Fantasy football sleepers: QB - Week 16

by Tim Heaney on December 22, 2011 @ 16:59:50 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 12 to Week 15, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets vs. New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick
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Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Sanchez has averaged just 169.0 passing yards per game in the last month, but he has thrown nine touchdown scores compared to just three interceptions. His seven sacks taken over the last two games add some caution to his recommendation, but the Giants might be without defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle) once again, taking a cog out of their QB pressure.
  • In fact, New York's secondary has been kind to opposing slingers, yielding 311.9 passing yards and 3.25 touchdown throws while registering just 0.75 interceptions per contest.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Vick looked more like himself in Week 15: 15-for-22, 274 yards and a touchdown, along with 32 yards and a six-pointer on the ground. Philly's big lead allowed them to take out Vick to rest up for this crucial Week 16 clash; a fresh Vick isn't a bad start for putting him in your lineup.
  • Against Dallas in Week 8, No. 7 went 21-for-28 with 279 yards, two touchdown passes and 50 yards rushing. The Cowboys have been just as generous to chuckers of late: 270.8 yards and 1.25 touchdown passes; their defensive backfield even allowed a weak Tampa Bay Buccaneers passing game to make some noise in the second half of Week 15.
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