Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 3

by Tim Heaney on September 24, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Steven Hauschka, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Baltimore's seemingly expanded offense has allowed them to move the ball more efficiently, meaning more kicking chances for Matt Stover's replacement. Hauschka has made nine extra points in two games this year along with a 2-for-3 record on field goal attempts. Hauschka ranks second in one-pointers this year.
  • Cleveland has averaged 3.00 field goal tries and 3.50 extra-point attempts per contest through their first pair of games this year. Basically, they're pretty easy to score on.
  • You should consider adding Hauschka if you're seeking a potentially consistent fantasy boot instead of strictly playing matchups.

Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • So far in '09, Dawson has averaged two three-point tries per contest, tied for 10th. It's hard to count on him for point-after attempts, though.
  • On the flip side of Hauschka's matchup, Dawson probably isn't complaining much. Baltimore has only allowed 2.50 extra-point attempts per game (tied for 12th most), but teams often settle for field goals against them: 2.50 attempts per contest, tied for the sixth most in the league.
  • The Browns don't move the ball downfield well, meaning it's easy to expect them to settle for a lot of field goals.

NEW - Nate Keading, San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Keading has connected on all five of his field goal attempts this year, including four in Week 2. He also has yet to miss an extra point in five attempts.
  • He could have another big week against the 'Fins. Through two weeks, Miami is tied for second most field goal attempts allowed per game in the league with 3.00. Their 8.0 kicking points allowed is tied for ninth most in the league.
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