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 7 to Week 10, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Randy Moss, Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2
- As with his time as a New England Patriot and Minnesota Viking, Moss was essentially a decoy in Week 10, being targeted five times but catching just one throw. A bright spot? Titans head coach Jeff Fisher wants to involve Moss more in the offense.
- Even if you're skeptical of that, Moss at least has a promising matchup for that to happen. The Redskins, fresh off a Monday night Michael Vick massacre, have allowed 14.33 catches, 200.7 yards and 2.33 touchdown catches per game to this position. They also allowed big numbers in their previous two games, so their latest misery was just the cherry.
Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons
Gibson playing the right notes
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- Gibson has been targeted 18 times in the Rams' last two games and has caught 14 of them. Though Danario Alexander (knee) might be returning soon and Danny Amendola is the steadiest target, Gibson is becoming a fixture.
- The Falcons have been plagued by opposing wideouts; they've yielded 14.67 catches, 199.3 yards and 2.33 touchdowns per game over the last four weeks. The opposing catchers came from the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens.
- Atlanta's stinginess against opposing runners probably means St. Louis will have to air it out often this week.
NEW - Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Benn has been more involved in the Bucs' offense ... relatively. He has either two or three targets in the last four games. Luckily, two red zone looks have come in that stretch, and he has scored a touchdown in each of the last two weeks.
- The Niners have been a gold mine with 17.00 receptions, 233.7 yards and 1.33 touchdowns allowed per game to wideouts. The Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams compiled those stats. Denver, not surprising. The others, a good sign that Benn can contribute if you need him.
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