Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 11

by Tim Heaney on November 18, 2010 @ 12:35:00 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 7 to Week 10, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs DE Tamba Hali
Hali, Chiefs should ground Cards

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • KC was hardly a masterpiece Sunday, giving up 49 points to the Denver Broncos and failing to record a sack or a takeaway. It's easy to be wary of them, but in their previous three games, they averaged 2.67 sacks and 1.33 interceptions. Plus, the Broncos' passing game is dangerous.
  • Arizona's offense is less scary. The offense has allowed 5.50 sacks and 0.50 interceptions per contest in Derek Anderson's last two starts behind center. Plus, Beanie Wells (knee) is injured - again - and the Cards' running game is one of the worst in the NFL.
  • The Chiefs are good for at least a one-week play off your waiver wire. In fact, they travel to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12, as well; that's another solid play, especially for sacks.

Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Oakland has been one of fantasy's top defenses in the last month, averaging 5.00 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 1.00 fumble recoveries per game against the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. In that time, they've allowed the second fewest passing yards and the third fewest rushing yards per game.
  • The Steelers aren't pushovers, but they've also been fantasy-friendly to defenses. Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 3.00 times and picked 0.75 times per game. Also, Hines Ward (concussion) said he will play in Week 11, but he might not be at full speed.
  • Pick up Oakland if you're looking to play some more late-season matchups. After this week, the Raiders face the Miami Dolphins (Week 12) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 14).
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