Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 7

by Tim Heaney on October 22, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Shayne Graham, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Despite logging a missed three-pointer in each game from Week 3 through 5, Graham has attempted seven field goals in his last four outings. He has only tallied more than five kicking points once, though, back in Week 2.
  • Sure, accuracy is important for fantasy, but opportunity matters for kickers, too. The Bears have let kickers line up for the fifth most field goal tries per game (2.33) and also have given them 2.33 one-point tries per game in that time.
  • This matchup makes him a suitable one-week pickup. You can find him unowned in about 73 percent of polled leagues.

Jay Feely, New York Jets at Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench

  • Despite a botched snap that eliminated a field goal try, Feely managed seven kicking points in Week 6, giving him 16 in his last two weeks of play. His 44-yard miss Sunday was his first in 11 tries this season.
  • The Raiders held the Philadelphia Eagles to three field goals Sunday, bringing their average of field goal tries allowed per game to 3.50 over the last four weeks, making them the best fantasy matchup in that time. Oakland also stands as a top-10 matchup since Week 2 with 2.50 PAT's allowed per contest.
  • Feely should be added if you need a one-week play at your PK spot; he's available in about 52 percent of leagues polled. He also has a great matchup for field goals against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8 but has a bye in Week 9, meaning you could get a productive second week out of him if you want to stand pat.

NEW - Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench

  • Banking on the Chiefs offense is hard to do, but despite averaging just 1.25 extra point attempts per game since Week 2, Succop has also averaged 2.00 field goal attempts. He's coming off a 12-point week against the Washington Redskins, and he also registered eight against the Dallas Cowboys in the previous week. The matchup helps.
  • KC's Week 7 enemies rank in the bottom 10 with 2.00 field goal tries and 3.33 one-point attempts allowed per contest in the last four weeks.
  • The Chiefs have a spotty offensive line, but San Diego's run D has been just as shaky this year due to the loss of nose tackle Jamal Williams (triceps), meaning the Chiefs may actually earn better returns from running back Larry Johnson. This opportunity to move the ball can set up Succop often.
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