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Kickers are easily the most unpredictable position in fantasy football. It is also the easiest position to continually replace on a week-to-week basis. A kicker’s value has as much to do with the offense he is playing for, as it does with his kicking accuracy. While there are a few household names that will never be on the waiver wire, there are a plethora of kickers who you can pickup and produce just as well as those marquee names. Here are the top 10 kicker pickups for week 3.
Week 3 Kicker Top Waiver Pickups
Matt Bryant (29% owned)
The veteran kicker is 1 for 2 in his field goal attempts through 2 games. Neither were chip shots, as Bryant’s two attempts both were over 50 yards in distance. He plays for an Atlanta offense who should be quite potent with the likes of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the ascendance of 2nd year receiver Calvin Ridley. Due to the offensive talent, Bryant should consistently have opportunities to put up points. Hopefully for fantasy owners, those opportunities will be more field goals than extra points. The Colts have given up 30 and 19 points in their two contests this season. Following this trend, Bryant should be poised for a couple field goals and a few extra points in week 3.
Matt Gay (2% Owned)
The Tampa Bay kicker is off to a good start to his 2019 campaign. Gay has had 4 field goal attempts so far, netting 3 of them. He plays for an offense that has shown to have their difficulties led by quarterback Jameis Winston. Luckily, Tampa Bay’s struggles have lead them to kick field goals to go along with their fair share of punts. The Bucs get to play the Giants, who have been abysmal on the defensive side of the ball through week 2. The G-Men have allowed 35 points and 28 points this season. Gay should be a safe pick to put some points on the board, knowing the Bucs’ offense, I’d suspect there will be more field goals than touchdowns in week 3.
Jake Elliott (59% Owned)
The Philadelphia Eagles’ kicker is kicking perfect through 2 games. Elliott is 3/3 on field goals with a long of 49 this season. He has been a consistent kicker for his career with an accuracy of 83.9% through his 2 seasons in the NFL. He also has a long of 61 yards in his career, which gives a good idea of the strength of his leg. The 3rd year kicker gets a matchup with the Lions who have allowed 7 field goal attempts through just 2 games. Elliott should be busy on Sunday, if he is available, he should be a confident add in week 3.
Matt Prater (44% Owned)
The veteran kicker is looking to rebound after a game where he went just 1 for 2 on extra points. In week 1, Prater went perfect with 3 extra points and 2 field goals. Notably, one of those field goals was from 55 yards. The Lions’ kicker is a career 83.6% in field goal attempts. Until further notice, he should be trusted to be a reliable fantasy kicking option. He gets to face the Eagles, who have struggled to hold their opponents from scoring in 2019. The Eagles have given up a pair of field goal attempts in both games so far, allowing a total of 27 and 24 points as well. Prater should receive opportunities in week 3, he should be considered as a pickup if available.
Stephen Haushka (3% Owned)
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bills’ kicker will be facing off with the Bengals in week 3. The Bengals allowed the 49ers to rack up 41 points in a blow out victory for San Francisco. The Bills’ are 2-0, and quarterback Josh Allen has shown some growth. Allen passed and rushed for a touchdown in week 2, while not turning over the ball. Cincinnati’s defense is exploitable, which should result in scoring opportunities for Haushka. He can also be considered on the waiver wire this week.
Brett Maher (64% Owned)
Opponent: Miami Dolphins
The Cowboys’ kicker hasn’t seen much field goal opportunities, but has been able to capitalise on extra points. He is 100% in both field goals and extra points through 2 games. I like him to continue scoring extra points in week 3, considering he’s playing the Dolphins. Maher will have a high floor this week, but perhaps not an excellent ceiling considering the Cowboys’ offense will be scoring more touchdowns than field goals. He is a safe option, but maybe not the best option.
Jason Myers (57% Owned)
Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
Seattle’s kicker Jason Myers, has yet to score a field goal in 2019. He hasn’t had much opportunity, only having one attempt from over 50 yards out. The Seahawk offense should produce points this season, as quarterback Russell Wilson looks particularly sharp. Seattle also gets matchup against the Saints, who has yet to hold a team under 20 points this season. Additionally, New Orleans will be playing with a backup quarterback while starter Drew Brees is out. These factors lead me to believe Wilson will control the possession time, and give Myers ample scoring opportunities.
Randy Bullock (1% Owned)
Opponent: Buffalo Bills
The Bengals’ offense has looked better than maybe once thought. In particular, Dalton looks formidable, throwing 4 touchdowns to just 1 interception so far in the 2019 season. Cincinnati will face the Bills, who haven’t faced a solid offense yet. Due to Dalton’s improved play, and the weapons he has on the perimeter, the Bengals should be able to move the ball against the Bills. However, it will not be easy, which may result in more field goals than touchdowns. Judging off last year’s statistics, the Bills were the best pass defense in the league. Bullock is 3 for 5 on field goals attempts, with both misses coming further than 40 yards away. He should be considered when looking at fantasy kickers this week.
Chris Boswell (10% Owned)
Opponent: Seattle Seahawks
The Steelers’ kicker is perfect on the 2019 season. However, what once was pegged to be a dynamic offense in Pittsburgh, has fallen in a matter of just 2 weeks. Their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year, making it hard to trust the Steelers’ offensive output on a weekly basis. I’d stay away from Boswell until we know more about new starter Mason Rudolph.
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