Fantasy Football Sleepers: PK - Week 16 (with video)

by Nicholas Minnix and Cory J. Bonini on December 19, 2012 @ 14:13:44 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 12 through Week 15 unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

    Kansas City Chiefs PK Ryan Succop
    Do you dare trust Succop?
  • The Bucs have spiraled downward recently, and they've taken Barth with them. He has only seven field goal attempts, with six of them made, in the given time period. Last week, the New Orleans Saints blanked - yes, shut out, held scoreless, gave up a big fat zero points - to their division rivals.
  • It has, to say the least, come to Tampa Bay's attention that they've really sucked, so expect to see something that will either jump-start this team - or send them reeling into the offseason. Barth is a risky play, undoubtedly, but the matchup is right.
  • Whereas N'Awlins was improving defensively, St. Louis is still aggressive but flawed. They've slowed down many teams, but they have stopped almost no one. The Rams have allowed 2.75 field goal attempts and 1.50 extra point attempts per game in the given timeframe.

NEW - Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers vs. Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • In his two games with the Panthers, Gano has been effective. The former Washington Redskin has hit all five of his field goal attempts and seven extra point tries. He has a long of 41 in this time and 59 yards for his career.
  • Field goal kickers have victimized the Raiders in 2012, including 2.50 attempts (2.00 made) allowed in the last month. The position has booted all eight of their extra point tries through the uprights in this time. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have permitted more fantasy points per game than the Raiders on the year to place kickers.

Olindo Mare, Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench

  • In his first game in place of Robbie Gould (calf), Mare connected on both of his field goal attempts and crossed the t on the Bears' lone touchdown drive of their Week 15 contest.
  • Chicago has provided their kickers with only 1.50 field goal attempts and 1.75 extra point attempts per game recently, it's worth noting. The offense has sputtered as they try to find a reliable receiver opposite Brandon Marshall and stick with a running game that's a little inconsistent and lost plodder Michael Bush (ribs) to IR.
  • The probable cure: Arizona has given up only 1.25 made field goals in recent weeks, but they've yielded two attempts at three-pointers per game. Tack on 3.25 extra point attempts per game for a D that has become a hostage of its team's awful, mistake-prone offense. Chi-town's D should give their O some short fields. All this makes Mare a very attractive play in championship week.

Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench

  • In Weeks 12 and 13, KC gave Succop a total of five field goal attempts and three extra point attempts in a couple of back-and-forth contests at Arrowhead Stadium. Since then, the offense has gone on break, and Succop's chances have suffered. He had one attempt at a field goal (which he missed) and one attempt at a PAT (yes, he hit it) in those last two games.
  • Fortunately, perhaps, for their booter, the Chiefs return home this week, and Indianapolis can score plenty of points ... but they can also give up plenty. The Colts have been marauded lately for 4.00 field goal attempts and 2.00 extra point attempts per game. Succop is a gamble to play, but as long as the weather agrees, the matchup is certainly right.
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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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