Fantasy football sleepers: DT - Week 16

by Tim Heaney on December 23, 2010 @ 17:31:00 PDT


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 12 to Week 15, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Defensive teams

Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins

Barrett Ruud, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Give the Bucs a shot

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Detroit has averaged 3.00 sacks per game. Unfortunately, their interceptions aren't as frequent: just 0.50 per game in that time. The Lions' secondary is a weak spot.
  • Fortunately, the Lions can still find ways to earn fantasy points. In his last four starts, QB Chad Henne has thrown five interceptions and been sacks 12 times - at least thrice in three of those four contests. Henne's play has been sloppy, to say the least.
  • Even if Detroit has trouble in allowing yardage and points, they should still record other fantasy avenues for points - at this point in the fantasy playoffs, enough for a one-week play.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The Bucs have recorded just 1.50 sacks, 0.75 interceptions and 0.25 fumble recoveries per game - their defense hasn't been the same since cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) went on Injured Reserve.
  • Luckily, the Seahawks are sticking with Matt Hasselbeck at QB since they're kinda sorta still in a divisional race. Heck, even if they made the switch to Charlie Whitehurst, they'd still be a good fantasy matchup. They've allowed opposing defenses to record 2.00 sacks, 2.50 interceptions and 0.75 fumble recoveries per game.
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