Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 2

by Tim Heaney on September 16, 2010 @ 18:35:00 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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Feely booted a gimme 22-yarder through the uprights along with two extra points in Week 1. He's capable of doing more; he went 12-for-15 from 40-plus yards last year and has hit a 55-yarder in each of the last two seasons. He goes up against the Falcons, who allowed five field goal tries to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
  • Arizona's offense might have to settle for more field goals than they did last year, with Derek Anderson at quarterback and their running game still unfinished. Like the Steelers' Jeff Reed did against Atlanta in Week 1, the strong-legged Feely might see more chances from longer distances. These Cardinals might not be able to drive far enough against what appears to be a steadier Falcons defense.

Billy A. Cundiff, Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Cundiff, who beat out Shayne Graham for the job, mustered a 25-yard field in Week 1 against a stout New York Jets defense. Despite throwing up just 10 points in their win, the Ravens' passing game offered evidence of their revamped ability to move the ball.
  • The veteran boot goes up against a Bengals D that was torched by the New England Patriots in Week 1, allowing five extra points and three field goal chances to Stephen Gostkowski, who made only one of those three-pointers. Cincy finished around the middle of the league in field goal attempts and extra-point tries allowed per game last year.
  • The Ravens' improved passing game should put Cundiff on your watch list for free-agent pickups; keep him in mind for your kicker carousel. 

NEW - Josh Brown, St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Brown converted on two of his three field goal attempts against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. He made his only extra point try, which puts him on pace to match last year's total. All kidding aside, St. Louis' offense looks less anemic with rookie Sam Bradford at the helm.
  • Oakland surrendered five extra points last week and a field goal against the Tennessee Titans. The Raiders' defense looked shaky once again, giving up a huge day on the ground to star rusher Chris Johnson. Steven Jackson, the focal point of the Rams' offense, should be in for a strong showing in Week 2, which helps Brown's chances.
  • If you're looking for a waiver wire play, Brown can be acquired for spot-start duty this week.
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