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 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Tynes has made seven of his 10 field goal attempts this year and has attempted at least two three-pointers in his last four games. He's 4-for-6 from 40-plus yards out, and he has punched through nine extra points over his last two contests.
- The Seahawks have allowed 3.00 field goal tries and 2.00 touchdown punctuations per contest - and that included the Oakland Raiders last week. Expect New York to have at least a similarly easy time moving the ball, since their running game is also among the league's best.
- The Giants' rolling offense and Tynes' Week 9 matchup make him a one-week addition from the waiver wire. He is available in around 71 percent of leagues polled.
NEW - Kris Brown, San Diego Chargers at Houston Texans
Gould a consistent boot
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Brown connected on both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra point tries last week. He has one miss in five attempts this season.
- Houston is giving up 2.00 field goal attempts and 3.67 extra point attempts per game.
- San Diego has one of the top passing attacks in the league. Houston has one of the worst passing defenses. Even with all their injuries, the Chargers shouldn't have trouble moving the ball on the Texans. Where they might have trouble is in the red zone given their struggling running game and the possibility Antonio Gates (foot) sits. This could result in more tries for Brown.
Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Coming off a bye, the consistent Gould should at least be considered a one-week play if you need to hit the waiver wire. He's consistent, having hit 12 of his 14 field goal attempts this year and trying multiple three-pointers in five of his even games this year. He also nailed his career long with a 53-yarder.
- The Bills have given up a league-high 12.7 kicking points per week on averages of 3.67 field goal tries (also the most in the league) and 2.67 extra point attempts.
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