by Ray Kuhn
I know it feels like we are beating a redundant drum, but owners of Robbie Gould certainly aren’t ignoring the kicker position. On this championship week, let’s take a look at who can help you secure those crucial points. Fantasy football never goes smoothly or as expected, and in the playoffs it feels like that is only more magnified. Here are how our options rank:
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens- vs. Indianapolis
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Oakland
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Cincinnati
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco
- Nick Rose – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Jacksonville
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Washington
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Phil Dawson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New York Giants
- Originally we were going to talk about Greg Zuerlein. At this point, there aren’t many good things left to be said about the Rams’ kicker that we haven’t said already, and this week he was facing the Titans who have allowed the most points to opposing kickers. Instead he is now out for the season with a back injury, and fantasy owners are looking for a new option at the top of this list. That brings us to Chris Boswell, who does happen to be available in about 20% of ESPN leagues. You are going to have to wait until Monday for him, when he faces the Texans on the road, but you likely will be rewarded. Houston has allowed the third most points to opposing kickers and for the season he has been a Top 5 option. So far this season Boswell has six games with three field goals or more and he has made 91.7% of his field goals while converting 29 of his 31 extra point attempts. He will likely be one of the more costlier options on the week, and playing Monday takes him out of the main DFS slate, but he is the best overall option.
- For that situation (the main slate and value), let’s take a look at Brandon McManus who is owned in just 11.6% of ESPN leagues. We generally like to target him when he has the benefit of kicking in Denver, but the Redskins allow the fifth most points to opposing kickers. Despite missing eight field goals, McManus is perfect on all 24 of his extra point attempts and he has a track record of success. There certainly are going to be better options, but he is my streaming/budget choice for this week.
- Efficiency. That is what Josh Lambo has given us since joining the Jaguars for Week 7. As a whole, fantasy football has not caught on as he is owned in just 26% of ESPN leagues. Lambo has missed one of his 18 field goal attempts along with just one of his 20 extra point attempts, and Jacksonville has proven to have a strong offense. In the two games in which he has only made one field goal the kicker has nine extra points, so he still returned some value.
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