Fantasy football sleepers: QB - Week 5

by Tim Heaney on October 7, 2010 @ 13:07:00 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 1 to Week 4, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Bradford a smart play this week

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Though his 58.2 completion percentage and six interceptions befit a rook, Bradford has the Rams' trust to air it out (78 tosses over the last two weeks) and has topped 230 passing yards in each of the last two weeks. The Rams' increasing incorporation of Brandon Gibson and Mardy Gilyard seemed to pay off last week, giving Bradford more receiving options.
  • Detroit has yielded a 65.8 completion percentage to quarterbacks so far, along with per-game averages of 259.5 yards and 2.00 aerial scores. The Lions have faced four teams well-schooled in the art of the pass (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers). St. Louis isn't exactly an aerial powerhouse yet, but Bradford has shown that he's capable of taking advantage of this matchup.
  • His promising one-week matchup deserves a pickup in many setups for those who need a replacement. He's also becoming a safer No. 2 to hold for the season, if your options are running thin.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Before a boring Week 4 against the New York Jets, Fitzpatrick went 20-for-28 with 247 yards and two scores in Week 3 against a vulnerable New England Patriots secondary. Fitzpatrick is at least moving this offense a little, unlike the departed Trent Edwards, and Buffalo has to come back from deficits often, so there's a little promise in this passing game. Their ground game is also unreliable; Fitzpatrick outran the entire Bills' backfield last week.
  • A good time to use such a passer is against Jacksonville, which has allowed 318.0 passing yards and 2.25 scoring tosses per game to this position. The Jags have seen the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, so maybe this isn't a bankable matchup, but these are the opponents you look for in dire situations. The Jags' capable run D and the Bills' struggling carriers are making this look like a passing affair for Buffalo.
  • Looking for a Week 5 fill-in? Fitzpatrick could help as a pickup in deep leagues. The Bills have a bye in Week 6, so don't drop anything worth keeping for him.

NEW - Eli Manning, New York Giants at Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Manning threw for only 195 yards last week, but in the week before he had 386 passing yards. Manning also hasn't tossed a touchdown pass in the last two weeks after throwing five in the first two.
  • No team has given up more passing yards per game (355.3) than Houston. They've also allowed 2.00 passing touchdowns per game. Even the Oakland Raiders' Bruce Gradkowski was able to throw for 278 yards and two scores last week.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) is a little banged up. Brandon Jacobs has shown a few signs (last week: 62 yards on six carries), but he's still a big question mark. Houston's run defense is among the top in the league. Manning should be throwing the ball a ton this week.

NEW - Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
A chance for redemption

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Kolb's game against the Washington Redskins last week was much better than his one half of work against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. Replacing Michael Vick (rib), Kolb threw for 201 yards and one score.
  • San Fran is giving up just 236.8 passing yards per game (16th), but they've allowed two passing scores per contest, which is tied for third most in the league. The 49ers have also allowed a completion percentage of 67.2 (fifth highest), which should help Kolb, an accurate passer, in his second start this year.
  • Vick looks set to miss Week 5 and could be out even longer because of a rib cartilage injury. If you have the room on your roster, give strong consideration to adding Kolb, who is available in 45 percent of leagues polled.
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