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.
Note: All statistics are from Week 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
Justin Gage, Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Crabtree has quickly picked up San Fran's offense, earning 15 targets in
his first two NFL games. He led them with six catches
and 81 yards in Week 8. Don't expect his involvement to decrease, either.
- The Titans have regained some battered key pieces
of their secondary but have been overly vulnerable against the pass. Tennessee
has yielded 17.33 grabs, 207.3 receiving yards and a whopping 2.67 touchdowns
per game to wideouts since Week 4 (three games).
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- Gage has to be pleased that Vince Young is back behind center for the Titans. He had an evident rapport with the mobile "quarterback" in '07 and should see more targets as a result.
- Despite making some recent changes to improve their secondary, the Niners have allowed 15.46 yards per catch to receivers in the last four weeks (three games), which also includes per-game averages of 13.67 receptions, a league-high 211.3 yards and 1.00 touchdowns.
- You should look to acquire Gage if you're in need of a depth option. He's available for the taking in about 80 percent of surveyed setups.
NEW - Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers at New York Giants
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
NEW - Mike Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Floyd is SD's "new" No. 2 WR
- The Bolts' jettisoning of Chris Chambers
makes Floyd the No. 2 wideout. Sure, he enters a crowded picture in receiving
targets, but the 6-foot-5 Floyd had been causing matchup issues as a No. 3.
The Chargers enjoy using vertically inclined vertical
threats, as well.
- The Gints secondary has been rather tiny lately, being battered for 9.50
receptions, 165.3 yards and 1.25 touchdown grabs per contest. That receiving
average (17.39) is the second highest in the league.
- Floyd's increased opportunities and big-play ability in a high-flying offense
should cause his current 64 percent polled-league availability to plummet
quickly. He's a capable No. 5 fantasy option for your roster.
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Thomas has been quietly climbing the target list for Jacksonville and has caught at least four passes in three of his last four outings. He hasn't been doing much with his snares this year (9.8 yards per), but his involvement remains steady.
- The Chiefs haven't been burned in receptions (8.33) but have coughed up 173.3 yards and 1.33 paydirt grabs per game. That 20.80 yards-per-catch average is the biggest figure in the NFL.
- Looking for depth in a point-per-reception setup? Thomas can prove useful, especially since the Jags' passing game has opened up this year. He's available in nearly every format.
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