Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 14

by Tim Heaney on December 9, 2010 @ 12:10:00 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 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Lofa Tatupu, LB, Seattle Seahawks
Don't expect Seattle to Lofa around

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Seattle's defense has stumbled a bit in fantasy output, with 2.00 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 0.50 touchdowns per game. The 'Hawks still rank as a top-10 sack unit on the year despite their gaping flaws in pass coverage.
  • With Troy Smith under center the last four weeks, San Fran allowed 4.00 sacks, 0.75 interceptions and 0.25 lost fumbles per game. The Niners are switching back to Alex Smith at QB this week; he might open up the offense, but he's no stranger to turnovers himself (nine picks, equaling his touchdown total this year) and will have to actually employ the techniques of yet another new offensive coordinator.

Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Let's get their run D out of the way; they'll probably give up plenty of yards to running back Peyton Hillis, but a fantasy D can still gain fantasy points despite giving up yards and points. The Bills have accrued 2.25 sacks, 1.75 interceptions and 0.50 fumble recoveries per game. Though they've lost their last two games, they've averaged 3.00 sacks, 2.00 interceptions and 0.50 fumble recoveries per game - against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings.
  • The Browns have been similarly fantasy-friendly lately: 3.25 sacks, 0.75 interceptions and 0.75 touchdowns allowed per game. Much of that came with Colt McCoy quarterbacking, and Jake Delhomme had a solid Week 13, but the latter has been sacked twice in each of his last two starts.
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