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 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
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Carson Palmer, Cincinnati
Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Palmer heaved the rock 50 times in Week 7, completing 36 of them for 412 yards and three touchdowns. Though he only has 10 touchdown passes on the year, he has registered no fewer than 35 passing attempts in a game. Considering the way the Bengals' defense has played lately, this should continue.
- The Dolphins have allowed a 66.7 completion percentage to opposing chuckers, along with 256.0 yards and 1.33 touchdown tosses per game. They're coming off a 302-yard, two-touchdown thumping at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger. The 'Phins might be replacing cornerback Jason Allen with Sean Smith on a permanent basis, but outside of cornerback Vontae Davis, this secondary is shaky.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Hass has a 57.0 completion percentage over the last month with just 208.3 aerial yards and 0.67 touchdown passes. On a positive note, he hasn't thrown an interception in his last two games (78 attempts).
- Da Raidas have allowed 254.3 yards, 2.00 touchdowns and just 0.25 interceptions to opposing quarterbacks, having faced the Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. The Seahawks don't pass as effectively as the Texans, Chargers and Broncos do, but even the Niners' Alex D. Smith threw for two scores on Oakland.
- Those looking for a replacement in this week of abundant byes or injured quarterbacks should look toward Hasselbeck for a rental. He's still available in roughly one-half of polled leagues.
NEW - Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Henne is averaging 264.3 passing yards per game but only 1.67 passing touchdowns and has thrown 1.33 picks per game.
- Cincinnati is allowing 255.7 passing yards, 1.67 passing touchdowns and 1.00 interceptions per game to this position.
- Cornerbacks Leon Hall (hamstring) and Johnathan Joseph (ankle) are nursing injuries; Joseph didn't play last week. Plus, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (neck) hit Injured Reserve this week, weakening an average Cincy secondary.
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