.
NEW - Greg Little, Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 2 or 3
- After not catching a pass in Week 1, Little has averaged a paltry 2.5 receptions, 28.5 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game. That was largely due to his butter fingers and Brandon Weeden's miserable Week 1 showing. Little came to life against the Cincinnati Bengals last week by hauling in five balls for 57 yards and a 24-yard scoring strike.
- The Bills have not shown the ability to stop anyone through the air, despite bolstering their secondary and pass rush in the offseason. For the record, Buffalo has permitted receivers to average 203.0 yards on 14.50 receptions and score 2.50 aerial scores per game.
Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- On a snap count to keep him fresh and take advantage of his talent in spurts, Moss has just five targets on the year. Luckily, he's caught all five of his looks, so that bodes well for whenever he's on the field.
- The Vikings have seemingly forever been dogged by wideouts. The per-game numbers they've allowed through their first two: 14.0 receptions, 180.5 yards and 1.0 touchdowns.
NEW - Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- Jones should draw Buster Skrine in Week 3 with Joe Haden (suspension) playing the role of spectator. The wideout scored once in Week 1 and has averaged a meaningless 3.00 receptions for 20.0 yards this season - hardly reasons to get excited.
- Cleveland allowed anyone with a pulse to walk all over them in Week 2 play. Cincy receivers Brandon Tate and Andrew Hawkins each found paydirt. Armon Binns produced 11 PPR points in a wide receiver carousel. Through two games, enemy wideouts have logged aerial averages of 16.50 snares, 230.5 yards and 2.00 touchdowns against this maligned D.
NEW - Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Alex Smith should enjoy a strong performance, and Manningham could be one of the beneficiaries of such. The former New York Giant has played more snaps than Randy Moss through two games, but he has been corralled quickly by defenses as illustrated by his 8.1 yards-per-reception average. This all-or-nothing play recommendation is aimed at those in deep leagues.
- The Vikings have given up averages of 24.0 standard fantasy points, 14.00 catches, 180.5 yards and 1.00 receptions per contest.
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