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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 7 to Week 12, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football busts: Place kickers
Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Tynes has connected on four of his five field goal attempts since New York's Week 10 bye. He also has yet to miss on an extra point attempt this season (29-for-29).
- Dallas has given up just 1.67 field goal attempts and 1.50 extra point attempts to this position per game. Their 5.0 fantasy points allowed per game to kickers are the fifth fewest in the league.
- Injuries have taken a toll on the Giants' offense. Quarterback Eli Manning (foot) has been playing with plantar fasciitis and now has a stress reaction. Running backs Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, foot) and DJ Ware (concussion) are both limited, too, with the latter being declared out. The offense might have trouble putting Tynes in position for kicks.
NEW - Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears vs. St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: Bench
- Gould, like Chicago's offense, has been anything but consistent this year, tallying more than seven kicking points just three times. He has recorded six or fewer points in three of his last four games and five of his last seven.
- The pushover Rams have allowed 3.20 one-point attempts per game, which ranks in the league's bottom five, but they've only allowed 0.40 three-point tries per outing, the lowest average. Teams haven't had to settle for many field goals against St. Louis.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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