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 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Anthony Armstrong, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- Armstrong was looked at just thrice in Week 16 after being on the end of 22 in his previous three games. He's a deep threat who's basically an all-or-nothing fantasy commodity, but he had at least four catches in his three games leading up to Sunday. His 18.7 yards-per-grab average notes his big-play potential.
- The Giants, who were trounced Sunday by the Green Bay Packers' passing game, have allowed wide receivers to average 13.75 catches, 186.5 yards and 1.25 touchdown grabs per game.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Jones benefits facing the Cover 2
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- Jones has 15 targets, nine catches and 131 receiving yards over his last two games, along with an end zone trip in each contest. Aaron Rodgers didn't miss a step coming back from his concussion this past Sunday, when James went 4-36-1.
- The Bears have allowed 11.00 catches, 166.8 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to wideouts. Their 15.2 receiving average coughed up to wideouts is the sixth highest figure in the NFL.
- Jones had a serviceable five-catch, 55-yard Week 3 affair against Chicago and is worth a pickup off your waiver wire. He's unowned in about half of leagues KFFL polled.
NEW - Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- The sophomore snared six passes on seven looks for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16, which didn't involve Chad Ochocinco (ankle) and Injured Reserve resident Terrell Owens (knee). Simpson has been able to play all three wideout spots, increasing his chances of being involved once again in Week 17, especially since Ocho won't make the trip for Week 17, as well.
- Baltimore's secondary has been suspect all season, even after free safety Ed Reed returning from the sidelines. They've allowed 14.00 catches, 178.8 yards and 1.25 scoring grabs per game to wideouts.
NEW - Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Roosevelt has been on the end of 12 looks since Week 14. He caught four of his nine targets in Week 16 for 74 yards. Buffalo employs its three- and four-wideout sets frequently, which means Roosevelt will still be in play, especially with David Nelson (ribs) now likely to miss the game.
- Though Roosevelt might wind up facing some coverage from Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie, the rest of the Jets' secondary is vulnerable. If he can score a matchup with one of the nickel or dime backs, he's golden. New York has allowed 10.25 catches, 140.3 yards and 1.75 touchdowns to this position per game.
- This matchup makes the former practice squadder a useful one-week rental for desperate Super Bowlers. He's available in nearly every polled league.
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