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 7 to Week 12, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Alex D. Smith, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Desperate times call for Alex Smith
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- The Niners' increase in using the spread offense has helped the former University of Utah quarterback; Smith totaled 232 yards and two touchdowns during a 27-for-41 Week 12. He has now passed for multiple scores in four of his six games this year.
- Seattle offers him another friendly opportunity to accumulate stats this week. Their per-game numbers allowed to quarterbacks: 274.2 throwing yards (fifth most) and 2.60 passing touchdowns (a league high).
- Smith will probably take his share of sacks, as usual, but the Seahawks' secondary has been shaky despite some big Week 12 plays. It has been easy to pick on cornerback Marcus Trufant lately; he has been called for numerous penalties since his return from injury.
About Tim Heaney
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