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
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3
- Wallace has had at least five targets in four of his six games this year, including five in back-to-back weeks. The Steelers continue to seek him out as opponents focus their pass coverage on wideouts Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward.
- The run-stuffing Vikes have coughed up 11.50 receptions, 160.8 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per contest to this position since Week 2. They've let opposing No. 3 wideouts accumulate significant stats often this season and have given up a lot of big plays to receivers.
- The Vikes will be putting ample pass pressure on the Steelers' shaky line, meaning we may see more plays going toward secondary options. Also, Minny cornerback Antoine Winfield (foot) sprained his foot in Week 6 and may not play in Week 7. Replacing Winfield would leave weaker replacements in the nickel and dime packages, meaning Wallace could have an easier time contributing.
Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Chambers coming to life?
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Chambers has 15 targets in his last three games but has not put up remotely noteworthy fantasy numbers in that time (eight catches, 102 yards, one touchdown).
- If you have to rely on Chambers for a fill-in, you're in luck. Though the Bolts will probably run a bunch this coming week, the Chiefs welcome all skills players to walk all over them. In the last four weeks, KC has allowed 200.0 receiving yards per game to this position on just 11.00 receptions per contest.
- Oh, and don't forget the 1.50 receiving scores per game they have allowed to wideouts, as well. The yardage and touchdown averages rank in the league's bottom three under the aforementioned time range.
NEW - Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Less has been more for the explosive wideout, who has found paydirt thrice on just eight catches in '09. His 16.9 yards-per-catch mean lends itself to potential when they actually call his number.
- San Fran has only allowed 9.67 catches per game against wideouts in the last four weeks, but the 171.7 yards per game and 17.76 reception average stemming from that speaks to their big-play vulnerability. You would think most of the Niners' attention will be paid to wideout Andre Johnson and tight end Owen Daniels, anyway. Also, Niners safety Michael Lewis (concussion), a key part of their secondary, is day-to-day after suffering his third concussion last week.
- This matchup bodes well for a breakaway threat. Sure, Jones is hardly bankable for more than a few catches, but if you're looking for a home run as a fill-in, he's on the wire in about 93 percent of surveyed setups.
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