Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 10

by Tim Heaney on November 11, 2010 @ 12:41:00 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 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Mare drilled six of his eight field goal attempts in Weeks 7 and 8 combined but was held to an extra point of work in Week 9 with quarterback Charlie Whitehurst replacing Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Mare is 10-for-12 on three-pointers this year, and the Seahawks' offense has stumbled.
  • Maybe a wing-clipped offense won't hinder Seattle much against the Cards, who've allowed 3.00 field goal and 3.0 extra point tries per outing. 'Zona's D allowed five field goals to Mare in their Week 7 meeting. 
  • The veteran boot is worth a one-week rental; he and his offense are too inconsistent to rely on outside of good matchups. With byes done after Week 10, Mare probably won't be of much fantasy use. He's available in around 93 percent of leagues.

Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks PK Olindo Mare
For one week only

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The Cards' O has been underwhelming, but you can't knock Feely's accuracy when he's called upon: 8-for-9 from three-point land and all 19 of his one-point tries converted. With Steve Breaston back in the lineup, maybe the Cardinals will do a better job of moving the ball.
  • Seattle has been trounced in their last two games and has allowed many kicking opportunities over their last four: 2.75 field goal tries and 2.75 touchdown punctuations per contest.
  • Feely's one-week value deserves waiver wire attention, but Arizona's bootsman doesn't produce consistently enough to keep on your roster long term. He's available in around 78 percent of leagues polled.

NEW - Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Before Barth's three-point output in Week 9, he totaled 20 in his previous two weeks, going 5-for-6 on field goal tries, including a drilled 53-yarder. He has attempted just two kicks from 40-plus yards in the last three weeks, but the Bucs have lined him up for multiple field goal attempts in five of their eight games this year.
  • Carolina has allowed 8.7 kicking points per game over their last three outings, comprising averages of 2.33 field goal attempts and 2.67 touchdown punctuations. Against the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams, offenses that resemble Tampa Bays, the Panthers gave up 2.50 three-point tries and 2.00 extra points per outing.
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