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.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
While not outstanding, Hasselbeck was efficient in Week 1, completing 18 of 23 tosses for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He also found the end zone on a short run. Hass seems to enjoy having new No. 1 wideout Mike X. Williams in town and tight end John Carlson not having to pass-block all the time.
Did Hass step in the rejuvenation machine?
- The Jacksonville Jaguars' David Garrard totaled 170 passing yards - not surprising - but three touchdown passes - surprising - against Denver in Week 1. However, there's some legitimacy to that. The Broncos lost defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and pass-rushing linebacker Elvis Dumervil (pectoral) for the season. Quarterbacks might not have as much to worry about from this opposing front seven this year.
- If your quarterback crop is thin or you own Kevin Kolb (concussion) or Matthew Stafford (shoulder), Hasselbeck could serve as a replacement at least for this week.
NEW - Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Kevin Kolb (concussion) passed the first part of his concussion test on the third try, but Vick is still slated to start in Week 2. Vick gave the offense a spark last week, throwing for 175 yards and one score in just over a half. He also ran the ball 11 times for 103.
- Philly's line is banged up. They gave up six sacks last week. Center Jamaal Jackson (triceps) is done for the year. Detroit's D-line should be able to generate plenty of pressure. Vick showed in last week's game against the Green Bay Packers that his pre-prison speed and elusiveness (despite three sacks) have returned.
- Vick also showed some command of Philly's West Coast offense; he completed 16 of his 24 passes. Detroit's pass D could be vulnerable. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 372 yards against the Lions last week; yes, he's in a different offense and category of passers, but Detroit didn't show much ability to cover anyone last week.
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