Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 23, 2011 @ 14:56:16 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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey
Champ has DEN D on the rise

St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • The Broncos' defense has stabilized with the emergence of Von Miller on the pass rush and a healthy Champ Bailey. They've averaged 2.75 sacks, 1.0 interceptions and 0.25 fumble recoveries per game. They've also recorded one defensive touchdown over the past four weeks.
  • Their division rivals have been coughing up the football often over the last month. Philip Rivers has tossed eight picks, absorbed 11 sacks and fumbled the ball four times (one lost) in his last four games. The Chargers' offensive line could be without left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck) for the rest of the season; he'll at least be out another few weeks. Denver should control the line of scrimmage in this contest.
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