Week 5 Kicker Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Chris Boswell is Back

Week 4 had a few surprise performances from a few kickers that normally do not score all that much. The first is Jason Sanders who was busy with five field goal attempts of which he hit all of them, three of them coming from 40+ yards. The Dolphins never made it into the endzone, and Sanders was able to reap the benefits of that. Brandon McManus was also busy as the Broncos went all out on the Jets. He converted on all four extra-point attempts while sending all three field-goal attempts through the uprights, two of them from over 50 yards. On the other side of the ball in that game, Sam Ficken and the Jets were busy with scoring as well. Ficken went five for five with field goals, hitting one from 50+ yards with an additional extra point. As we move into week 5, these three could be players to look at moving forward. In a good matchup, they could be the top scorers again. Here are the best waiver additions at kicker under 50% ownership for your team in week 5.

PlayerTeamOpponentOwn %
Chris BoswellPittsburgh SteelersPhiladelphia Eagles39.7
Stephen GostkowskiTennessee TitansBuffalo Bills16.6
Joey SlyeCarolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons22.0
Ryan SuccopTampa Bay BuccaneersChicago Bears11.9
Graham GanoNew York GiantsDallas Cowboys1.8
Nick FolkNew England PatriotsDenver Broncos1.6

Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
Own %: 39.7

Now that the Steelers are back in action, it is time to take advantage of the fantasy teams that dropped Steelers’ players. Chris Boswell is one that really fell off in ownership after the surprise bye week last week, dropping in over 50% of leagues in which he was previously owned. The Steelers are a top offense in the league led by Ben Roethlisberger. It is always beneficial to have a kicker attached to a strong offense so Boswell will return value with his high floor. The Eagles defense stepped up last week and made some stops so here’s hoping that they will be able to stop the Steelers from the endzone and create some field goal opportunities for Boswell.

Stephen Gostkowski, Tennessee Titans

Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Own %: 16.6

Like with Chris Boswell above, the Titans had a surprise bye week but should be set to play this coming week as long as no new cases evolve. Stephen Gostkowski was on my list last week before the cancellation happened. In week 3, he showed that he is very much so a viable option moving forward after a shaky start. On top of that, the Titans’ offense has gotten it going as well as Gostkowski gets used more. The matchup against the Bills is leaning more towards the favorable side as the Bills’ defense has shown holes. They have given up at least 23 points in each of the past three weeks, leaving a lot of space for Gostkowski to capitalize on the opportunity.

Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers

Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
Own %: 22.0

Joey Slye has so far gone back and forth between solid performances and lackluster performances. If the streak keeps up, he is ready for another boom week. He has yet to receive any 50+ yard attempts so if any of those come, he could be set to get even more points. The matchup favors him as well. The Falcons have been known for giving up a lot of big plays of which the Panthers are good at. The talent in their receivers will be able to penetrate the weak secondary of the Falcons, leading to many scoring drives, and hopefully, some longer field-goal attempts as Slye has mainly only gotten shorter attempts. Slye should be very busy this week to continue the streak of his ups and downs.

Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Opponent: Chicago Bears
Own %: 11.9

The Buccaneers showed just how insane their offense can be last week. Tom Brady erupted with plenty of touchdowns and scoring drives which gave Succop strong fantasy value. It is hard to imagine that there will be as many touchdowns as last week, possibly giving Succop more field goal attempts. Like I have said before, it is important to have a kicker connected to a strong offense, and the Buccaneers are proving to be another one of those. The Bears are a defense that is neither favorable nor the opposite. Seeing how great the offense was last week, there is the chance that they will cool down just slightly to give Succop more field goal opportunities to score more points.

Graham Gano, New York Giants

Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
Own %: 1.8

This pick is more of a risky pick as the Giants have been a weaker offense, especially without Saquon Barkley. What is great about Gano is how many field goal attempts he gets because of how poorly the Giants finish drives. He converted on all three of his attempts last week and is nine for ten on the season. Where Gano has increased value is in the matchup this week against the Cowboys. The Cowboys have allowed the most points per game so far this season, giving the Giants every chance to get something going. The mass amount of points the Cowboys give up, combined with the inability of the Giants to finish drives could account for a ton of use for Gano, driving his value through the ceiling.

Nick Folk, New England Patriots

Opponent: Denver Broncos
Own %: 1.6

To finish off this list, there is Nick Folk with the Patriots who also have a favorable matchup against the Broncos. He is a last resort type of pick as he has only had one good week this season against the Rams in week 3. The Patriots lost Cam Newton to Covid-19 last week which highly impacted their offense as they only scored 10 points last week. The Broncos’ defense will serve as an easier matchup to get something going. Like Gano, it is a risky pick as the offense is in poorer shape without Newton, but the matchup gives Folk some value going into week 5.

I started playing fantasy football in 2010 at 12 years old where I subbed in for an owner who was having a baby. That year I won the championship in a 16-team league, carried by Arian Foster and Michael Vick. I have yet to bring a trophy home since then, but my love for fantasy football has grown, delving more and more in the statistics and finding ways to improve my drafting ability.

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