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
Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Succop made all three of his field goal attempts and added an extra
point last week. The boot has missed just four of 32 field goals in his career.
The Chiefs' offense has shown flashes of dangerous play this year, and further
improvement could put Succop in position as frequently as he was Sunday.
- The Niners have allowed four field goals and six one-pointers this
season; they weren't too shabby a matchup against legmen last year, either,
allowing 7.1 kicking points per contest. KC's offense is still shaky enough
where the Chiefs might have to settle for field goals in or near the red zone.
John Kasay, Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Kasay was held to an extra point last week as the Panthers' offense
struggled behind quarterback Matt Moore. Kasay had 10 points in the opener,
though, and showed he can still boot from long distance (52 yards in Week
1), if not as successfully anymore.
- A middling fantasy matchup for kickers last year, Cincy gave up four
field goal tries and six extra-point attempts combined in the first two weeks
this year. The Bengals faced more powerful offenses than the Panthers in the
New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, but Carolina's ineptitude could
work for kicking points, too, with rookie Jimmy Clausen now taking snaps.
The offense might have to settle for more three-point tries, especially with
the running game not producing up to standards.
NEW - David Buehler,
Dallas Cowboys at Houston
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Houston has given up 2.50 field goal attempts (tied for fourth most) and
3.00 extra point attempts (tied for third most) per game over the first two
weeks. This could easily devolve into a shootout, if the Cowboys
can keep up.
- Buehler has been far from accurate - from missing midrange kicks in practice
this week to his two missed kicks on the season. However, he nailed a 48-yarder
at the end of last week's game (2-for-3 in the contest), and the Cowboys
gave him three field goal attempts in Week 2. They continue to say they're
not worried despite his struggles. It could pay off if his accuracy recovers
- the attempts should be there.
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