Week 17 Kicker Rankings & Pickups: Daniel Carlson In A Tremendous Matchup

Kickers went wild in Week 16 as ten kickers had double-digit fantasy points, and 14 had eight or more fantasy points. Week 17 is more tricky for other positions as kickers do not get rested. However, kickers on teams resting their offensive starters might struggle to move the ball a bit more so that is something to pay attention to. This is the last week of the year and for those with Week 17 games still on the line, here are the top kickers for this week.

Week 17 Kicker Rankings & Projections

Week 17 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 17 Projection
1Harrison ButkerLAC9.3
2Ryan SuccopATL9.2
3Justin Tucker@CIN9.1
4Tyler BassMIA8.7
5Rodrigo BlankenshipJAX8.6
6Daniel Carlson@DEN8.3
7Wil Lutz@CAR8.1
8Younghoe Koo@TB7.9
9Jason Sanders@BUF7.7
10Joey SlyeNO7.6

Top Week 17 Kickers

Daniel CarlsonDaniel Carlson is one of the top kickers on the board this week and in fact, he ranks first in scoring with 136 points this season, averaging 9.1 fantasy points per game. He will face Denver this season, who have allowed 9.9 fantasy points per game to kickers this season. They are the only team to have allowed over 40 field goal attempts this season. On the other side of this game, you can stream Brandon McManus. The Raiders have allowed 8.3 fantasy points per game to kickers this season. Justin Tucker is in a good spot this week and has been a top-ten kicker all year long. He faces the Bengals, who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game to kickers this season.

Younghoe Koo failed to hit a tying field goal last week but has been a lock each week, averaging 9.5 fantasy points per game this season. Both sides of this same should be a good one as both defenses have allowed a lot through the air. Both he and Ryan Succop should have a strong game this week. While the Chiefs will be resting guys, they should move the ball still and the Chargers have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to kickers this season. Wil Lutz and Rodrigo Blankenship round this one up in top-ten matchups this week. The Panthers have allowed 7.5 points per game and the Jags, have allowed 35 attempts and 8.7 points per game.

Streaming Options

greg zuerleinTyler Bass (56%) had another strong game and ranks 5th in scoring this season. Bass has been terrific and being on Buffalo and not being a household name in the kicker world, Bass has been under-owned all year. Bass gets the Dolphins who on paper isn’t a great matchup but the Bills offense will likely at least play their guys a half depending on what other teams do. The implied total still looks good, so I would trust.

The Cowboys are still in it and Greg Zuerlein (40%) is in play as a streaming option. They take on the Giants who have allowed 32 attempts this season and 7.2 points per game. Zuerlein has been boom or bust this season but I love the upside he brings. Mason Crosby (36%) is the other one to consider this week against the Bears, who have allowed 35 attempts this season and have allowed 7.5 fantasy points per game. Crosby ranks 15th in scoring and has only had 16 field goal attempts given how efficient the offense has been in Green Bay.

Tough Week 17 Kicking Matchups

Matt PraterRobbie Gould had a rough day against the Cardinals missing a few kicks and will take on the Seahawks this week, who have allowed 3.6 fantasy points per game to kickers over the last five weeks. With the offense also struggling, it is hard to give the 49ers much of a chance to move the ball this week and put Gould in a good spot to rack up attempts. Matt Prater is in a similar boat if Matthew Stafford doesn’t play. It would be a good matchup otherwise, as the Vikings have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to kickers this season, but the Lions implied total is awfully low.

  
Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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