Week 14 K Start, Sit: Who to Play at Kicker: Target Ka’imi Fairbairn

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Wil Lutz was the standout of the week for kickers. He is the number one fantasy kicker in terms of scoring and he only continued to establish his lead. He nailed all four of his field-goal attempts last week with three of them from 40+ yards. Brandon McManus also stayed busy with three field-goal attempts. Two of them came from over 50 yards which made no difference for him. I will be going through my favorite targets at kicker for the week as well as those you should be passing. Here are my starts and sits for kickers for Week 14.

Start ‘Em

Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans

Opponent: Denver Broncos

During the middle of the season, Ka’imi Fairbairn had two and three attempts in every game. Lately, that number has gone down. He had 0 attempts last week with 4 extra points, but that was against the dominate Patriots’ defense. The Broncos are one of the best matchups for kickers as they have allowed the second-most points to kickers. They aren’t a bad defense but they allow a lot of field goals per game. Last week, Michael Badgley had three attempts which are likely to translate over to this week’s game.

Matt Gay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

Matt Gay has been a reliable kicker with how many times the Buccaneers score. Last week, he made both of his field-goal attempts with 2 additional extra points. The Colts average 7.5 points per game to kickers on the season which ranks as the eleventh-highest. The Bucs have averaged the fourth-highest points per game which makes Gay a valuable kicker. The number of opportunities that he gets each game makes him startable almost every week and especially this week against the Colts.

Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns

Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

Austin Seibert is a kicker that you normally won’t want unless the Browns have a good matchup. Well, they have a good matchup this week. The Browns face off against the Bengals who have allowed the ninth-most points per game. Against kickers, they are the fourth-best matchup. Seibert hit both of his field-goal attempts last week. The Browns don’t score many touchdowns which ends up with Seibert kicking a lot. He will be busy this week against the Bengals.

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons

Opponent: Carolina Panthers

Ever since taking over for Matt Bryant, Younghoe Koo has been heavily used for the Falcons. He has never had a game where he attempted under 3 field goals so far and has only missed two attempts. The Panthers give a good matchup for him again to get a lot of attempts in. They have allowed 29 total attempts which ranks the third-most in the NFL. His consistent usage makes him very valuable. The Falcons have struggled to find the endzone leading to a lot of kicks for Koo.

Sit ‘Em

Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals

Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

Zane GonzalezZane Gonzalez has been a good start most of the time this year, but last week was not a good week at all for the Cardinals. He had just one extra point the whole game. The Steelers don’t provide a good matchup for them to rebound from it. They have allowed the sixth-least amount of points per game this season. Against kickers, they are the fifth-worst matchup. The combination of the tough matchup and the recent struggles of the Cardinals’ offense makes Gonzalez too risky of a start this week.

Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars

Opponent: Los Angeles Chargers

I believed that Josh Lambo would have a crazy game last week since the Buccaneers have been one of the best matchups for kickers all year, but he did the opposite. He had just one field goal attempt all game. His low production has mainly been due to the Jaguars’ offense struggling. The Chargers will not help Lambo’s cause as they are the fourth-worst matchup for kickers. Kickers have also missed the most against the Chargers which is a weird stat but I’d stay away from Lambo this week.

Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers

Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

In the four games that Michael Badgley has played, he has missed a field goal in three of them. The Chargers successfully put up a good amount of points each week which gives Badgley some value, but it’s still nothing crazy. The Jaguars’ defense gives up a lot of points but the majority of those points are touchdowns. If you want a high floor, Badgley is a good kicker to have, but there is a high chance that he doesn’t get many field goal attempts in this game.

Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans

Opponent: Oakland Raiders

Ryan Succop is not a kicker you want to have. His first game back from injury, he went 0-3 on field-goal attempts. Since then he has had just one attempt over three games. The Titans have found success in scoring touchdowns which has given Succop the majority of his points. But kickers are much more valuable when they are kicking field goals which Succop doesn’t get the opportunity to do much. For that reason, I would avoid him for the remainder of the year.

  
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