Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 13

by Tim Heaney on December 2, 2010 @ 11:58:00 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 9 to Week 12, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns

Dan Carpenter, PK, Miami Dolphins
A good matchup; can he capitalize?

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Carp sandwiched a Week 11 goose egg with 11- and 15-point affairs, the latter coming Sunday on a 4-for-6 three-point effort. He's 26-for-31 on field goals, including 8-for-11 in his last four games. Miami's offense has been inconsistent, even when Chad Henne was the unquestioned starter. Without Brandon Marshall (hamstring) or a sufficient running game, Carpenter has often been forced to take the lead.
  • This should continue for Miami against the Browns, who've allowed 2.75 field goal attempts and 2.00 touchdown punctuations per game. They've been lucky only 1.50 of the three-point tries have hit net.

Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Bironas was shut out along with the Titans last week. You shouldn't complain about his year, though. He's 19-for-20 on field goals, including 9-for-9 from 40-plus yards. Bironas hasn't botched a field goal try since Week 4.
  • The Jags line up Bironas to be on the field more often. They've permitted opposing kickers to attempt 2.67 field goals and 2.00 one-pointers per game.
  • For what player history is worth for a kicker, Bironas netted 12 points in Week 6 versus the Jags, punching through three field goals. It shows Tennessee can at least line him up for points against this team.
  • 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.
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