Tyler Bass led the way for kickers once again with a big game of three 50+ yard field goals with an additional three extra points. Consistency has been his problem, but when he is converting three of three attempts in a game from that distance, maybe he has fixed that issue. He now ranks as a top-four fantasy kicker in the league, but a bye week will give owners a week on getting ready to pick him up. Ryan Succop got back to his ways as the Buccaneers found ways to score. He went four for four with field goals while converting four out of five extra-point attempts. As the number two overall fantasy kicker in the league, his ownership should be skyrocketing up from 58% where it is at currently. The end of the road is approaching for the fantasy regular season. Give yourself a boost in points this week by starting a solid kicker off waivers this week. Here is a list of options for you if you are in need of a new kicker for this week.
|Michael Badgley||Los Angeles Chargers||New York Jets||23.1|
|Jason Myers||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals||17.0|
|Rodrigo Blankenship||Indianapolis Colts||Green Bay Packers||52.7|
|Zane Gonzalez||Arizona Cardinals||Seattle Seahawks||37.0|
|Greg Zeurlein||Dallas Cowboys||Minnesota Vikings||28.5|
|Chris Boswell||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jacksonville Jaguars||47.2|
Opponent: New York Jets
Own %: 23.1
It was a slow day for Michael Badgley last week who only scored three extra points without a single field goal attempt. The good side about Badgley is that rarely happens. Normally, Badgley is getting around two field goals per game along with a healthy dose of extra points to set the floor. The matchup against the Jets is one of the best for kickers as the Jets’ defense lets up a large number of points each game. Whether that is coming from a bulk of extra points scattered with a couple of field goals or just a lot of field goals, you can expect Badgley to be getting involved in a big way this week. The matchup is set up perfectly for him this week which gives him an excellent opportunity to put up similar numbers to what Badgley has put up before.
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
Own %: 17.0
Jason Myers has seen a spike in production which was just waiting to happen. The Seahawks had scored so many touchdowns without many field goals for much of the beginning of the season, but the past two weeks have been more work for Myers. He hit just his second 50+ yard field goal of the season last week but also hit an additional two other field goals with just one extra point. Is this a sign of the Seahawks’ offense slowing down? Russel Wilson’s play has seemed to decline recently compared to his MVP-caliber play earlier on. The Seahawks still will be moving the ball forward constantly, but we could continue to see a spike in field goals if this keeps up with the Seahawks not scoring as many touchdowns, giving Myers much better value with his high floor.
Opponent: Green Bay Packers
Own %: 52.7
I am breaking the rules a little bit here by putting Rodrigo Blankenship on this list despite being above 50% ownership but there is barely a difference here. The Colts saw a dip in offensive production the last few weeks which has hurt Blankenship’s production as a consequence. But the Blankenship and the Colts got back on track last week with two field goals and four extra points. With an upcoming matchup against the Packers, there will likely be a similar number of points once again. They have been better at most in preventing points, but Chase McLaughlin just scored a bunch of points last week against them, so there is always the opportunity for Blankenship to continue his great rookie season.
Opponent: Seattle Seahawks
Own %: 37.0
Zane Gonzalez got a lot of work last week against the Bills in a kicker duel. Gonzalez has risen towards a top kicker despite being projected so low. The Cardinals played the Seahawks a few weeks back in which Gonzalez had a big role in the outcome. He made a total of three field goals from over 40 yards, including a game-winner in overtime. Before last week, that was his best game in terms of fantasy points, so a rematch of that game is favorable for Gonzalez. The Cardinals’ offense is one of the best in the league in terms of yards, so they are likely to keep scoring points, leading to more giant games for Gonzalez for this week and for the remainder of the season.
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Own %: 28.5
The Cowboys are coming off their bye week with the hopeful return of Andy Dalton which would give them a significant boost in offensive production. They return in a great matchup against a Vikings’ defense that has been one of the worst this year in terms of allowing points. That bodes well for Greg Zuerlein who has seen a jump in field goal opportunities the last two weeks. He got four opportunities in both games and only missed once from an attempt over 50 yards, but he also converted on one to give him some of his best performances on the season. The Vikings have allowed the most points to kickers in the league, so the matchup is in Zuerlein’s favor as well as the momentum of two excellent games in a row.
Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars
Own %: 47.2
Chris Boswell has been busy the last two weeks, especially last week with three field goal attempts, converting on all of them. With the last two weeks being favorable matchups for Boswell and him scoring highly in both, it makes sense that he would score highly again with another favorable matchup this coming week. A week has not gone by in which the Jaguars have not allowed at least 24 points. With how Ben Roethlisberger is rolling through teams, the Jaguars stand no chance in stopping him. Boswell will at least get a solid floor with a potential of a high ceiling as well if just a few drives get cut short of the endzone with some field goal opportunities.
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