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 1 through Week 4, unless otherwise stated.
Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Eli has had a rough go of it this season, becoming a turnover machine for defenses to feast on. The Giants' offense has been in shambles, primarily because of injuries along the protection front. Hosting the Eagles may be just what the doctor ordered for the ailing G-Men.
Philly has allowed quarterbacks to post the third most fantasy points per game to the position, stemming from 339.5 yards and 2.25 TDs, on average, each outing.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Look for the Rams to open up their playbook in effort to not be so predictable. Jacksonville is a welcomed sight for an offense that cannot get over the hump and has been plagued by inconsistency.
The Jags have surrendered 231.8 yards and 2.25 touchdown passes per matchup, playing especially poorly in the last two weeks -- the worst defense against QBs in that abbreviated time.
Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Green Bay's backfield touch breakdown is sketchy, at best, right now, but Franklin should be the frontrunner for third-down duties. He showcased what he is capable of before the Packers' bye week with 103 rushing yards on just 13 carries, and Franklin chipped in three catches for 23 yards. Furthermore, running back James Starks (knee) may miss the divisional tilt in Week 5.
Detroit has given up two aerial touchdowns in four games to the running back position. While they have permitted only 87.5 rushing yards per outing to the position, RBs have ripped off 5.0 yards per attempt against them. You could do worse than taking a shot on Franklin in deep PPR leagues in a week that is without Alfred Morris, Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin because of byes.
NEW - Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Richardson simply hasn't been able to get the job done this year. He is averaging 2.7 yards per tote on the season and hasn't found the end zone. Look for Stacy and Cunningham to share the workload, perhaps with a little Isaiah Pead sprinkled in, against a porous Jaguars team.
Jacksonville has given up 127.3 rushing yards, 31.5 receiving yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game to running backs. They have yielded 5.0 yards an attempt this season.
David Wilson, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Has anyone been a bigger disappointment at running back than Wilson? He has averaged a measly 3.4 yards per carry, has failed to find the end zone, and has fumbled away the ball twice, which is exactly as many receptions as he has logged. The Giants cut running back Da'Rel Scott, so Wilson could see more work this week.
Philadelphia has allowed 151.8 offensive yards and 0.75 scores to running backs. Wilson could rip off a long run or two and give fantasy owners enough points to warrant playing him. He undoubtedly is a risky play.
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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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