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 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Allen hungry for Stafford sacks
Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- The Seahawks have averaged 2.25 sacks, 2.0 picks and a fumble recovery per game, which included a shocking win against the Baltimore Ravens and a five-sack outing against these Rams. Even better, this St. Louis team has a more depleted wideout corps and might be down to its third quarterback. If Tom Brandstater starts - heck, even if Sam Braford (ankle) or A.J. Feeley (thumb) goes - the Rams' offense will be hurting.
- Grab Seattle off your free-agent list if you're looking for DT help.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Are defenses running thin on your wire? This is hardly ideal: on the road versus a Matthew Stafford-led offense. But Minny has been capable of controlling the line of scrimmage on the defensive side with 2.75 sacks registered per game, a top-10 average. They've added 1.25 fumble recoveries per contest in that time.
- Stafford didn't use a glove in Week 13 and looked better, but he still threw a pick and was sacked thrice. Detroit probably won't have to play catch-up like they did versus the New Orleans Saints, so maybe Stafford won't have to take many chances, but how will his tweaked ankle respond versus Jared Allen? Stafford is hardly Drew Brees in terms of efficiency, so even if Minny gives up plenty of points, compiling sacks and turnovers could help the right team depending on their league's scoring setup.
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