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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Big D's D ready for retribution
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Dallas' defensive collapse in the last few minutes of Week 14 might have many fantasy players gun-shy about using their D. What they shouldn't ignore is the Cowboys' 3.00 sacks per game (tied for eighth most), along with their 0.50 interceptions and the same number of fumble recoveries per contest.
- Josh Freeman has a deep tissue bruise in his shoulder and struggled with the velocity of his throws Sunday; even with CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) hurt and the possibility of LeGarrette Blount running all over Dallas, the passing game could suffer with Freeman not right. Dallas could control the pace of this game given Tampa's weakness against the run. Expect an even bigger day if Josh Johnson has to take over behind center for Tampa Bay.
Cincinnati Bengals at St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- It's mean to keep picking on the Rams, but ... come on. A hobbled Sam Bradford (ankle) threw one pick and was sacked thrice in Week 14. The offense has been a turnover machine whenever A.J. Feeley has stepped in, too.
- The Bengals' D has suffered with cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles') out for the year, but they've averaged 2.75 sacks per game (a top-10 figure), along with 0.75 interceptions and the same amount of fumble wrangles. They logged five of their QB takedowns against a competent Houston Texans offense (even with T.J. Yates at the helm).
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