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 3 to Week 6, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Denver smooth as Bailey's
Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Though Seattle's offensive line has played better of late, they don't yet know who they'll be protecting in Week 7: Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) or Charlie Whitehurst. In replacing the erratic T-Jax in Week 5, Whitehurst looked competent but conservative. This offense might not have the same big-play potential with Whitehurst under center. Plus, Jackson has been sacked 18 times on the season; Whitehurst suffered two in his limited Week 5 duty.
- Cleveland's adjustment to the 4-3 defense has gone better than expected. They've recorded 2.33 sacks, 0.67 interceptions and 0.67 fumble recoveries per game over the last month (three contests). If they get Joe Haden (knee) back, they should limit Seattle's passing offense, making Cleveland a notable one-week fantasy play.
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Though he connected well with Brandon Marshall in his first start, Matt Moore and the rest of this Miami offense is hardly a formidable opponent. Moore has been sacked seven times in two outings and has three INTs to zero touchdowns.
- The Broncos' defenders have looked peskier of late, helped by the return of cornerback Champ Bailey and Von Miller's notable rookie performance. They rank in the top five with 3.0 sacks per game over the last four weeks (three games), to go along with averages of one INT and fumble wrangle. Most of the first category came on a five-takedown game against Philip Rivers. They also recorded two QB-ground sandwiches in each of their previous three outings.
- Denver is worth a one-week fantasy rental if your unit is on a bye.
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