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2010 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Kickers

MIAMI - DECEMBER 06:  Place kicker Dan Carpenter #5 of the Miami Dolphins follows through on a game-winning field goal from under the hold of punter Brandon Fields #2 late in the game against the New England Patriots at Land Shark Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 22-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Lane RizzardiniContributor ISeptember 2, 2010

Kickers are not exactly highly sought after fantasy football players.

Generally they are taken in the last rounds of the draft and are rarely on the same fantasy roster the entire season. Some managers even choose to stream kickers based on match-up, the idea being that point totals for kickers are based more often on the success of their offense than actual ability.

No matter how you treat the position, it is a spot that needs to be filled and like in real life, can be the difference between being a champion or the first loser. Anyone who has ever won a match-up by less than three points can attest to the importance of even a few extra points to a success of the team as a whole.

That means it’s crucial to have a quality kicker week in and week out even if you’re drafting the position in the last round.

Below are five kickers to target late who could have break out seasons and be that big contributor your fantasy football team needs to put it over the top.

When reading about the 2010 Fantasy Football Sleeper Kickers selections, remember these three rules Bruno Boys uses to classify "sleepers."

  1. Players who have a chance of outperforming their projection and player ranking.
  2. Players that should give you a nice return on your draft pick/auction price.
  3. Some sleepers are also undervalued, not all.


1. Dan Carpenter, K, Miami Dolphins

Carpenter is only entering his third NFL season, but has already proven himself to be one of the best in the business.

He is coming off a strong Pro-Bowl season in which he posted an 89 percent field goal percentage, good for fifth in the league for kickers with more than 20 attempts. This isn’t unprecedented for him, either. In 2008 he kicked at an 84 percent clip and went 40-40 on extra points, so we can assume the talent is real and that his 2009 Pro-Bowl selection wasn’t a fluke.

He also plays in Miami, where it’s 80 degrees and sunny 365 days a year. There might be rain from time to time; however, a passing seagull poses a bigger threat to his accuracy than the Florida weather ever will.

Now with the addition of Brandon Marshall and an emerging Chad Henne opening up the passing game, this offense is poised for a big season which can only mean bigger numbers for Carpenter. Count on him to maintain a field goal percentage in the 87 percent range and put around 30 pigskins through the uprights.

We have him ranked as the 12th overall kicker which is exactly where he’s being taken in fantasy drafts, but those projected numbers would easily vault him to a top five spot and make him an easy sleeper choice.

 

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