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 3 through Week 6, unless otherwise stated.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Don't expect the young Dolphins passer to light the world ablaze versus division-rival Buffalo this week, but he makes for a nice replacement if you're looking at a vacationing Drew Brees on your roster. Tannehill has averaged 264.0 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game -- not exactly stellar figures, but enough to work with.
Buffalo has afforded quarterbacks to post per-game stats of 309.3 yards and 2.25 offensive touchdowns.
Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings
This season really can't get much work for Manning, and just when you are completely ready to give up on him, the Vikings come to town. Could it turn around this week? The numbers suggest it certainly is a possibility.
Minnesota has given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position, at 25.3. That figure stems from an average of 315.3 yards and 2.33 passing scores against.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams
DAW took the backseat to Mike Tolbert's two touchdowns last week. Williams, for the record, has averaged 17.3 carries, 74.3 rushing yards, 2.67 catches and 26.7 receiving yards per game, but he hasn't found the end zone in the last four weeks.
St. Louis has given up 160.5 rushing yards per contest to running backs, which is an insane number -- 47.5 more than the next closest average. Furthermore, they have given up 39.3 additional yards to through the air and 1.25 offensive scores, on average.
Roy Helu, Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears
PPR owners have to get Helu into their lineups. He is seeing enough work to matter, and clearly is Washington's third-down back. With a shaky defense of his own, Robert Griffin III is forced to pass more than the coaching staff would like to see.
The Bears' run defense is suspect, at best, with all the injuries they've faced. Also, they give up a lot of points to receiving backs (average of 7.5 receptions, 51.5 yards and 0.50 touchdowns). In all, rushers have averaged 154.8 offensive yards and 1.25 scores to the position.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fresh off his largest, most productive workload of the season -- 22 carries for 102 yards -- Mathews gets to enjoy a matchup with the Jaguars.
While most of the Jags' numbers against (second-worst against the position) came in Week 6, they still showed the ability to be gouged. This D has given up a touchdown per game in the last month, even if three came to Denver's Knowshon Moreno.
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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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