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
San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys
More of the same from Romo?
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- The Niners squashed a laughable Seattle Seahawks team in Week 1 with much help from the return game (Ted Ginn Jr.). They also recorded five sacks, recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass.
- The Cowboys probably will score ample points, but if your league rewards sacks and takeaways more, this is a solid week to use San Fran. Tony Romo's late-game meltdown exemplifies how reckless the O can be at times. San Francisco's D usually plays up while at home, as well. Dallas had to travel from Texas to the East Coast in Week 1 and back to the West Coast for this matchup.
- In deeper leagues, the Niners stand as a one-week play if you're cycling units off the waiver wire.
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- It's hard to recommend opposing defenses at Mile High, but the Broncos looked like newborn colts in their season opener Monday ... against the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos still need to streamline their offense - their aerial and ground attacks both need work.
The Bengals' unit has some upside thanks to aggressive DC Mike Zimmer, who showed impressive blitz schemes in the second half Sunday against a similarly stumbling offense in the Cleveland Browns. The Cats logged two sacks and a pick. Cincy should be able to slow the pace of Week 2 against a shaky Denver run D; a diet of Cedric Benson equals keeping Denver off the field.
- The Broncos' ineptitude and Cincy's solid opportunity to control the clock make this defense a decent waiver wire rental for defense streamers.
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