Harrison Butker took the cake for this week with the best kicker performance unless Tuesday night’s game proves differently. His five field-goal attempts beat his season-high of three in weeks 2 and 7. The Chiefs’ offense has been so successful that he has had his fair share of both field goals and extra points all season long, making him a top-five fantasy kicker. Jason Sanders and Younghoe Koo have also continued to dominate fantasy kickers as the number one and two. Sanders hit four field goal attempts on the day while Koo nailed three but Koo added extra points with further distances on his kicks. As we move into the fantasy football playoffs, the importance of your kicker does not go away. As we have 13 weeks to work with, we have seen which kickers are utilized the most and those who do not see enough action to be fantasy relevant, but any kicker can still go off on any given day. So if you need a kicker this week, here are some great options for you that will likely be on the waiver wire.
Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
Own %: 41.7
Tyler Bass has risen up from the depths of the fantasy kicker rankings into the top 10 with some impressive play over the past several weeks. That continued on Monday night with two field goals and four extra points. The Bills have been scoring a ton, but it was not until recently that they have been settling for more field goals. In fact, Bass has converted at least two field goals in each of the past four games which already gives him a healthy floor to look at. When you account for additional points from extra points and distance on the field goals, his totals have propelled him up the rankings. A tough matchup against the Steelers could lead to some difficulties, but Dustin Hopkins for Washington finished as the third-leading scorer among kickers last week against the Steelers.
Opponent: New York Jets
Own %: 25.5
Coming out of the Panthers’ bye week, Joey Slye has a great opportunity to see a lot of action against the Jets. Kickers have scored the most fantasy points against the Jets this season and the return of Christian McCaffrey will only boost their scoring on offense. This change may result in more extra points rather than field goals, but just a couple of field goals will do plenty for Slye. The number of points that the Panthers should be putting up this week can only lead to a positive result for Slye. Last week they gave up 31 points to the Raiders who had just had an abysmal offensive performance the week prior. If the Raiders can score that many, the Panthers should be getting that easily.
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
Own %: 30.7
Now is the time to pick up Greg Zuerlein before it is too late. The remaining schedule for the Cowboys plays perfectly for fantasy owners looking for a kicker throughout the playoffs. This week’s game against the Bengals is just the start to it. The Bengals gave up four field goals to Jason Sanders last week and four to Graham Gano is the week before. The story here is that the Bengals give up a lot of field goals, giving a perfect reason for you to go with Zuerlein. Games against the 49ers and Eagles in the weeks following only make the case better as they are prone to giving up mass amounts to kickers on individual weeks as well.
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Own %: 27.3
After blasting into the top 5 fantasy kickers, Ryan Succop has seen a little less activity than earlier in the season. The Rams and Chiefs have each posed problems for the Buccaneers’ kicker. Only one field goal and three extra points in each of the past two games have not given the results Succop is used to seeing. A bye week gives the Buccaneers time to recoup and prepare for the Vikings who have given up the second-most fantasy points to kickers this season. With a favorable schedule to finish the season as well, Succop would be a great pickup for teams looking to have a reliable kicker throughout the rest of their playoff run.
Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars
Own %: 37.1
After a miserable game last week for the Titans, the team looks to rebound against a much easier opponent in the Jaguars. Stephen Gostkowski only got three extra-point attempts all game long without a single field goal. That was extremely strange for the Titans’ offense who has been so dominant all season long, but they get a much better matchup against the Jaguars who have allowed the fourth-most points per game this season. With how explosive the Titans’ offense can be, that will lead to an abundance of points for Gostkowski whether that be extra points or field goals. Last week for the first game without a field goal attempt for Gostkowski so we can assume he will at least get one if not more along with the base of a few extra points that can also be expected.
Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
Own %: 0.9
After an unexpectedly great performance last week against the Steelers, Dustin Hopkins has put together a string of impressive games with a lot of field goal attempts. His consistency has been his problem all season long but with how many he attempts per game, his one miss every few weeks has been negligible. In three of the past four games, he has attempted at least three field goals which have been paired with at least two extra points for support. Washington has struggled offensively throughout most of the season but has recently started to come alive. An injury to Antonio Gibson does not look good for the offense moving forward, but even with him out most of last week’s game, Hopkins finished as a top-three kicker for the week.
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