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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
Roy Williams, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
- Morgan has seen his work increase as the Niners have stuck with the spread offense. The sophomore has seen at least eight looks and six receptions in three of his last four games.
- Do we need to say why Morgan is a sleeper this week? Well, since you're forcing us, the Lions have yielded 11.75 catches, 174.0 yards and 1.50 touchdown grabs per game to this position.
- Morgan is worth a one-week rental; he's available in about 86 percent of polled leagues.
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Attention shouldn't be on Williams
- Roy Dubs was catching on before his one-reception dud in Week 15; he had
totaled 10 receptions for 134 yards and two scores in the previous two games,
in which he'd been targeted 18 times.
- Wideouts have tormented the 'Skins lately, averaging 11.75 catches, 176.0
yards and 1.50 scoring catches per game against them. Their 15.0 yards-per-catch
average allowed to receivers is the seventh highest in the NFL.
- It's presumable to think that with most of the defensive attention likely
going toward wideout Miles Austin and tight
end Jason Witten, Williams could sneak in some
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
Torry Holt, Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
- Despite the emergence of Devin Aromashodu with Devin Hester (calf) out of action, Knox has totaled 12 targets in his last two games. He was on par with Hester's looks for the previous two weeks, as well, and has seen fewer than five looks just once since Week 3.
- Even if Hester returns this week, Knox should find some room against a porous Vikes pass D. Sure, cornerback Antoine Winfield returned, but they still have allowed 10.50 receptions, 141.5 receiving yards and 1.50 touchdowns per game to this position.
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Holt hasn't topped 50 yards since Week 6 and still hasn't found the end
zone this season. The positive: He has seen at least six targets in all but
two games this season, and the Jags will probably have to pass against the
Pats' solid run D. Point-per-reception owners should be the focus here.
- Though the return of safety James Sanders to the starting lineup helped
improve the secondary a bit last week, New England has coughed up 11.75 receptions,
199.8 yards and 1.75 receiving grabs per game to this position. The touchdown
average is the highest in the NFL.
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