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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Fantasy football sleepers: Place kickers
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Prater ranks in the top three in field goal attempts (3.00) per contest. Granted, those came against questionable defenses in the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos offense has moved the ball, though, and rank in the top 10 in time of possession so far.
- The Cowboys defense is friendly to kickers. They rank in the bottom 10 with 2.33 field goals per game allowed and the middle of the pack with 2.33 one-point tries per contest.
- You should look to acquire Prater if you're looking for week-to-week consistency. The big leg should be a long-term contributor in this offense in '09.
Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- Mare attempted six field goals against the Chicago Bears last week and ranks in the top 10 in three-point attempts per game (2.33). The Seahawks offense may be settling for more field goals in the near future if quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (rib) is out for awhile.
- Indy has been kicked around often. They rank in the bottom five in terms of field goal tries (2.67) while being less generous with extra-point tries.
NEW - Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Hanson has connected on all six of his field goal attempts this year. He also has five extra point conversions to his credit.
- Chicago is allowing the most field goal attempts (3.67) per game over the first three weeks.
- As the Lions improve under rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, they could put Hanson in position for a few more kicks. Stafford had the best game of his young career last week.
- If your kicker is on a bye this week, consider Hanson for the one-week play. He is available in 86 percent of leagues polled.
- For what it's worth, Hanson only attempted one field goal and four extra points against the 2008 Bears.
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