Fantasy football sleepers: QB - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 15, 2011 @ 12:31:06 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 Week 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder
Ponder this...

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Palmer's four-pick Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers doesn't exactly increase the confidence his owners have in him. At least he threw for 245 yards along with that; he has attempted at least 37 passes in each of his last three games, so he'll be slinging. He also might be getting receiving targets Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford back from foot injuries, which would help his Week 15 deep ball.
  • The Detroit Lions have allowed a 62.0 percent completion rate, along with 282.0 aerial yards and 2.25 passing scores per game to opposing QBs Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees ... and a Christian Ponder-Joe Webb combo.

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Speaking of Ponder (hip), he should be ready to go in Week 15. Joe Webb won't overtake Ponder as long as the rook is healthy. Even while throwing two touchdowns, Ponder had a rough Week 14, with just 115 yards, three picks and three sacks.

  • Regardless of whether Adrian Peterson (ankle) returns this week, the snap-taker should have an easier time, as long as he heals up, versus the Saints, against whom Minny will probably have to mount a comeback. The Saints have allowed 380.9 passing yards and 1.33 touchdown throws per game, along with a 64.6 completion rate, to enemy QBs.
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