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 sleepers: Place kickers
Shayne Graham, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Netting double-digit points in two of the last three weeks has made Graham useful again; he had topped seven points just once before Week 10. The Bengals' offense in general has sputtered lately, which has actually helped the booter in fantasy circles.
- Graham faces a decrepit Lions team that kickers welcome; Detroit has yielded 9.4 kicking points per game on averages of 2.40 field goal tries and 2.80 extra point attempts.
- Passengers on the kicker carousel should rent Graham, who's available in about 71 percent of polled leagues.
Kris Brown, Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Accuracy and clutch performances haven't found Brown this season; he has missed three of his seven attempts since Week 8. However, in two of his last four games Brown has tallied at least nine kicking points.
- Luckily, Brown squares off with the Jags, whose 2.80 field goal attempts and 9.2 kicking points coughed up per outing rank in the bottom five of each category.
- The Texans' aerial game, led by Matt Schaub, should have little trouble moving the ball against one of the least resistant pass defenses this year. This, combined with opportunities Jacksonville gives the position, makes Brown worth a one-week pickup in 55 percent of polled leagues.
NEW - Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Mare has registered at least eight kicking points in three of his last four games. He has only missed two of 21 three-point tries this season and hasn't botched one since Week 3.
- The Niners have allowed 1.67 XPAs, 2.50 FGAs and 8.2 kicking points per contests. They rank in the NFL's bottom five in the last two averages.
- Mare should be grabbed as a one-week play that has potential to help your team the rest of the year. He can be found unowned in about 68 percent of surveyed leagues.
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