Fantasy football sleepers: PK - Week 4

by Tim Heaney on September 30, 2010 @ 14:58:00 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.

Note: All statistics are from Week 1 to Week 3, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers

Matt Prater, Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • The strong-legged Prater has made all four of his field goals this year and notched seven kicking points against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend.
  • Tennessee's opponents have averaged 3.33 field goal attempts and 1.00 extra point tries per game against them this season. 
  • If you're looking for a brief stint for kicking success, Prater can help from your waiver wire. He lines up in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, who have allowed the most kicking points (9.7) per game and have allowed 3.00 field goal tries per contest.

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Carp has made five of his six field goal attempts this season; two of his three treys last week came from 40-plus yards out as part of an 11-point effort.
  • The Pats are yielding 2.33 field goal attempts and 2.67 one-point tries per game so far. The Buffalo Bills - yup - gained 30 points on them. The Pats' pass defense - their cornerbacks, specifically - is vulnerable enough for the 'Phins to exploit.
  • Player history is hardly reliable for kickers, but there's at least some basis for divisional opponents. Carpenter averaged 7.5 kicking points per game against New England last season. A 10-point effort came at home.

NEW - Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • No player has averaged more field goal attempts through three weeks than Janikowski (4.33). While he is making only 61.5 percent of his tries, at least the attempts are there. He has made all four of his extra point tries, too.
  • Houston has permitted 2.33 field goal attempts and 3.00 extra point tries per outing, good for an average of 8.00 of a possible 9.00 actual kicking points per game.
  • Seabass should be acquired as a bye week replacement if you are shopping the wire. He is available in 65 percent of leagues surveyed.

NEW - Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Mare makes for a sneaky play this week. He has averaged only 1.00 field goal attempts, making all three in total, and 3.00 extra point tries per game, also connecting at a 100 percent clip - nothing special, we know.
  • The Rams are tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the third most three-pointer tries allowed per game, and St. Louis has surrendered 1.33 extra point attempts (100 percent conversion rate) per game this year.
  • Mare is worth adding if you're in the need of a bye week fantasy footer. He is available in 94 percent of leagues polled.
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