Fantasy Football Sleepers: PK - Week 5 (with video)

by Cory J. Bonini on October 3, 2012 @ 18:23:54 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 Weeks 1 and 4, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

Seattle Seahawks PK Steven Hauschka
Hauschka's foot will be busy

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Seattle's offense is sputtering but has been good enough to provide Hauschka just enough work to be relevant. He has attempted 2.00 field goals, making 1.75, and 1.75 extra point kicks (all good) per game. That is good for 7.0 fantasy points per contest.
  • The Panthers have been the friendliest team in the NFL to the place kicker position, allowing 12.3 points per game. Kickers have knocked through every kick they have faced, which averages to 3.25 field goals and 2.50 extra points per matchup.

Shayne Graham, Houston Texans at New York Jets

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • New York's offense was shut out in Week 4 and their defense let up 245 rushing yards, which is right up Houston's alley. However, a performance like that resonates with a defensive-minded coaching staff; expect a better effort this week, which will force Houston to settle for points off Graham's leg more often than usual.
  • Graham has averaged a respectable 9.0 fantasy points per game on 3.75 extra points and 1.75 three-pointers, on average. The only kick he has missed was a 52-yarder in Week 1.
  • The Jets have provided footers an average of 2.50 field goal attempts and 3.25 point-afters. Every touchdown punctuation was good, while 1.50 of the per-game treys split the uprights.

NEW - Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • The Bolts' offense has created a wealth of kicking opps for Nate Kaeding (groin), whose status remains up in the air, and Nick Novak. The latter scored 13 fantasy points last week, kicking perfectly on all four of his extra points and trio of field goal attempts. Kaeding averaged 2.33 three-point offerings over three games.
  • New Orleans has given up the second most average fantasy points (11.0) per game to the position in the league. Kickers have perfectly kicked 2.50 field goal attempts and 3.50 touchdown punctuations per outing against this defense.
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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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