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.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
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Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- The Redskins are a worthy fantasy addition thanks to their long-term schedule and their newly discovered precision. They've averaged 2.67 sacks, 1.0 interceptions and 1.67 fumble recoveries per contest. Despite some notable mistakes in Week 3, they've harnessed Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense, and getting safety LaRon Landry back has helped their playmaking ability.
- They tangle with a Rams squad that has allowed Sam Bradford to be sacked 11 times so far; has been forced to make do with a hobbled backfield; has been punchless in the red zone; and doesn't have much offensive cohesion in Josh McDaniels' system yet.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- The Seahawks have compiled just 1.67 sacks and 0.67 picks per game and wouldn't normally be a recommended option. They quieted the Arizona Cardinals' competent offense at home in Week 3, though, and will hold a similar home-field advantage this coming weekend.
- The Atlanta Falcons have allowed Matt Ryan to absorb 13 sacks, and he's already shown a history of poor play on the road. Seattle is a tough place for opponents.
- This recommendation fits better for those whose leagues value sacks and takeaways more than points and yardage allowed; the Falcons could easily smatter the Seahawks in the latter two categories, but the Seahawks have enough of a pass rush to keep things surprisingly close.
NEW - Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Carolina is a one-week play because of the porous Chicago offensive line. The Bears have allowed 4.67 sacks per game against Jay Cutler this year and no drastic changes or improvements appear to be in sight. Cutler has thrown an average of one interception per game.
- The Panthers have tallied 1.67 sacks, 0.67 fumble recovers and 0.33 INTs per game this year. This group has a prime matchup for success but also is a risky play.
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