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In what might be Chase McLaughlin’s last week of kicking, he hit the top of the list. He made all three of his field-goal attempts along with four extra points. Robbie Gould is still questionable to return this week, but with the 49ers heating up, this is an offense to target. With that in mind, I will be going through my targets at kicker for the week. Depending on the defense they are playing, some kickers, no matter how great they are, might not be a good start. Here are my starts and sits for Week 13.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Lambo had been perfect until he missed his first field goal two weeks ago but he rebounded last week by making both of his attempts with one from over 50 and one from over 40. The Jaguars have been struggling on offense, but the Buccaneers serve as a great opponent to turn that around. They have given up the second-most points per game and the most points to kickers specifically. He is set to have a big game with maybe a lot of field goal attempts since the Jags have struggled to score touchdowns.
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Jason Myers has been very consistent at getting two field goals per game with a couple of extra points to go with it. While that doesn’t sound crazy, his ability to knock down long field goals has given him a solid amount of value. This week’s matchup against the Vikings is favorable for him as the Vikings have given up a lot of field goals. The Vikings’ defense hasn’t allowed many points since they are able to keep teams out of the endzone which is why their field goal rate is high.
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
I didn’t think I would have to put who used to be the top kicker in the NFL on the start list, but because the Rams are doing so bad, Greg Zuerlein’s value has dropped. He has one of the best legs in the league but the Rams’ offense has been failing him. That should change this week against the Cardinals. The Cardinals’ defense is not very good and should allow Jared Goff and the rest of the offense to finally start moving the ball consistently. At the very worst, he should get a lot of extra points which still isn’t too bad.
Opponent: Denver Broncos
I don’t know what it is with the Broncos, but they allow a ton of field goals every game despite being one of the best defenses in terms of points against. Their ability to keep offenses out of the endzone has given opposing kickers significant value. Michael Badgley has been busy since his return from injury. In his three games back, he has averaged just above 3 attempts per game. He should be over that threshold again this week with the Broncos on the other side of the ball.
Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
This is the second time Tucker has made it on my sit list even though I would consider him the best kicker. The reason why I would sit him is the combination of the Ravens’ offense being too good and the matchup this week. The Ravens only know how to score touchdowns nowadays, leaving Tucker with very few field goal attempts to raise his value. Also, the 49ers are one of the best defenses. What will either happen is the Ravens destroy the 49ers and Tucker gets a lot of extra points, or the 49ers put an end to the Ravens’ hot streak. There will likely be few field goals in this game.
Opponent: Los Angeles Chargers
The Broncos’ offense is not consistent enough to make Brandon McManus a reliable kicker. The good part about having a kicker on a bad team is that there is a better chance at more field goal attempts, but even the Broncos are not consistent at giving him many attempts. He made his one attempt last week without a single extra point. Added to that, the Chargers have the worst field goal conversion rate for whatever reason. Kickers have only made 56.5% of field goal attempts. Whether that is a curse or not, I wouldn’t test it.
Opponent: New England Patriots
I would never advise starting a kicker against the Patriots and that doesn’t change with Ka’imi Fairbairn. He has been very hit or miss type of kicker this year, but his last two outings have not been very good. This is a representation of the Texans’ offense slowing down. Whenever the Texans have faced a tough defense this year, it has not ended well for them. The Patriots are the toughest there is, allowing the second-least amount of points to kickers this season. It’d be a good idea to let him sit for a week and pick him up for his game against the Broncos next week.
Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
My one rule that I am following this year is to not touch any Dolphins’ players. This applies to the kicker as well. The Dolphins’ offense is, to put it straight-forward, horrible. There have been four games this season in which Jason Sanders has gone without a field-goal attempt. The most he has had is three. Even with the few attempts he has had, he has missed a lot. He has made just 71.4% of his attempts this season. No matter who the Dolphins are playing, I wouldn’t suggest playing Sanders.
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