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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Freeman and the Bucs' passing offense hasn't been dynamic in the last month; he has averaged just 186.3 yards and 1.25 touchdown tosses per game while only completing 53.3 percent of his passes in that time. At least he hasn't been turning the ball over (0.25 interceptions thrown per game.)
- Enter the Detroit Lions, a cure-all for QB problems. Losing cornerback Alphonso Smith - sad when he's the key to your secondary - to Injured Reserve has exacerbated their issues. QBs have posted a 71.9 completion percentage against Detroit, along with 236.3 passing yards and 2.00 touchdown throws.
- More in Freeman's favor: Detroit has allowed a rushing touchdown to the position in the last four weeks along with 22.0 rushing yards per game.
Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
Finally appears to be healthy
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, Collins went just 14-for-32 with 169 yards and two picks in Week 13 in his first game back from a calf injury, but he rebounded in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts: 28-for-39, 244 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee's passing offense showed some life as they came back from a deficit and with the return of Kenny Britt.
- In danger of going without Aaron Rodgers (concussion) and Matt Cassel (illness) this week? The Texans can help you feel comfortable with digging deep for a QB. Houston has allowed 247.5 yards and 1.75 touchdowns to opposing throwers per game and has fielded one of the worst secondaries in the NFL all season.
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