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 2 and 5, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Barth returns from his bye week and should be a target on your waiver wire. He has made all of his kicks on the season, including going 9-for-9 on field goals with a long of 57. Barth has attempted at least two field goals in every game but one and has a pair of three trey-kick games under his belt.
- Kansas City has afforded 8.3 fantasy points per game to the position, stemming from 3.00 extra point attempts and 2.00 field goal tries allowed each week. Kickers have been perfect on the point-afters and have made 1.75 kicks from distance, on average.
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Vinatieri has returned to fantasy lineups with Andrew Luck leading the charge. The Colts' offense is more reliant on three-point kicks this year than we have been accustomed to during the veteran kicker's tenure with the club. He has averaged 1.67 touchdown cappers and has made 2.33 of 3.00 field goal attempt per contest.
- New York has provided quality matchups for the position by permitting 3.25 field goal attempts and 2.75 extra points. Kickers have averaged 9.5 fantasy points per game against them. This matchup could be close since both teams match up fairly well across the board.
NEW - Nick Folk, New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Folk has averaged only 1.25 field goal attempts and as many extra point tries per game, making all of them. That equates to only 5.0 points per game, although that figure should improve against the Colts.
- Indianapolis has allowed 2.33 field goal attempts and 2.00 point-afters per matchup. While kickers have made only 1.67 three-point kicks, on average, it is the number of opportunities to focus on.
- These teams match up fairly well across the board and should engage in a competitive battle.
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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