Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 9

by Tim Heaney on November 3, 2011 @ 16:33:59 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 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts vs. Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • This isn't the Super Bowl hero anymore; he has made 10 of his 13 field goal tries this year. At least he has a long of 53. He'll be at home for this one, where Indy might be able to line him up for a decent amount of point chances.
  • The Falcons have yielded 9.3 kicking points per contest, resulting from opponents' averages of 2.67 three-point attempts and 1.33 XPAs. The Colts' run game has been inconsistent, along with their red zone production. Curtis Painter is capable enough to get Indy down the field, especially against this secondary, but you can count on them settling for three often inside the 20.
Dan Bailey, PK, Dallas Cowboys
Bailey should rebound in Week 9

Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Bailey was held to just one extra point without a field goal Sunday after accruing multiple three-point chances in each of his previous five games. This offense was shut down by the Philadelphia Eagles last week; they're usually more potent.
  • The Seahawks have allowed 2.33 FGAs and 2.00 XPAs per game and offer Dallas a chance to rebound. Their secondary is vulnerable, even with the moderate emergence of Brandon Browner, and should give Dallas plenty of downfield freedom.
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