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 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams
Detroit Lions vs. St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Takeaways haven't been abundant for the Lions (1.00 per game in the last three contests), but their pass rush (3.33 sacks per game) has thrived.
- They welcome an enticing matchup; in the last four weeks the also-hapless Rams have enjoyed being sacked (2.75 allowed per game) and turning over the ball (2.50).
- Sure, quarterback Marc Bulger has looked OK since he came back from injury, but against a competent pass rush in Week 7, Bulger was sacked three times.
- This could turn into a shootout of ugliness, but as long as your scoring system doesn't penalize points allowed, you should rent the Lions if necessary for the week if your fantasy waiver wire is barren. They're available in nearly every polled league.
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Houston hasn't shown much reason to be confident in their D in the last four weeks. They've only averaged 1.50 sacks and 0.50 picks per game since Week 4.
- Positives: Their new defensive line rotation and strong safety Bernard Pollard have vastly improved their run D; in their last four outings, they've also recorded 1.75 fumble recoveries, tops in the league.
- The Bills have yielded 2.75 sacks and 2.00 turnovers per contest (including 1.25 interceptions thrown) since Week 3.
- Buffalo's front five has been a mess this season, and with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm in place of Trent Edwards (concussion), count on the Bills offense struggling to move the ball and being more susceptible to sacks and takeaways.
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