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 Week 2 to Week 5, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Bills racking up takeaways
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- The 'Skins are coming off a bye and are available in nearly half the leagues KFFL polled. This enticing matchup and their favorable schedule over the subsequent six weeks make them a prime fantasy pickup. They tied for the league lead in sacks with 15 in the first four weeks of play, along with a respectable three fumble recoveries and three picks.
- Washington's increasingly aggressive unit will tangle with an Eagles squad that has allowed Michael Vick to be sacked seven times and turned the ball over 15 times - the most in the NFL.
Buffalo Bills at New York Giants
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Let's get it out of the way: The Bills will, once again, probably give up ample passing yards and points. Downgrade them a little if those are heavily penalized in your fantasy football league. If your setup gives more weight to sacks and takeaways, the Bills can continue their defensive momentum from their four-pick, one-sack victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
- The Giants' Eli Manning looked like his old sloppy self last weekend with three sacks taken, three picks and one of two fumbles lost at home against a mediocre Seattle Seahawks D. Buffalo is averaging 2.75 interceptions per game, making fools out of Vick and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady.
- Of course, Buffalo's lack of sacks means their success relies heavily on takeaways, but they're more focused on takeaways fueled by QB pressure. Their D is becoming increasingly disruptive, which is a good start. Accomplishing this versus the Giants' inconsistent ball control hat isn't far-fetched. That's enough reason to take a shot on the Bills for another week and to keep an eye on them for down the road in case they start recording more QB takedowns.
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