Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 9

by Tim Heaney on November 3, 2011 @ 00:42:23 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 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams
Rams preparing to feast

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The Rams exploded against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8, registering six sacks and two picks. Sure, they only averaged 1.50 and 0.50, respectively, in their previous two contests, but their opposing QB could offer them chances to contribute to fantasy squads, even if they give up points.
  • You'd rather have A.J. Feeley starting than John Skelton, right? The Cards' backup might have to step in for Kevin Kolb (turf toe). KK already was a turnover-friendly start; Skelton completed a horrendous 47.6 percent of his passes in five games last year. You figure if St. Louis can trample Drew Brees that Skelton would be a cakewalk. It's bold, but for the desperate, it's worth a bye-filler addition to find out, right?

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Though they've averaged just 1.67 sacks and 1.67 takeaways per game in their last three, the Raiders are coming off a bye and could be getting linebacker Roland McClain (foot) back this week. Though they gave up plenty of points, Oakland got to Colt McCoy (two sacks, 46.7 percent) and Matt Cassel (two picks, 50 percent completion rate) before their break.
  • Another shaky opposing QB means you should take a chance. Tim Tebow ... in the Black Hole ... just smells like a no-duh defensive fantasy play, right? Tebow has been sacked - Tebowed? - 13 times and fumbled the rock four times (one lost) in his two 2011 starts. This fantasy unit's stop on the Tebow Train should be productive, especially from their smart front seven, for a one-week rental.
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