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 Weeks 1 and 4, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
The league's leading sack squad (17, including six on Blaine Gabbert Sunday) is still widely available on waiver wires. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who's returned from a sprained knee, has gave the pass rush a lift by his own pressure and taking attention away from others along the D-line.
Time to Wake up
- Miami's Ryan Tannehill has been picked off six times and sacked eight times over the season's first month. Reggie Bush (knee) still may not be at 100 percent. Leon Hall (hamstring) might be back Sunday, and Nate Clements (calf) could also be back to shore up Cincy's cornerback position. Expect Tannehill to be under plenty of pressure on the road in Week 5.
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Wait ... both defenses from this game? Why not? Andy Dalton has taken 12 sacks and lost one fumble on the year while also tossing a pick in each game.
- The 'Phins have averaged 3.0 sacks and 1.25 pickoffs per game. Cameron Wake certainly woke up Sunday with 4.5 sacks and should continue making noise and have Dalton hearing footsteps. The Dolphins' stout run defense should force Dalton to the air frequently and create chances for takeaways.
- Miami ranks as the riskier play of these two units, of course, but their value increases in leagues that don't penalize heavily for points and yardage allowed.
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