PK Randy Bullock, Houston Texans: Place kickers have attempted 38 field goals in two of the last three seasons for the Texans, and the strong-legged Bullock may be an unknown to most owners after he missed his rookie season.
PK Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins: It is uncommon for a rookie kicker to shine in the NFL, but Sturgis has the necessary components of a sound fantasy option and no longer has to deal with Dan Carpenter following the vet's release.
PK Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs: Through four pro seasons, Succop has flown under the radar in what have been meager offensive outputs by KC. Head coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith should bring more consistency to the O, theoretically putting Succop in position for more makeable attempts.
DT/ST San Diego Chargers: The Bolts feature a young, fresh-faced defense that should be bent on taking away the ball in John Pagano's aggressive system. He returns as DC despite the head coaching change, which helps for consistency purposes, but this is largely a new San Diego defense in terms of personnel. Take a flier on them once the big names are gone.
DT/ST Cleveland Browns: This recommendation may be a year premature. Switching back to a 3-4 defense under super-aggressive coordinator Ray Horton could be huge. He made the Arizona Cardinals a playable defense (80 sacks, 55 takeaways, seven TDs in two years). They're a lethal combination of energetic upside and ferocious play-calling if it all comes together in Year 1.
DT/ST Minnesota Vikings: Defensive continuity within the coaching staff will help a younger group of players improve. This unit racked up a healthy 44 sacks in 2012 and bolstered their interior line with Sharrif Floyd in the NFL Draft. This D is best for owners in leagues that don't account for points allowed but focus on counting stats instead.
DT/ST St. Louis Rams: The Rams quietly notched 51 teams sacks, or just one off the league lead. They have a high-upside young front four and bolstered their linebacking corps. A formidable secondary complements the D-line. Jump on the bandwagon before your league mates do.
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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