Week 12 K Start, Sit: Who to Play at Kicker: Younghoe Koo To Have A Busy Day

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Last week, Stephen Hauschka led the way in fantasy scoring for kickers. He knocked down all three of his field goal attempts with one coming from over 50 yards. He added 4 extra points in what turned out to be a dominant performance from the Bills over the Dolphins. Younghoe Koo has also been showing off his leg. The Falcons have made good use of him with 4 attempts in both of his games. He did miss one last game, but the Falcons’ recent success has had good effects on him. I will be going over who you should be starting and sitting at kicker this week. For those of you streaming kickers, this will be a couple kickers that you might want to look at. Here are my starts and sits for kickers for Week 12.

Start ‘Em

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons

Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Like I mentioned above, Younghoe Koo has gotten a lot of usage since he has joined the Falcons’ special teams. In both of his games, he has gotten four field goal attempts and has just missed one thus far. He also has added two extra points in each of the game to give him double digits in both games. This is likely to continue as the Falcons face the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have allowed the most points per game in the NFL, so whether it is coming from field goals or extra points, Koo will be out there a lot. His 5.9 ownership makes him a perfect streaming option his week.

Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo Bills

Opponent: Denver Broncos

After missing both of his field goal attempts against the Browns two weeks ago, Stephen Hauschka responded in the best way possible. He converted on all three of his attempts last week against the Dolphins with one coming from over 50 yards. His confidence is back up and he is headed into a kicker-friendly matchup against the Broncos. The Broncos have allowed the second-most points to kickers mainly because they allow so many field goal attempts per game. Their 25 total attempts marks the third-highest in the league.

Nick Folk, New England Patriots

Opponent: Dallas Cowboys

Despite the challenging matchup for the Patriots against the Cowboys, Nick Folk should emerge with a solid amount of points. He has a very low ownership currently with just 6.7% so he is a nice streaming option. He has yet to miss a field goal with a perfect 5 for 5. The Patriots’ recent struggle to find the endzone has resulted in a nice workload for Folk. The Cowboys serve as a tough matchup for the offense which could end up with a lot of work for Folk. He hit his two attempts against a tough Ravens’ defense so there’s a strong chance for success this week.

Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks

Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles

For the past seven games, Jason Myers has had at least two field goal attempts per game. The Seahawks’ offense gets into scoring position on a ton of drives which has resulted in a lot of use out of Myers in both field goal and extra point scenarios. The Seahawks are coming off a bye week in which they can prepare a scheme for the Eagles. The Eagles have been a below-average matchup for kickers, but the recent success of the Seahawks makes Myers a nice pick for this week. His 9.8% ownership deserves to be a lot higher.

Sit ‘Em

Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys

Opponent: New England Patriots

Brett Maher has been a nice fantasy kicker to have the past few weeks with how explosive the Cowboys’ offense has been recently. They are the top scoring offense in the league and has resulted in a lot of points for Maher, mostly on extra points. The matchup this week against the Patriots is still not appealing despite their success. It will be an interesting test to see how the best offense does against the best defense, but there are far better kickers to go with this week who don’t have that risk. For that reason, I would keep Maher seated this week.

Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins

Opponent: Detroit Lions

Dustin Hopkins unfortunately finds himself on the Redskins. The Redskins’ offense has not been successful all season, in fact, they have the lowest points per game in the league with 12.5. Because of that, Hopkins has not been much of a factor this year. Last week he had two field attempts against the Jets in which he converted on one of them. The one he missed came from 29 yards which was the first time he missed under 30 yards. Because of the Redskins struggling offensively, I would find a different kicker.

Sam Ficken, New York Jets

Opponent: Oakland Raiders

Sam Ficken finds himself on a Jets’ offense that hasn’t been very productive until recently. Over the past three games, they have played against terrible defenses and showed that they can actually score points. The inconsistency of Ficken has him as a sit for me this week. He has missed a field goal in each of his last three games and missed his only attempt last week. The only way he makes any valuable contribution is if he gets a ton of chances which isn’t likely against the Raiders this week. If the Raiders let up points, it’s mainly through touchdowns.

Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans

Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan Succop returned to the Titans after recovering from a knee injury back in Week 9. In that game, he missed all three of his field goal attempts. The following week, he didn’t get any field goal attempts and missed one of his extra point attempts. The Titans are coming off a bye, so hopefully he has been practicing but Succop’s rough start makes him too much of a risk, especially against the Jaguars who aren’t a very good matchup for kickers.

I started playing fantasy football in 2010 at 12 years old where I subbed in for an owner who was having a baby. That year I won the championship in a 16-team league, carried by Arian Foster and Michael Vick. I have yet to bring a trophy home since then, but my love for fantasy football has grown, delving more and more in the statistics and finding ways to improve my drafting ability.

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