Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 11

by Tim Heaney on November 17, 2011 @ 13:14:17 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

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Sure, the Jags just lost Rashean Mathis (knee) for the season, but they've been an underrated defense all year and should, for the most part, survive without him. In their last three games, they've recorded 3.33 sacks, 1.0 interceptions and 1.33 wrangled fumbles per contest against the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. The sack average puts them in the league's top five over that time.
  • Colt McCoy has thrown three picks and been sacked 14 times over his last four contests, including suffering a four-takedown day three times. The Browns' run game showed a speck of life against a lackluster St. Louis Rams run-stopping unit last week; Jacksonville has hardly been that kind to carriers. Repeat of their dominance versus Indy in Week 10? Sure looks like it.
Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
Denver making some noise

Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The Broncos have averaged 3.0 sacks, 0.75 interceptions and 0.25 fumble recoveries per game. With Champ Bailey getting back to health and rookie pass rusher Von Miller giving them a consistent QB disruptor, Denver's defense is turning a corner.
  • New York has to travel to the Mile High city on a short week. Mark Sanchez was sacked five times in Week 10 and has thrown four picks over his last three contests. The Jets will probably be without LaDainian Tomlinson (knee), too.
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