Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 1

by Tim Heaney on September 9, 2010 @ 17:02:00 PDT

 


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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • The Bears brought in defensive end Julius Peppers in an effort to improve their pass rush. They also will regain linebacker Brian Urlacher, whose '09 season was wrecked by injury. Without these two pieces last year, Chicago struggled to put together a dynamic D, averaging just 0.81 interceptions and 2.12 sacks per contest. 
  • Despite their offensive upgrades, the Lions still look ripe for turnovers as quarterback Matthew Stafford starts his second NFL season. Defenses averaged 2.63 sacks and 2.00 interceptions per game last year against the Lions. 
  • Stafford was sacked five times and picked off once in his Week 4 meeting with a Peppers- and Urlacher-less Chicago last year. Detroit's offensive line hasn't improved enough to think there will be a radical correction to the possibly Chicago can bring him down multiple times.
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