Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 16, 2010 @ 12:12:00 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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

    Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha
    Oakland should get after Denver
  • Though they gave up 38 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, the Silver and Black have sacked QBs 2.75 times per game, a top-10 figure, while also picking off 0.75 passes and recovering 0.50 fumbles per contest.
  • Denver has allowed 3.25 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 1.50 fumble recoveries per game. Kyle Orton has just four touchdown passes along with four picks in the last month. 
  • The Raiders brought down Orton four times in Week 7 while also recording one interception and two fumble recoveries. This week, they get Denver at home.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Much of Dallas' points have come from defensive touchdowns. They've only registered 1.75 sacks, but they've taken 2.00 interceptions and 0.50 fumbles per game. As long as your league doesn't heavily weigh yards and points given up, they'll enjoy this matchup.
  • Washington has allowed 3.25 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 1.25 lost fumbles per contest. Longtime Cowboys rival Donovan McNabb has been sacked at least three times in his last trio of contests. He has at least one fumble in each of his last six games.
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