Week 6 Kicker Rankings & Pickups: Jason Sanders To Keep Up His Strong Start
You will likely need a few replacements at kicker this week with Wil Lutz, Daniel Carlson, and Mike Badgley on bye. Lutz and Carlson have both been top ten kickers so far this season. Don’t worry there are plenty of options out there this week and a lot of top-scoring kickers remain free to pick up. Through the first five weeks, Rodrigo Blankenship, Jason Sanders, Daniel Carlson, Randy Bullock, and Joey Slye are all top five in scoring. Some slight disappointments include Greg Zuerlein, Matt Prater, Zane Gonzalez, and Harrison Butker. However, their volume has taken a hit just due to the efficiency of their offense at times this season. It will start to even out, so still consider them strong options week-to-week.
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Week 6 Kicker Rankings & Projections
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Top Week 6 Kickers
Justin Tucker ranks 6th in scoring this season and has attempted 11 field goals. Last season the Ravens were super-efficient and also extremely aggressive which limited Tucker’s field goal volume. This season is a bit different as the Ravens are not as efficient, which helps Tucker’s potential for field goals over just extra points. His overall volume still remains very high. It is a good spot for him this week as the Eagles defense is middle of the road in fantasy points allowed. Rodrigo Blankenship continues to be your leading scorer with 56 fantasy points this season. He is 15-of-17 and has made 11 out of 11 extra points on the year. Cincinnati has allowed 15 FGA to opposing kickers this season and the 6th most fantasy points per game.
Greg Zuerlein and Zane Gonzalez both are in prime spots this week. Both should have higher numbers in the offenses they are in, but the red zone and touchdown numbers have been through the roof. We still want to target kickers on high-scoring and higher paced offenses, so they still check off all of the boxes. The Cowboys are also allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing kickers this season. The Cardinals are middle of the league but haven’t exactly faced top tier offenses.
We might be pounding the Joey Slye drums a bit hard over here at Lineups, but he is a top-five kicker with no respect. Carolina is moving the ball with ease right now and that will give Slye continued opportunity. Chicago is also giving up a ton of attempts. Kickers have the most attempts against Chicago this season (18). They are averaging 10.4 fantasy points per game. Slye should continue to produce.
Randy Bullock (52%) was in my tough matchups piece last week and he got his points at the final play of the game to avoid the shutout. This week is in a bounce back spot against the Colts. While they have allowed just seven attempts. Cincinnati will be able to move the ball against this defense that is not as good as they seem and the Bengals offense is a big reason for the uptick in Bullock’s fantasy. With the Titans back healthy and playing, we get Stephen Gostkowski (52%) who was trending up after a horrible Week 1 performance. He will get the Texans who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers. It is a good spot for him.
Matt Prater (49%) is another one, he was dropped after the Detroit bye week but gets the Jaguars, who are one of five teams allowing 10 points per game to opposing kickers this season. Prater has been decent this season in good spots and there hasn’t been a ton for him up until now. He will have a strong matchup in the next few weeks. Younghoe Koo (30%) missed some time with an injury, so his season number stook a small dip, yet he is averaging ten points per game this season. He will get the Vikings this week, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers.
Tough Week 6 Kicking Matchups
Robbie Gould is in a tough spot alongside the whole 49ers team. The Rams have allowed just eight field goal attempts in five games this season and kickers have averaged only six points. There are plenty of better spots to go with this week. Jake Elliott makes it in this section for a third straight week. He gets the Ravens this week, who have allowed just 4.4 fantasy points per game to opposing kickers this season. I will pass on bad offenses taking on top five defenses. Brandon McManus tends to be a popular name but the Patriots allowing just six fantasy points per game to kickers is a stay away from me. I don’t trust the Denver offense to give them much of a chance in this one.
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