Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 4

by Cory J. Bonini on September 29, 2011 @ 14:10:02 PDT

 


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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Denver Broncos PK Matt Prater
Drink Praterade this week

Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Longwell has averaged a pair of extra points and field goal attempts per contests in 2011. He has converted all of this tries. The Vikings' offense has failed to find a rhythm this year and could stall deep in Chiefs' territory on more than one occasion in Week 4.
  • KC has allowed opposing footers to boot 4.33 XPAs and 2.00 field goal attempts per game this season, allowing 10.3 fantasy points per game, which is tied for the second most in the league.

Matt Prater, Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Prater has connected on 75.0 percent of his field goal tries this year (1.33 attempts per game), and he has made all of his point-afters (2.33 per game).
  • Green Bay has given up 2.00 field goal attempts and 2.67 extra point kicks per game to the position this year.
  • This has a feeling of a game in which Denver could find their offense moving the ball successfully between the 20s but struggle to punch in it against Green Bay in the red zone. If you're looking for a "hunch play" that is somewhat backed up by statistical evidence, Prater is an intriguing choice this week.

Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Bailey's inclusion isn't so much based on the strength of his six-field goal performance in Week 3, but rather the factors that went into making it happen. Aspects that may not change heading into Week 4 play: Tony Romo (ribs) is still banged up, his offensive line remains shaky, Dallas' wide receivers could be the who's who of confused practice squaders, and Detroit's defense is as good if not better than Washington's.
  • Detroit has allowed only 1.33 point-after tries and 2.33 three-point attempts per game this season. The matchup isn't necessarily ideal, but the circumstances that come into play cannot be ignored. Bailey's leg should be in for a lot of work once again.

NEW - Graham Gano, Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Gano has been given significant chances to succeed in 2011, but he is kicking at only 66.7 percent right now. The 'Skins have provided him nine field goal tries in total, and an average of 2.00 XPAs per game. His long this year is 50 yards.
  • The Rams have allowed an average of 10.3 fantasy points per game to the position this year (tied for second most). They have given up 5.33 point-after attempts and 2.33 field goal tries per contest this year.
  • Look for Gano on your waiver wire as at least a one-week play and perhaps a long-term addition if he can straighten out his accuracy issues. He is available in approximately 95 percent of leagues polled.
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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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