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 4 through Week 7, unless otherwise stated.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons
In a week with six bye teams, and a few notable quarterback injuries to boot, Palmer should be on your short list of Week 8 choices. He can be found on nearly 60 percent of waiver wires, too.
The Falcons have allowed the fifth-most average fantasy points (22.3) per game, and they haven't picked off a pass in their last three outings. Atlanta's average pass rush shouldn't cause things to get too hairy for the Cards vet, either.
Geno Smith, New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
New York's coaching staff hasn't been afraid to let Smith sling it if he has to, even though they prefer to rely on a strong ground game. Smith is completing 62.0 percent of his passes, averaging 230.5 yards, 1.50 total touchdowns and 1.75 turnovers per outing.
Cincy lost their best defensive back in Leon Hall (Achilles') last week, and their defensive line has been banged up, as well. Detroit's Matthew Stafford torched them a week ago, but Smith isn't on that level yet. Expect modest numbers that will suffice for a bye week replacement.
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
New England's third-down back has a fine matchup in Week 8. The Patriots are all sorts of banged up on D right now, which could lead to more passing. They have been involving Bolden in the passing game a good deal of late, and that doesn't figure to change this week.
Miami has given up the most average receptions (9.00) and yardage (82.7) to running backs through the air. The position has managed 170.3 offensive yards and the second-most standard fantasy points (24.3) per game against the Dolphins.
Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys
Bell has been utilized 9.0 times per game in the last three weeks. He is fighting through injured ribs and could be relied on a bit more this week against a running back-friendly Dallas defense.
The Cowboys have given up 106.0 rushing yards, 63.8 receiving yards, an offensive touchdown and a healthy 7.00 receptions per game to the position this year.
Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Thomas started last week and took the majority of reps from Lamar Miller. The coaching staff says Miller remains the starter and Thomas' role was based on a game plan. That same method of attack could be employed against the Patriots, much like the New York Jets successfully did with the bruising Chris Ivory last week.
New England has yielded 109.5 rushing yards, 40.5 aerial gains and 0.75 offensive scores per game to enemy backs. Their defense has been ravaged by injuries lately and could be worse than the numbers show.
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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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