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 8 to Week 13, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks
Tom Brady, New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers
Don't expect huge numbers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Despite the birth of Brady's second child, not everything is rosy in New England. He's questioning the toughness and attitude of his teammates, and wideout Randy Moss was sent home after his late arrival to a team meeting. Brady has compiled just seven touchdown passes along with six interceptions in his last five games.
- The Panthers present a much better fantasy matchup for running backs; per game against arms, they've allowed 240.5 passing yards but have yielded only 0.83 passing scores and picked off 2.33 passes per game. Sure, they benefited from five Josh Freeman interceptions last week, but Carolina bent and didn't break in terms of stats against Drew Brees in Week 9 after they put a beating on Kurt Warner in Week 8.
- OK, we're not saying to bench him everywhere, but as previously noted, the Pats have such a notable running back matchup against this team that Brady might not be needed as much. Running back Sammy Morris is returning to the fold, and Laurence Maroney remains a touchdown threat despite his recent fumbling issues.
About Tim Heaney
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