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 8 through Week 11 unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
Strap in Hanson
- The Jags have been fortunate - at least when it comes to the fortunes of opposing kickers, who have made only 1.75 field goals per game against Jacksonville. Booters have attempted 2.75 field goals and 3.50 extra points per game against Jacksonville in the given period, however. This season, the Week 12 hosts have given up 2.8 field goal attempts and 3.1 extra point attempts per game. The team's defense is awful.
- The Titans' unpredictable and flawed offense has hurt Bironas' 2012 opportunity rate. He's attempted less than two field goals per contest. In their last three games, though, he's received seven field goal tries.
- The return of QB Jake Locker in Week 10 makes Tennessee's O more inconsistent but also more dangerous. The bye should allow the Titans' second-year passer get back up to speed.
Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Did the Vikes rediscover their mojo in Week 10? Christian Ponder seemed to escape the funk that had been emanating from his game for several weeks prior by throwing for more than 200 yards and two scoring passes, with no INTs.
- Walsh has nailed his 2.33 field goal attempts and 2.00 extra point attempts. Of course, Walsh nails just about anything. No, no, no, not like The Situation. He just has the fourth-most kicking points this season because of his 2.40 field goal attempts (with a 95.8 percent success rate) and 2.10 extra point attempts per game.
- If the Bears are without Jay Cutler (concussion) again, their offense may well struggle to move the ball and could turn it over more often, giving Minnesota more chances to cash in.
Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Hanson has had only 1.25 field goal attempts, to go along with his 3.25 extra point attempts, per game recently. Detroit's offense has begun to wake up, and the expected effect is that its drives into opponents' territory have stalled less often.
- The Texans, uncharacteristically, have yielded 2.00 field goal attempts and 1.33 extra point attempts per game to their foes in their last three games. The defense didn't look too sharp against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past weekend.
- Let's keep in mind that the Jags' performance this past weekend has inflated the arbitrary window for points allowed to the position here. In a short week, Houston does have a little less time to prepare for the Lions, at least, however. If Hanson is your regular kicker, you shouldn't necessarily be quick to search for a replacement.
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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