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 2 to Week 5, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets at Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
Sanchez yet to throw a pick
- "The Sanchise" has thrown eight touchdowns without an interception
this year. He only completed 21 of his 44 passes in Week 5, though, and didn't
register an aerial touchdown against a typically beatable Minnesota Vikings
- The Broncos haven't been terrible against the pass, giving up 231.8
passing yards but only 1.25 aerial touchdowns per game. Of the five throwing
touchdowns, three were tallied in Week 3 by the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning.
- Why the strong play tag applies: For Week 6, the Broncos have already
ruled out free safety Brian Dawkins (knee) and cornerback Andre' Goodman (thigh),
meaning their secondary outside of cornerback Champ Bailey should be even
more vulnerable. The Jets also just welcomed wide receiver Santonio Holmes
back from a four-game suspension, so they'll have another weapon to test this
depleted defensive backfield.
Vince Young, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Young didn't finish with inspiring Week 5 stats (12-for-25, 173 yards),
but both of his touchdowns came during a first half when the Titans shredded
the Dallas Cowboys' vulnerable pass D. Young hasn't thrown a pick in his last
three games and had completion percentages above 60.0 in his two games prior
to Week 5.
- Young faces a similarly vulnerable Jaguars' pass resistance in Week
6 - they've allowed QBs to rattle off 299.3 passing yards, 2.75 aerial touchdowns
and 0.25 rushing scores per game, along with a 67.6 completion percentage.
- In his Week 8 matchup with Jacksonville last year, he only accumulated 125
passing yards and one touchdown, but he ran for 30 yards and went 15-for-18
on his throws.
- Young's matchup calls for a one-week play if you're in need of a
Week 6 substitute. He should be available in 48 percent of leagues polled.
NEW - Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Yup, Matt Cassel. The Chiefs signal caller has only have four touchdowns this year (three coming in Week 3) and has topped 176 passing yards in a game just once, but....
- Houston has surrendered 286.7 passing yards (third most in the league) and 2.00 passing touchdowns (tied multi-way for fourth most) per game. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 69.1 percent of their passes against this defense. It's not just the elite quarterbacks: The Oakland Raiders' Bruce Gradkowski threw for 278 yards and two scores against them in Week 4.
- Given Houston's stout run D, Kansas City probably will have to utilize their passing game more than usual this week.
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