Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 9

by Cory J. Bonini on November 3, 2011 @ 16:32:39 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 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess
Bess seeing looks, not scores

Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Despite seeing 6.67 targets per game, Bess has been rather non-existent in the stats sheet. He has averaged 4.00 receptions for 38.7 yards but has not scored. Bess is seeing ample looks with Brandon Marshall constantly being doubled.
  • The Chiefs' pass defense has given up 11.00 receptions, 143.3 yards and 1.33 receiving scores per game to the position. Receivers have tallied 13.0 yards per reception.
  • Bess is a risky play and should be given preference in point-per-reception setups.

Greg Salas, St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Salas saw 18 total looks in Sam Bradford's last two games before his ankle injury cost him two weeks of play. He has seen eight total targets with A.J. Feeley at the helm. Bradford is out of his walking boot and has a chance to play this week. In all, Salas has averaged 5.00 receptions on a half-dozen average looks for 52.3 yards per game. He has not found the end zone. Having Brandon Lloyd in town will take looks from him but also frees Salas up over the middle.
  • The Cardinals have given up 204.7 yards per game, which is the most in the last month, to the receiver position. That comes on an average of 11.67 receptions (17.5 per catch) and 0.67 receiving scores each outing.
  • Salas is dealing with a very minor ankle tweak and is expected to play in Week 9.

Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Robinson has averaged 4.33 targets (3.00 receptions), 57.0 yards and 0.33 aerial scores per contest. The Cowboys' offense has been sluggish of late, but Robinson has been involved as Dez Bryant and Miles Austin have been taken out of games.
  • Seattle has yielded an average of 11.00 receptions, 148.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game, which translates to an average of 21.7 in standard scoring.
  • Robinson's looks will be determined by the game flow, but Seattle's secondary is weak enough to warrant consideration in deep fantasy leagues.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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