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 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Josh Brown, St. Louis Rams at New Orleans Saints
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Brown is 10-for-11 on field goals in his last four games, along with making eight of nine extra point attempts. He's 24-for-29 on field goal tries this year, including a respectable 7-for-9 from 40-plus yards.
- The Rams might have to settle for field goals often against the Saints, who've helped kickers march into fantasy production. Opposing boots have averaged 3.33 field goal attempts and 2.00 extra point tries per game.
- This matchup makes Brown a one-week play off your waiver wire.
Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Longwell's eight kicking points in Week 13 came on the back of five post-touchdown tallies. He has attempted just one field goal in each of the last three games; he has only 14 field goal tries on the year - on the bright side, he has made 13 of those.
- The stingy Giants could give Longwell more three-point chances. They've allowed 2.75 field goal tries and 2.00 extra point attempts per game.
NEW - Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- The Bills' offense has improved enough to limit Lindell to 17 field goal tries in 12 games; he has hit 12 of those attempts for a subpar season. He notched three three-pointers in Week 12 but had either one or zero attempts in his other three games in the last month.
- While opposing kickers have made just 1.75 field goals per game against the Browns, they have attempted 3.25, along with 2.00 touchdown punctuations. Cleveland's kicking points allowed could be greater if not for good fortune.
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