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Matt Prater had a busy day in a game that may go down in history as the worst called game in recent history. He made all 5 field goal attempts, two from 50+ and one from 40+, but the Lions still lost off some blown calls. Which kicker will be the Prater of last week? I will be going through the kickers that I think have the best chances of getting a lot of action and those that shouldn’t be in any starting lineups.
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
Josh Lambo has not missed a field goal attempt yet this year and has normally had two attempts a game. Week after week, he has put up a decent amount of points due to the Jaguars failing to find the endzone. The Bengals have allowed the third-highest amount of field goals per game at 2.7. Lambo would be a nice pick up this week.
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
After a game like last week, it would be hard to sit Matt Prater this week. In the last two games, he has converted on all 8 of his attempted field goals with 3 coming from beyond 50 yards. The Vikings will prove to be a tougher defense which might leave the Lions in range of more 50-yard attempts. I’d be ready for a busy Prater day.
Opponent: New York Giants
All year, Zane Gonzalez has been a great fantasy option with 16 converted field goals. In the last two weeks, he has had above average performances with 4 field goals in Week 5 and 2 field goals and 4 extra points last week. The Giants have allowed the sixth-most points per game at 26.7. With the Cardinals’ offense heating up, Gonzalez will stay busy out there.
Opponent: Washington Redskins
Gould has looked iffy recently with 4 missed field goals in the past two games, but the amount of usage that he gets a game makes up for it. The Redskins’ defense has given up the fifth-most points in the league which sets up Gould nicely for a lot of action. Also, the Redskins’ offense has had a lot of problems which will give the 49ers a lot of drives to score off of.
Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Stephen Hauschka has been put on a Bills team that hasn’t been able to use him much, but I believe that will change this week against the Dolphins. The Dolphins have given up the most points per game at 36 which is 5 more than the next-worst team. The Bills should be scoring a lot this week and Hauschka will be out there a lot whether it’s for field goals or extra points. I’d be picking up for this week as he is only owned 3.9% of leagues.
Opponent: New England Patriots
The Jets’ offense is way too bad to be able to start Sam Ficken. In 4 games, he has attempted just 3 field goals and has missed one of them. Last time the Jets played the Patriots, their offense got shut out, but Ficken got 2 extra points off defensive touchdowns. The chances of that happening again are super low which makes me believe that Ficken will get shut out this week.
Chase McLaughlin, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: Tennessee Titans
Chase McLaughlin has played in 2 games for the Chargers so far has missed an attempt in each game. He is 3 for 5 on the season with 3 extra points. The Chargers’ offense has been off the last two weeks including McLaughin. This week they face a challenging Titans’ defense. McLaughlin shouldn’t get many opportunities this week again to show if he is a reliable kicker or not, but from the existing data, he currently is not.
Opponent: Chicago Bears
Wil Lutz began the year very busy but has taken a step back the past two weeks. The Saints’ offense has not been as explosive as it was when the season began. He still hasn’t missed a single field goal, but he is being used less and less. The Saints won’t be very productive against the Bears this week as they are the third-best defense in terms of points against.
Opponent: Indianapolis Colts
Ka’imi Fairbairn has not gotten enough field-goal attempts to give him any value and on top of that, he hasn’t been consistent with 3 missed field goals this season in 9 attempts. The Colts have not been very friendly for opposing kickers. They have only allowed 1.4 field goals per game on average. I wouldn’t expect his attempt total to rise much if at all this week.
Eddy Pineiro, Chicago Bears
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
The Bears’ offense is still figuring out how to score which has left Eddy Pineiro in a bad spot. In their last game, the Bears scored three touchdowns without any field goal attempts. This week they play the Saints who have allowed the second-least amount of field goals this season, averaging just one per game. This is not the type of matchup for Pineiro to make him startable.