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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots
- Gibson has been targeted 26 times in his first two games as a Ram. The talented rook has already stepped into a starting gig with the injury woes to the Rams' wideout corps. An injury has also hit Rams quarterback Marc Bulger (leg); Kyle Boller will start in his place. That shouldn't be enough to keep you from playing Gibson this week, though.
- The Seahawks have rolled over against wideouts lately, offering up 12.25 receptions, 170.0 yards and 2.50 scoring grabs per game to this position. Their secondary has yet to improve drastically with the return of cornerback Marcus Trufant.
- Gibson should be grabbed immediately due to his newfound opportunity. He's available in nearly all leagues.
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
James Jones, Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Floyd could be in for a big week
- Henderson, the prototypical boom-or-bust fantasy play, has seen more frequent target totals this season but was looked at just once in Week 11 during a blowout win. Before that, he was looked to at least six times in three of the Saints' previous four games.
- The Pats have surrendered 12.00 receptions, 155.7 yards and 1.33 touchdown catches to this position per game. It's safe to say the Saints will be playing a game of match with their equally explosive counterparts.
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- Like Henderson, Jones boasts a lot of polar performances this season, but he has registered at least three catches in each of his last three games. However, he has totaled 39 yards on seven catches in his last two.
- Luckily, Jones' reception average before that was 23.9. Even more fortune: The Lions have surrendered 14.8 yards per catch, along with 12.50 receptions, 185.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to wideouts.
- Jones caught two passes for 55 yards and a score in Week 6 against the Lions. He grabbed six passes for 43 yards and a score against them in two games last year.
- You can rent Jones in hopes of exploiting this defense. Jones can be acquired in about 86 percent of surveyed leagues.
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Floyd has averaged five targets per contest in his last four games but has
just 11 catches for his efforts over that time. The positives: His role as
the No. 2 wideout in this offense and his elite 18.2 yards-per-catch average
offer big-play potential.
- KC has also allowed 13.0 receptions, 188.7 yards and 0.67 receiving scores
per game to this position. Chiefs cornerbacks Brandon
Flowers (5-foot-9, 187 pounds) and Brandon
Carr (6-foot, 207 pounds) offer prime matchup fodder for the 6-foot-5
- Floyd caught just two passes for nine yards in Week 7 against the Chiefs
but found the end zone. He combined for nine catches, 143 and two scores in
their pair of Chiefs contests last year.
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