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 1 to Week 3, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- The Colts boast a top-10 pass rush statistically so far, averaging 2.33 sacks per game so far. They've tacked on 1.00 interceptions and 1.00 fumble recoveries per contest so far, as well; remember, they're used to not having playmaking strong safety Bob Sanders in their lineup. The Colts have allowed 27 points total in the last two weeks after being burned by the Houston Texans in Week 1.
- Though these games typically are competitive, the Jags are in good position to help pad the Colts' defensive stats. Jacksonville has allowed 3.00 sacks, 1.67 interceptions and 0.67 lost fumbles per game so far this year. Their O-line hasn't been up to par, and quarterback David Garrard was sacked six times by an aggressive Philadelphia Eagles team last week. Now, he faces rushing D-ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Gulp.
- The Colts are probably still available in many leagues. If your defense is on a bye, give Indy a try at least for this week. They might be a decent test for the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins in the two games after Week 4.
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