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 7 to Week 10, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Bradford has posted a 68.0 completion percentage over the last four weeks but has averaged just 189.3 passing yards and 1.67 touchdown tosses. On the bright side, he hasn't thrown a pick since Week 5.
- An even brighter side is his Week 11 dance with the Falcons, who've allowed 272.0 passing yards and 2.67 touchdown passes to quarterbacks. They've also allowed QBs to complete 65.1 percent of their pass attempts in that time.
- Bradford deserves a one-week pickup based on this matchup, especially since Atlanta's stout run D should force the Rams to dial up aerial strikes often.
Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
Bradford, Rams could heave often
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Campbell remains Oakland's starting quarterback. He has averaged 247.7 passing yards and 1.67 touchdowns over his last three games despite a 57.5 completion percentage.
- The strong Pittsburgh D has still been kind to quarterbacks since Week 6, having allowed 290.0 passing yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game.
- Granted, the Raiders' pass O isn't as dangerous as those of the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals or New England Patriots - Pittsburgh's opponents - but Oakland could find itself catching up through the air if Pittsburgh dominates at home. Also, Oakland is expecting wideout Louis Murphy (lung) to return this week, so that's another weapon for Campbell.
NEW - Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Despite tossing only 1.50 touchdowns and 230.0 yards per game, Freeman has completed 63.1 percent of his attempts and is slowly becoming a more stable fantasy option. His two interceptions in Week 9 are the only picks he has thrown since Week 5. Freeman has tossed two touchdowns in each of his last two games.
- The Niners have allowed opposing 'slingers to average 309.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game, with a 69.9 completion percentage. San Fran played the Carolina Panthers (Matt Moore) and the St. Louis Rams (Sam Bradford) in that time, but despite touchdowns being low, those iffy fantasy QBs picked apart San Fran with completion percentages of 68.3 percent or higher. Kyle Orton had a field day despite finding the end zone just once.
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