Week 12 Kicker Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Tyler Bass On The Rise

Rodrigo Blankenship led the way in scoring for kickers. He attempted his most field goal in a game this season with five, making four of them. This week sent him to fourth in scoring for kickers. Younghoe Koo keeps showing how consistent he is by hitting two 50+ yard field goals last week. Only one week has gone by where he has not scored at least two field goals which are an automatic six points every week. He is currently leading the way in average points per game and second in total scoring. He is only behind Jason Sanders who has yet to have his bye week, but if he keeps up his average, he will end as the top kicker in the league. As we inch ever so close to the end of the fantasy season, getting the slight boost of points from your kicker can be the difference between the playoffs and a shortened season. If you are looking to pick up a kicker this week, here are some of your best option who owned in less than 50% of leagues.

PlayerTeamOpponentOwn %
Tyler BassBuffalo BillsLos Angeles Chargers9.9
Mason CrosbyGreen Bay PackersChicago Bears42.1
Jason MyersSeattle SeahawksPhiladelphia Eagles22.7
Brandon McManusDenver BroncosNew Orleans Saints49.4
Michael BadgleyLos Angeles ChargersBuffalo Bills27.1
Matt GayLos Angeles RamsSan Francisco 49ers3.4

Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills

Opponent: Los Angeles Chargers
Own %: 9.9

Tyler Bass has been on a roll in three of the past four weeks. He has nailed at least three field goals in each of those three games with several coming from long distances. He has had no shortage of attempts lately which is a complete 180-degree turn from how the season started. The Bills’ offense has ramped up from the touchdown-producing team it was in the beginning to a touchdown and field goal-producing team which is seen clearly in Bass’s scoring. He has had the solid floor from the touchdowns but has also produced some insane value with the field goals attempts he has been receiving. As a result, Bass has launched into the top 10 in scoring among kickers and after a bye week last week, there is no reason why it should not continue against the Chargers.

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

Opponent: Chicago Bears
Own %: 42.1

The Packers have been far better at scoring touchdowns than settling for field goals, but all it takes is one or two field goals from a long distance for Crosby to rack up the points. On the weeks when he has at least two field goals, he has finished as one of the top kickers for the week and the Bears provided a great matchup for that. They are a defense that is good enough to prevent touchdowns, but they give up many field goals as a result. The Packers have the explosive offense to create many scoring opportunities and it will just take a stop or two from the Bears to give Crosby the chances he needs. He has yet to miss one opportunity this season which bodes well for a kicker on an offense like the Packers.

Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks

Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
Own %: 22.7

The past five games have been some of Myers’ best games with increased field-goal attempts which he has been nailing left and right. Not only has he hit all of them, but some have been from large distances with four of his last seven from over 40 yards. His only two misses on the season were both extra points which show that when given the opportunity, Myers will capitalize. The Eagles are a decent matchup for Myers as they have let up more than the league average fantasy points to kickers this season. With the hot streak that Myers is on and just how powerful the Seahawks’ offense is, there is no reason to think otherwise that Myers will keep putting up solid numbers moving forward.

Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos

Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Own %: 49.4

Brandon McManus has held his ground as a top-five kicker with continued field-goal attempts each week. He has been nearly perfect on the season and when he attempts a field goal, it has proven to be from distance. Nine of his last 14 attempts have been 40+ yards. Also, he has had two field goals in each of the past three games and the Saints matchup this coming week will be just another game for him with plenty of opportunities. The Broncos are that kind of offense that pushes the ball but does not reach the endzone every time which is seen in McManus’s 21 field goal attempts this season. Kicking from distance has built his top-five status and there is no sign of regression.

Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers

Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Own %: 27.1

Michael Badgley has put together four solid games in the past five weeks. His one problem is consistency as he has missed four field goals this season, many of which he should be hitting easily, but the plethora of opportunities make up for his mistakes. He has hit at least two field goals in four of the past five weeks and the Bills give another opportunity to hit the number again. They have been relatively generous towards giving kickers points. They have allowed 30+ total points in each of the past two weeks which shows their defense is faltering. As Justin Herbert becomes more experienced on the field, it will lead to more scoring drives and ultimately more points for Badgley.

Matt Gay, Los Angeles Rams

Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
Own %: 3.4

After making his debut for the season last week, Matt Gay connected on two of three field goals with one being what would be the game-winning field goal. There is a chance that he continues to stay as the kicker as he has plenty of upside. You will have to monitor Gay’s status before going all-in on him being your kicker, but if he does play, he will provide you value. His confidence will be up after beating his former team and the 49ers have been a favorable matchup for kickers. They have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to kickers this season and have allowed 27 or more points in each of the last three games which have included plenty of field goals. Again, you have to check if Gay, but whoever starts, the Rams’ kicker is one to target.

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