Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 5

by Cory J. Bonini on October 6, 2011 @ 17:09:13 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

Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks

Kansas City Chiefs PK Ryan Succop
Succop in battle of ineptitude

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Tynes doesn't deserve to be on your fantasy radar based on his merits, as he has kicked only two field goal attempts, one of which he missed, all season. He is averaging 3.25 extra point tries per game. That translates to a mere 4.00 fantasy points per week.
  • Seattle has allowed an average of 3.00 three-point tries (2.25 made) and 2.50 extra point attempts each week, good for the fifth most average fantasy points permitted.
  • The two teams match up well. Seattle's defense could force a mediocre Giants' O to settle for field goals more than New York has needed to through four weeks.

NEW - Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Barth has netted seven of his eight field goal tries this year and all nine of his points after touchdowns.
  • The Bucs' offense shouldn't have a hard time scoring on a 49ers D (especially the secondary) that has set up opposing boots for 2.75 three-point tries and 1.75 TD punctuations per contest. They might have to go through the air often to avoid a stout San Fran run defense, which might increase their chances of putting up points.

Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • KC has put Succop into position to average a lone extra point attempt and 2.50 field goal efforts per game. He has connected on 70.0 percent of his three-pointers.
  • Indy is tied for the sixth most fantasy points per game allowed to the position this year (9.0). They have given up 3.00 point-after tries and 2.50 field goal attempts (2.00 made) per week.
  • A matchup between two anemic offenses and pushover defenses could balance out to create a battle of field goals in Week 5.
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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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