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 4, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Graham Gano, Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Despite producing just one game of more than five kicking points, Gano has flashed his ability to boot from long distance while going 8-for-10 on his three-point tries this year. Washington has had red zone woes but has a competent enough offense to keep their kicker as a weekly contributor.
- The Pack has allowed 2.50 field goal attempts and 1.75 one-point attempts per game. Not surprising, since Green Bay has allowed just seven touchdowns this year and boasts one of the best pass-rushing units in the league.
- Gano lines up as a decent one-week rental if you must tend to your kicker situation. He faces the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions after Sunday, and none of them are particularly attractive to the position.
Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Just about all of Scobee's Week 4 acclaim came from his game-winning 59-yard field goal against the Indianapolis Colts. He has had just one field goal try in three of his four games this year - including the one with that bomb - but he has hit a kick of 45-plus yards in each contest.
- Expect Buffalo to allow him more chances for fantasy points this week. Opposing kickers line up against them for an average of 2.00 field goal tries and 3.75 extra point attempts per game. Buffalo has yielded 8.2 kicking points to them per game.
- Scobee could be a decent one-week play, as he has at least proven he has some leg power. He probably isn't worth a consistent spot on your fantasy team, though, because of Jacksonville's spotty offense.
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