Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 1

by Tim Heaney on September 9, 2010 @ 17:00:00 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 you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: No. 1

  • Lindell has combined for 71 field goal attempts in the last two years, thanks in big part to Buffalo's sketchy offensive performance. He has posted an accuracy percentage of at least 84.0 percent in three of the last four years.
  • The Dolphins' tough defense permitted 2.44 field goal attempts and 2.31 one-point tries per game last season. Many offenses have to settle for kicks against them; Buffalo probably isn't an exception to that rule.
  • Lindell totaled 11 points in his two outings against the Dolphins last year. One of his successful three-pointers was a 56-yarder at home against them in Week 12.

David Buehler, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • The Cowboys are longing for a kicker that can do his job. Buehler, chiefly a kickoff specialist in his rookie year, made 10 of his 11 preseason field goal attempts, including a 51-yarder in the finale. This Cowboys offense should set him up frequently for scoring opportunities.
  • Washington did the same for opposing boots last season, allowing 1.94 extra point attempts and 2.25 field goal tries.
  • The Redskins change to a 3-4 defense might take a few games to take hold in regulation action, so Week 1 is a good time to try out a kicker against them in case their D struggles.
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