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.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Despite giving up 21 points, the Panthers pumped out some stats in their matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite registering four sacks, one fumble recovery and an interception.
- Buffalo's offensive line has been disastrous this year. They have allowed 3.25 sacks per game, a bottom-10 average, along with 2.50 giveaways per contest in the last four weeks.
- The Bills might have to play Week 7 without quarterback Trent Edwards (concussion). This doesn't sound so bad for the Bills in general, but replacement quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would probably take more sacks and could still provide ample interception chances.
- To fill a hole in the run D, the Panthers acquired defensive tackle Tank Tyler from the Kansas City Chiefs, in theory an upgrade to the position since he'll return to his more comfortable place in a 4-3 scheme.
Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench
- In the last four weeks the Raiders rank in the middle of the pack with 2.50 sacks per game but have only averaged 0.75 takeaways per contest in that time.
- New York has yielded 2.50 sacks and 3.00 turnovers per game in the last four weeks. The turnover figure is a bit inflated, though, after Jets rookie slinger Mark Sanchez threw five picks in Week 6. That should prove to be an aberration, since he threw five picks in his other five games combined and has lost two fumbles this year. Nevertheless, the Jets also have receiver Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) banged up and tight end Dustin Keller failing to make much of an impact. In other words, don't expect an offensive explosion from this unit.
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