Week 11 K Start, Sit: Who to Play at Kicker

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Younghoe Koo surprised me last week. Despite it being his first game of the year, he hit all four of his attempts with two extra points. Jason Sanders also had a surprisingly good game for the Dolphins as he hit all three of his field attempts, all coming from 40+ yards. I will be going through my starts and sits at kicker for the week. I base my opinions off how much a team typically uses kickers and which teams allow the most points to kickers per game. Here are the kickers that you should be starting and sitting for Week 11.

Start ‘Em

Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings

Opponent: Denver Broncos

Dan Bailey has been a reliable kicker for the Vikings all year. He has missed just 2 field goals all year while being used quite often. He’s had two 4 field goals games this year and gets a lot of points of extra points with how the Vikings can find the endzone. This week they play the Broncos who are one of the best teams at keeping teams out of the endzone. But the Broncos have allowed the most field field goal attempts. They have averaged the most points to kickers this season from all the field goals they allow. He should be in for a lot of work this week.

Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints

Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wil Lutz’s value comes from being on a high scoring offense with the Saints. They are consistently making it into scoring position to allow Lutz to score from a field goal or extra points. Last week, he knocked down all three of his field goal attempts with one coming from over 40 yards. The Buccaneers serve as a great opponent for kickers. They have allowed the second-most points to kickers this season. The Bucs’ defense allows the most overall points which give kickers a lot of points.

Daniel Carlson, Oakland Raiders

Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

Based on his usage, Carlson has not been the best fantasy kicker in any means. Through the Raiders’ first seven games, he had just one field goal attempt in each game. His attempts have gone up the past two games. The Bengals have been the worst team in the NFL and have allowed the third-most points to kickers this season. If there is one certainty in this game, it will be the Raiders scoring a lot which will turn into Carlson scoring a lot. I would take a shot on him this week if you are having trouble picking a kicker.

Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars

Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

Josh Lambo has been a reliable fantasy option with the amount of field goals the Jaguars attempt each game. He has remain perfect in all his attempts. The Jags’ last game was the first time that he had less than two attempts in a game. The Colts have been a great opponent for kickers this season. Just last week they allowed Jason Sanders on the Dolphins to get three field goals. The Jags possess a much better offense than the Dolphins, especially with Nick Foles’s return. Lambo should be getting on the field plenty of times.

Sit ‘Em

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

My opinion of Vinatieri is that his legendary NFL career is ending. He is not the reliable kicker that he once was. The amount of times that he has missed field goals or missed extra points has not only hurt fantasy owners but hurt the Colts. I suspect that they will look for other kickers soon. The Jaguars don’t serve as a good matchup for kickers either. They sit sixth to last in terms of allowing points to kickers. Vinatieri’s risk is not worth starting this week, especially against the Jags’ defense.

Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers

Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Badgley made his return two weeks ago in which he joined into a lot of action. He had five field goal attempts against the Packers, converting on four of them, but took a significant step back last week with just one attempt. The Chiefs’ defense has held kickers to just 6.1 points per game which is fifth-best in the league. Last week, Ryan Succop had just three points against them. There are a lot of better kickers to pick up this week with better matchups, so I would stray away from Badgley.

Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins

Opponent: Buffalo Bills

I mentioned at the beginning that Sanders was one of the top kickers last week. The probability of that kind of game happening again for Sanders is virtually non-existent. The Dolphins have one of the worst offenses in the league which has resulted in very low usage of Sanders. The Bills provide one of the worst matchups for kickers. They have allowed the second-least amount of points to kickers. They have allowed just 8 field goals all season which is less than one per game. I wouldn’t look to Sanders for the rest of the season as well as anyone on the Dolphins.

Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles

Opponent: New England Patriots

Jake Elliott has been a consistent kicker this season. He has yet to miss a field goal this season. Last week, he made all three of his attempts which was the first time he had ever gotten three attempts in a game. Before then, he had averaged just one per game. While he makes his field goals, he doesn’t try many of them. The Patriots serve as the worst matchup possible. They have allowed the least amount of points per game which gives them the best rank against kickers as well. They’ve given up the least amount of field goals which make Elliot not startable.

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