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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Cutlering the mustard
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Cutler has been responsible for his share of sacks and interceptions, and he has only six touchdown passes over his last four outings.
- The matchup forecasts an improvement: San Fran has yielded 261.0 passing yards and 0.67 throwing touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. Despite the Niners holding Peyton Manning without a passing score in this window, Matt Schaub found the end zone twice against them, and San Fran also allowed a passing score from a running back. The Niners also faced the Tennessee Titans, who with Vince Young at quarterback still don't have much aerial prowess.
- Cutler reconnected with tight end Greg Olsen for three touchdowns this past weekend. The Niners have been benevolent toward that position, so expect the Bears to exploit this. Also, San Fran has been vulnerable to the big play, and Cutler doesn't shy away from downfield action.
Alex D. Smith, San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Smith has thrown multiple touchdown passes in two of his three games as the starting slinger this season. He has also compiled five picks in those three outings, but he has attempted at least 32 passes in the last two.
- Chicago's per-game averages against this position: 191.0 passing yards, 3.00 passing touchdowns and 0.25 ground touchdowns.
- The Bears have allowed two five-touchdown games to quarterbacks in their last four weeks (the Cincinnati Bengals' Carson Palmer in Week 7 and the Arizona Cardinals' Kurt Warner this past Sunday). We're not saying Smith is on their level, but if you're forced to start Smith this week, the Bears' pass D is a useful matchup.
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