I have been high on Younghoe Koo since the beginning of the season and he continues to impress. He led the league in kicking this week with another one of my selection last week coming in among the top. Rodrigo Blankenship showed again that he is the real deal when it comes to nailing field goals. While a bunch of kickers are struggling to make field goals, these two are making the most of their opportunities. They are still great options moving forward if they are available and could join the group of kickers that should be played each week despite the matchup. But until people figure it out, you can find them still on this list of waiver wire pickups for kickers. As the weeks go on, we see which kickers are used frequently as well as the defenses that allow the most field goals. It is a mix between being good enough to create a stop and bad enough to allow them in scoring position. Without further ado, here are the week 3 kicker waiver wire pickups.
|Younghoe Koo||Atlanta Falcons||Chicago Bears||47.6|
|Stephen Gostkowski||Tennessee Titans||Minnesota Vikings||3.8|
|Jason Myers||Seattle Seahawks||Dallas Cowboys||12.4|
|Rodrigo Blankenship||Indianapolis Colts||New York Jets||24.9|
|Mason Crosby||Green Bay Packers||New Orleans Saints||48.8|
|Michael Badgley||Los Angeles Chargers||Carolina Panthers||2.2|
Opponent: Chicago Bears
Own %: 47.6
While ownership of Younghoe Koo has risen recently, it should be a lot higher than what it is at. The Falcons have shown they score a lot with both field goals and touchdowns, giving Koo tons of chances to score himself. His four field goals and 3 extra points led the league last week. He is now six for six with field goals for the season and four of five with extra points. Ever since extra points were moved back, we have seen a drastic increase in extra points, yet Koo continues to show his consistency no matter where he is firing from on the field. The Bears are a favorable matchup for Koo as they have given up the 7th most points to kickers this season. They are tied for the most field goal attempts against them. Koo will be a very strong pick up this week as he was last week.
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Own %: 3.8
After a miserable start to the season in week 1, Stephen Gostkowski had a total rebound in week 2. Gostkowski went one for four in the field goal column in week 1 and also missed an extra point attempt. His misses almost cost the Titans the game, but they pulled through in the end. But Gostkowski would not go down like that and in week 2, he converted two field goals, one from 40+ yards and one from 50+ yards. He did miss one extra point but made the other three attempts. This is a good sign for things to come as the Titans tend to move the ball often, giving Gostkowski plenty of opportunities to capitalize on his opportunities. If he can continue to find success as he has in the past, his score total will rack up.
Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
Own %: 12.4
While the ceiling for Jason Myers is lower compared to some players, he is one of the most consistent options out there. The Seahawks have been heating up with scoring and Myers has been capitalizing on every opportunity with not a single miss. He has only had one field goal attempt but his ten total extra points have raised his floor up significantly. The Cowboys have shown that they allow a lot of points against them. They have given up the most field goal attempts in the league which pairs well with Myers who has his solid floor underneath him. If he can get a couple of field goals to go with the extra points that are almost a given at this point, he could easily make a run for the top kickers this week.
Opponent: New York Jets
Own %: 24.9
We will likely see the ownership of Rodrigo Blankenship begin to take off like a rocket ship. The rookie kicker has made a name for himself after two weeks of NFL football. He is six for seven on field goals and a perfect four for four with extra points thus far and the trend will likely continue into week 3 against the Jets. The Jets are a small portion on the better side of average as a matchup for kickers as they have given up the 19th-most points to kickers through two weeks. The injury to Marlon Mack has not put any effect on Blankenship’s production on the field as it has actually increased it from week 1. He has yet to try a 50+ yard field goal, but his power will make it look easy when the opportunity comes.
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Own %: 48.8
Mason Crosby and the Packers know how to score and they like to do it a lot. Crosby has also never missed an extra point or field goal attempt on the season. After five extra points and two field goals in week 1, he almost replicated it in week 2 with four extra points and two field goals. The Packers will be up against their toughest matchup so far with the Saints, but seeing how the Packers have been playing, it could end up with added field goal attempts instead of touchdowns. The Packers’ offense has almost been too strong for Crosby’s value, so we might see an increase in his value against a better defense. The way in which his value will increase is with more field goal attempts.
Opponent: Carolina Panthers
Own %: 2.2
Despite his lack of ownership, Michael Badgley is actually a top ten kicker currently. While the Chargers have not scored a ton of points, their points mostly come from field goals, giving Badgley a great load of value. He has only missed one attempt which was from beyond 50 yards. He has nailed both attempts from over 40 yards as well as an additional three field goals and three extra points. The Panthers are a good matchup as they have given up more than the league average points to kickers. The one hindrance is that they allow mostly extra points as opposed to field goals, but it will be interesting to see how an offense that kicks a lot of field goals pairs up against a defense that gives up more touchdowns.
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