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Kickers are an absolute wildcard in fantasy football. They can win you games with huge performances, but they can also drop a dud too. It’s hard to have any realistic expectations for a kicker because a lot of their production is out of their control. What’s most important in evaluating a kicker is which offense is he kicking for. A high octane offense will almost always secure you solid production from your kicker. Opportunity is everything when it comes to this position. Looking at opportunity in week 6, here are my top 10 waiver wire pickups at the kicker position.
|Player Name||Team||Opponent||Own %|
Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons (Own: 33%)
The longtime kicker should be busy this weekend. The Cardinals are of the worst ranked defenses in the league and that trend should continue with the likes of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley this weekend. Bryant is a safe bet to put points in week 6. Bryant is currently 4 for 6 on field goals and perfect on extra points. If you’re in need of a kicker, look no further than Matt Bryant in week 6.
Dan Bailey, Minnesota vikings (Own: 11%)
As expected, Bailey had a huge week against the New York Giants last week. If quarterback Kirk Cousins can continue how he played last week, Bailey should be in for another fantasy friendly week 6. Minnesota’s kicker is 7 for 8 on field goals with a long of 50 yards. Bailey should be considered in everything lineup this week.
Chase McLaughlin, Los Angeles Chargers (Own: 1%)
The newly signed kicker has a favorable match this weekend. Due to the Steelers having an inexperienced quarterback, it should be expected that Phillip Rivers will have his hands on the ball quite often in week 6. McLaughlin should have his opportunities to get on the board. I’m not one to trust a kicker making his NFL debut, but he is kicking for one of the most talented offenses when all healthy.
Randy Bullock, Cincinnati Bengals (Own: 1%)
Cincinnati’s kicker had a solid game against the Cardinals last weekend. He successfully kicked in 2 field goals to go along with 2 extra points. He should continue to see quality opportunities as the Ravens defense has not looked like the defense that we have all come accustomed to. Ravens rank just 23rd in points allowed per game. I expect Dalton and his set of weapons to move the ball with ease. Bullock is an enticing play in week 6.
Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals (Own: 21%)
Arizona’s kicker has been a viable kicking option all season. Gonzalez is coming off a 3 field goals performance, to go along with 2 extra points. Kyler Murray should continue to put up points as the Falcons ranked 31st points allowed per game. Murray won’t have an issue moving the ball, which should bring Gonzalez plenty of scoring opportunities. Gonzalez is an intriguing play in week 6.
Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys (Own: 56%)
The Cowboys kicker hasn’t been able to cash in from long range, his long is just 36 yards this season. Overall, he is just 4 for 7 on field goals. While those are not positive signs, I do think Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense should produce opportunities for Maher. The Jets rank just 25th in points allowed per game. Prescott and Elliott should both be primed for bounce back performances. Maher should be seen as an option, but not necessarily a top one.
Cody Parkey, Tennessee Titans (Own: 0%)
It’s hard to peg what the Titans are and what they are not. Their inconsistencies make me weary about picking up the team’s kicker. With that said, they do have a matchup against the Broncos who just secured their first win of the season. Cody Parkey will be making his Titans’ debut this weekend, although we all remember his last stint with Chicago. We shall wait and see how Parkey can rebound from such agonizing end to last season. There are too many other kickers available to be looking at Parkey for week 6.
Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (Own: 20%)
Detroit’s veteran kicker is 7 for 9 on field goals this year, with an impressive long of 55 yards. He has an unfavorable matchup in week 6, as the Packers defense are 8th best in points allowed per game. While this is true, they are the 29th worst team against the run. Prater’s potential is somewhat limited this week given the defense his team’s offense is facing is above average. He’s a solid kicker, who I’d look at after the names already mentioned on this list.
Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns (Own: 5%)
Cleveland’s kicker fell victim to just an overall poor offensive display by the Browns’ offense in week 5. Seibert only had 1 field goal, and no extra point opportunities. Until Baker Mayfield and the rest of the offense can find some chemistry, I’d be hesitant to have Seibert in my lineup. There are better options available, I wouldn’t jump at grabbing Seibert in week 6.
Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (Own: 48%)
Philadelphia is facing one of the most stout defenses in the league. Due to that, Elliott should not be considered too heavily in week 6. It is always appealing to have a kicker on a team with a lot of offensive talent like the Eagles, but injuries have dampened that explosion we are all waiting for. Elliott will be a viable option moving forward, but this week’s matchup is just not in his favor.
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