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: Quarterbacks
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
A concussion knocked quarterback Kyle Boller out of Week 5, forcing Bulger (shoulder) back sooner than expected. Assuming he looks good throwing the ball Wednesday, Oct. 14, Bulger will start Week 6.
Surprisingly GLAD to welcome back Bulger
- Bulger was perfect on all seven of his throws last week, finishing with 88 yards and one score. For the season, he has 427 yards and two touchdowns in four games, though his snaps were limited in two of them.
- The Jags are allowing 272.5 passing yards and 2.50 aerial scores per game to this position over the last four weeks; that includes 241 yards and four touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck in Week 5.
- St. Louis' offensive line should have an easier time with Jacksonville's pass rush; the Jags have just four sacks this year.
- Need a one-week play? Consider taking a chance on Bulger; he should be available in 90 percent of leagues polled.
NEW - Daunte Culpepper, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench
- Matthew Stafford's (knee) Week 6 status remain in question, meaning Culpepper could see another chance to start. He was sacked seven times. However, he proved serviceable replacing the rook in Week 5: 23-for-37 for 282 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
- The Pack has let quarterbacks put up a middling 214.3 aerial yards per game allowed to the position in three games since Week 1, but they have allowed 2.67 passing scores to this position per game in that time.
- Green Bay has been so tough on the run that Detroit might be forced to go to the air to move the ball, too.
- Keep tabs on Stafford's status if you plan on using Culpepper as a fill-in. If he starts, you can add him as a one-week play in nearly every polled league. He's more attractive if wideout Calvin Johnson (knee) plays, obviously.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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