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 16, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
An injury to running back Ricky Williams (shoulder) probably facilitated it, but Henne attempted 55 passes in Week 16, totaling 322 yards and one touchdown. Quarterbacks should typically gain more yards on that many attempts, but the Dolphins usually have a conservative passing game. Either way, Williams' status is uncertain for Week 17.
Another big week for Henne?
- More throws could help Henne be a capable fantasy starter against a Steelers squad that may once again be without strong safety Troy Polamalu (knee). The Steelers have allowed 247.3 passing yards and 2.00 total touchdowns (1.83 passing) to this position per game.
- Miami will be fighting for their slim chance at the playoffs; we should see another big attempts column from the University of Michigan alum. Running back Lex Hilliard proved useful catching passes out of the backfield, and if he has to replace Williams, Henne could utilize him often to escape blitzes.
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Freeman, coming off a 271-yard outing in Week 16, has attempted at least 31 throws in four of his last six games and recorded 250-plus yards in three of them.
- The rookie's only start without a pick this year came against the Falcons in Week 12. He threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns on a 20-for-29 passing day. The Dirty Birds' recent per-game stats allowed to quarterbacks: 264.7 passing yards, 1.83 throwing scores.
- For those owners whose quarterbacks will probably be resting in Week 17, Freeman should be an option to pick up. He's available in about 82 percent of surveyed setups.
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