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 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Coming off his bye, Prater has attempted at least three field goals in four of his last five games. The strong boot is 4-for-6 in kicks of 40-plus yards this season but has made only 75 percent of his 16 three-point attempts.
- The Ravens have allotted 2.67 extra point and field goal tries per game against the opposition in their last three contests. The field goal average ranks them in the bottom five against boots since Week 3.
- With his vacation week out of the way, Prater boasts lineup stability for what remains of the fantasy season. The efficient Broncos offense should position him for points often. He's on the wire in about 48 percent of polled leagues.
Steven Hauschka, Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench
- His long-distance work can't necessarily be trusted: 1-for-3 this year from 40 yards or beyond, including a missed 44-yard potential game-winner in Week 6. Hauschka, also returning from a week off, has only attempted seven three-pointers this year and has made five. Extra points have padded his totals.
- The Broncos don't allow many touchdowns, but fellow strong play Matt Prater's squad has allowed 2.33 field goal attempts per game in their last three affairs, which puts them in the top 10 fantasy matchups for the last month of action.
NEW - Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Scobee has logged multiple field goal attempted in four of his six contests this year but has only hit eight of 12 overall. He's just 3-for-7 record for field goals longer than 39 yards, but despite him being 2-for-5 from 50-plus yards out, he leads the NFL in attempts from that distance.
- He'll probably see some boot work against the Titans, who come in as a top-five fantasy matchup in attempts for both field goals (2.33) and extra points (5.33) per game in the last month (three contests). The one-point category is skewed by their thrashing from the New England Patriots, but the Titans have given up at least 31 points in four of their six contests this season, so it isn't overly fluky.
- In his Week 4 dance with the Titans, Scobee hit three of four three-point tries and booted four extra points.
- Those rotating kickers should plug in Scobee, who's available in about 73 percent of polled leagues.
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