Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

by Cory J. Bonini and Tim Heaney on September 10, 2010 @ 10:46:00 PDT

 


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Place kickers

Dan Carpenter | Miami Dolphins | ADP: 20th round

So a league top-10 89.3 field goal percentage (25-for-28 last year) isn't good enough for you? How about the fact Miami brought in Brandon Marshall to help their offensive charge? Chad Henne is maturing behind center, and the 'Phins still have a strong running attack.

Carpenter has leg strength, too: 9-for-11 from 40-plus yards, including eight of nine from 40-49. He ranked 11th in standard format points last season and has an opportunity to earn more three-point chances.

Fantasy value: Carpenter boasts legit No. 1 fantasy kicker potential, for what that's worth. He has a notable combination of accuracy and distance ability in an offense that looks primed to expand its horizons. Not bad for a final-round, no-name boot.

David Buehler | Dallas Cowboys | ADP: 24th round

Never kicking even a regular season extra point, Buehler will make the transition from kickoff specialist to full-time place kicker for the Cowboys. He has the benefit of kicking for a high-powered offense and in what is typically nice weather.

His predecessor, Nick Folk (Jets), averaged 47.5 extra point tries and 26.5 field goal attempts in his two full seasons as Dallas' booter. Buehler's preseason only confirmed his status as Dallas' kicker..

Fantasy value: Most owners wait until the final round or two before they select their place kicker, but in standard 16-round drafts, Buehler isn't being drafted, on average. Give him a chance. If it doesn't work, address the position on the waiver wire.

Ryan Succop | Kansas City Chiefs | ADP: N/A

With a few more extra points, Succop would have the attention of a lot more fantasy owners. He connected on 25 of his 29 field goal kicks (86.2 percent) and was perfect on his 29 point after tries last year.

Kansas City's offense should improve in 2010 with the additions of running back Thomas Jones and wide receiver Dexter McCluster. Bringing in offensive coordinator Charlie Weis should help, too.

If KC can score at least five more touchdowns in 2010, Succop will be a force to be reckoned with. He has the leg strength to be very productive (53-yard long last year).

Fantasy value: Draft him as your No. 1 once the marquee place kickers are off the board. His upside makes him worth the slight risk. There are no reasons why place kickers like Rian Lindell (Bills), Josh Scobee (Jaguars), Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders) and John Kasay (Panthers), on average, should be going ahead of Succop.

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Also See:
Sleepers: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT
Busts: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT
Undervalued players: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT
Overvalued players: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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