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 5 through Week 8 unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Kai Forbath, Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Washington replaced the ineffective Billy Cundiff by bringing back Forbath, who has kicked in three games for D.C. He's made all six of his field goal attempts, and the Redskins have given him eight PATs to try, too. His lone chance at a one-pointer this past Sunday was blocked because he didn't lift it.
- The Panthers have been the most generous team in all the land to kickers this season. They're the only team to have yielded more than three field goal attempts per game, and they've surrendered two extra point attempts per game, too.
- Carolina has played a little better on defense lately, for a couple of reasons, but in they've still been unable to keep opponents from getting into field goal range. Kickers have enjoyed their shots at three field goals and 1.33 extra points per contest.
NEW - Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Barth launched a trio of treys in Week 8, along with three touchdown cappers, for his best points effort of the season. He's made 13 of his 15 kicks this year and has lined up for at least two in five of his seven contests.
- The Silver and Black have allowed the second most fantasy points per game (10.7) to enemy boots on the back of 3.33 FGAs and 1.67 XPAs per game. Their D is improving but remains susceptible.
Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- The Ravens have endured some injury issues of their own, and they're all on defense. They looked vulnerable prior to the biggest ones, anyway. They've given up 2.67 field goal attempts and 2.33 extra point attempts per game.
- Dawson hasn't attempted a field in either of his last two games. The Browns' offense has been a little stagnant in recent weeks, in part because of some health issues and uncooperative weather.
OK, let's get real: Cleveland ain't exactly fielding a juggernaut. Rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden have helped to make it an often competent unit, though.
- Dawson hasn't missed a field goal attempt or an extra point attempt this season. The veteran with a pretty strong right leg has 12 of the former and 16 of the latter in eight games. In Week 4 in Baltimore, he drilled three field goals from 50-plus and piled up 10 total points.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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