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.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Pats have hope against rival
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- The Titans remain unowned in about half of the leagues KFFL normally polls, but they're 3-1 so far and have registered 10 sacks, five picks and two fumble wrangles. Respectable numbers.
- The Steelers have looked quite similar to paper lately. Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 14 times so far - and would at least play through a foot injury in Week 5, if not miss the game because of it. The O-line hasn't help the run, either, which might have a banged-up Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) trying to carry the load.
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- The Patriots DT was dropped in many leagues KFFL polled in the past few weeks; it's possible that came because of their brutal outings against the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders.
- New England has recorded just six sacks on the season, despite expectations of an improved pass rush in their 3-4 switch, but have seven picks and two fumble recoveries so far. They have enough playmaking ability to negate any penalties your league might institute for points and yardage allowed. Even with the loss of linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee), they have enough depth to get by on decent matchups.
- The Jets' offense is in a weak state; they want to move away from their pass-heavy start to the season, but on the ground, they've been stalled frequently. Center Nick Mangold (ankle) might play but remains banged up. New York has recorded 10 giveaways, too. Though divisional games are usually tight, mistake-prone Mark Sanchez should help give New England enough supplemental points.
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