Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 2

by Cory J. Bonini on September 12, 2012 @ 16:00:11 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.

Note: All statistics are from Week 1, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Oakland Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski
Kick their ... butts, Sebas

Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Oakland's anemic offense provided Janikowski two field goal attempts, both of which he made, with 51 yards being the long. He didn't try a point-after attempt. The Raiders' passing game was resigned to relying on Darren McFadden to the tune of 13 receptions since their deep-passing game was nonexistent with injuries to their top deep threats.
  • Miami surrendered four field goal attempts, three of which were good, and trice allowed touchdown exclamations. A so-so defense versus a dink-and-dunk Raiders O should result in ample chances for the strong-legged Polish point-earner.

Justin Medlock, Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Medlock's innocuous debut wrapped up with one field goal try and as many extra point attempts splitting the uprights against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • The Saints' Week 1 defeat to the Washington Redskins was a kicking frenzy for Billy Cundiff. He knocked in all four of his extra point tries and as many trey attempts for a 16-point effort.

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Miami's offense must improve, but let's expect baby steps before they sprint to a convincing victory with precision aerial strikes from rookie Ryan Tannehill. In the meantime, Carpenter's leg should get quite the workout. He kicked one field goal and a lone extra point against the mighty Houston Texans D in the opener, but the upcoming matchup with Oakland figures to be much friendlier to his chances.
  • Oakland's bend-but-don't-break defensive approach against the San Diego Chargers resulted in a whopping five Nate Kaeding three-pointers. While it would be presumptuous to chalk up that kind of work for Carpenter this week, that kind of stat line leaves one encouraged in his chances.

NEW - Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Walsh made all four of his field goal attempts in the opener, including a pressure-packed 55-yarder to force overtime and a 38-yarder in OT. The rookie also added two extra points.
  • Indy gave up five extra points and a pair of three-pointers to the Chicago Bears, whose offense is better than Minnesota's. Regardless of how optimistic, the Vikes could see those stats reversed in Week 2.
  • Walsh could be added in all leagues and at the very least as a one-week play.
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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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