Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 10

by Tim Heaney on November 11, 2010 @ 12:40:00 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 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

    Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson
    Johnson should lead KC's charge
  • The Chiefs' D has averaged 2.50 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 0.75 fumble pickups per contest, compiling seven sacks in their last two games.
  • While the Denver Broncos' aerial offense is a weekly threat against opposing defenses, the rest of Denver's recent performance opens the door for KC to gain some fantasy points. Opponents have recorded 3.00 sacks, 0.67 interceptions and 1.67 fumble recoveries versus Denver's potent attack. Quarterback Kyle Orton has taken four sacks in each of his lat two games.
  • Denver ranks near the bottom of the league in defending both punt and kick returns, and the Chiefs have return threats in Javier Arenas and, if he can play, Dexter McCluster (ankle). If your league counts return fantasy points, this is a solid matchup for KC.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The Bucs' run D has been tramped in the last four weeks, allowing 150.8 yards per game. They've also only sacked opposing quarterbacks 0.50 time per game.
  • Positives: They've averaged 1.25 picks in that time, and they face a depleted offense that has lost quarterback Matt Moore (shoulder) for the season (hello, Jimmy Clausen or Tony Pike), has no timetable on when they'll see tailback DeAngelo Williams (foot) return, and might be without rusher Jonathan Stewart (concussion).
  • Carolina has helped opposing defenses by allowing 2.67 sacks, 1.67 interceptions and 1.33 fumbles lost per outing.
  • The Bucs stand as a suitable one-week rental for your fantasy unit in the last week for byes. 
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