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 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
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- With a faltering run defense and a quiet pass rush, the Vikings
haven't been the automatic fantasy start as they have been in the past. They've
registered only 0.50 sacks and 1.00 interceptions per game and showing some
holes in their typically vaunted run blockade.
- Whether Arizona picks Derek Anderson or
Max Hall to take snaps, they'll probably provide
some turnovers. The Cards have produced 2.33 sacks, 2.00 interceptions and
1.33 fumbles lost per game. Anderson has thrown seven picks compared to four
touchdowns on the year, and Hall has one touchdown and five picks.
Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Buffalo isn't typically a playable fantasy option. Though their 2.33
sacks per game is serviceable, they have intercepted just 0.33 passes per
contest, and most of their fantasy points come from their 1.33 fumbles recovered
per contest, sometimes a luck-based stat. This defense looked decent in switching
to a 4-3 defense last week, though, and has shown spurts of life this year.
- The Bears, however, are the sacks gift that keeps on giving. Their
4.33 yielded per game - along with their average of 2.67 interceptions thrown
- exemplifies the Mike Martz offense's friendliness for opposing defenses'
fantasy potential. Even Buffalo could snare some sacks and takeaways, even
if Chicago's offense piles up yardage and points.
- Buffalo can serve as a one-week play in deeper leagues, especially
if you don't mind the potential for the Bears to score ample points on them.
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