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 5, unless otherwise stated.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants
It is tough to envision any respectable quarterback with a competent receiving corps to not have a strong outing against the Giants' lowly defense. Cutler exceeded expectations last week against a wholly better D and shouldn't see much pressure from New York's anemic pass rush.
The G-Men have given up 25.4 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, which is the fourth most allowed. New York's secondary is banged up and has underperformed.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers
It has been a rough go of it so far for Flacco in 2013. Two weeks ago, his 347-yard, two-touchdown effort was an encouraging sign, but much of it was mitigated by the five picks he tossed.
Green Bay will be without their best defender in linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), which is a great sign for Flacco, since he has been dropped 14 times in five games. QBs have completed 66.7 percent of their throws, averaging 307.3 yards and 2.25 touchdowns through the air against this unit.
NEW - Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos
Garbage-time fantasy points are still points, right? Denver should blow the doors off the Jags and recycle them into horseshoes before the end of the first half, but that doesn't mean Henne cannot take advantage of the porous Broncos defensive backfield in Week 6. Matt Ryan owners, for example, can consider Henne a worthy waiver wire acquisition if they don't have an adequate backup choice.
Denver, for the record, has allowed a whopping -- and league-high -- 365.4 passing yards per game to quarterbacks. The position has managed 2.00 TD tosses and 24.8 fantasy points, on average, against this D.
Roy Helu, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Starter Alfred Morris (ribs) is dinged up but should be fine. The Redskins may want to limit his work and spell him more often with third-down back Helu this week. It couldn't come with a much better matchup for fantasy purposes.
Dallas has permitted a league-worst 9.0 receptions to running backs, which has resulted in an average of 74.4 yards and 0.60 touchdowns against through the air. In all, backs have posted 146.2 yards per game when facing the 'Boys.
Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
Looking for a shot at a cheap touchdown at a low price? Check for Tolbert on your waiver wire and hope for the best. He is Carolina's surest bet for goal line work out of the backfield and is in a better position than Kenjon Barner at this point, due to his knowledge of the system.
Minnesota has given up 155.8 offensive yards and 1.25 total scores per game to the position this year. Only Pittsburgh has yielded more per-contest fantasy points to RBs in 2014.
Ben Tate, Houston Texans vs. St. Louis Rams
Tate is on pace for a hefty workload for a backup and has produced well for the Texans with a 6.2 yards-per-carry average on 41 totes. His 2.2 receptions-per-game is a career best.
St. Louis' run defense has been shaky most of the year, having allowed 122.2 rushing yards, 37.6 receiving gains, 4.4 catches and 1.2 offense scores, on average.
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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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