You don’t want it to happen… It can’t happen… After all of work your season can’t be decided by a kicker. DFS sites have eliminated the position, as have some fantasy leagues, but there are a lot of leagues that still utilize kickers. So that means, we can’t ignore them. At this point in the season you know the drill, so let’s jump into how our options rank to maximize every possible point:
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. LA Rams
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Nick Folk – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
- Kai Forbath – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Michael Badgley – LA Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Atlanta
- Austin Seibert – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – vs. NY Giants
- If you are headed to the waiver wire take a closer look at Jason Myers. The Seattle kicker has been a borderline starting option a year after making the Pro Bowl with the Jets, and this week you have to like his match-up. Opposing kickers have had success against Arizona and Myers is also available in about 80% of leagues. With 57 kicks made he has been busy, and he is perfect on all 16 of his field goal attempts of 39 yards or less. When he faced the Cardinals earlier in the season, he had two field goals and three extra points, and there is no reason why we can’t expect a repeat of that.
- Should you wish to hold out some hope until Monday night, and also roster a top-10 kicker, then Dan Bailey might be your man. Weather won’t be an issue and he is coming off a strong effort against the Chargers as he made four field goals and three of four extra point attempts. With five field goals from between 40 and 49 yards, plus another three from beyond 50 yards, leg strength isn’t an issue and neither are scoring opportunities as he has made 60 kicks.
- Now that is a debut. Kai Forbath wasted no time in making an impact with the Cowboys last week, and while they aren’t going to have that kind of offensive outburst every week it has to generate some optimism. Forbath showed no signs of rust as all three of his field goals came from beyond 40 yards (one greater than 50 yards), while also converting his four extra points. This week he should find similar success against the Eagles.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 rankings: