Hope for the best and plan for the worst… That applies to a lot of things in life but let’s take a step back, we really don’t want to bring life into fantasy football, do we?
There are a lot of decisions we have to make on a daily basis that sometimes feel like a losing proposition. You never know when a kicker isn’t going to get a field goal attempt, or will miss a kick that is normally automatic. It just happens, and there is nothing you can do about. Sometimes you will win because of the kicker, and sometimes the opposite is true. All you can do is hope for the best. So let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – at Seattle
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. NY Jets
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Green Bay
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Washington
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Indanapolis
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Cleveland
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Matt Gay – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Dallas
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Kansas City
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – vs. LA Rams
- Looking at the schedule it was hard not to get downright giddy at the thought of the Chiefs playing in a dome. Instead the game was a lot closer than many people envisioned, and Kansas City really didn’t play to their potential. Those struggles trickled down to Harrison Butker, as he unusually missed a field goal within 39 yards. It was the first missed kick of the year for Butker, who was perfect on his four extra point attempts. While the overall performance is there, the last three weeks have been relatively tame. With that being said, there is still no need to look elsewhere.
- If you want to minimize roster management for the rest of the season, then Robbie Gould might be worth a look. Gould is coming off his bye week, dropped in about 34% of leagues last week, so he is both available and one of the better options you will find. The 49ers offense is showing the ability to put up points and Gould has had a steady workload. He is perfect on all 10 of his extra point attempts, and while he has missed two field goals one is from beyond 50 yards. That does bring us to the one negative factor, and that is the fact that longer field goals (which lead to more fantasy points) are not a daily occurrence. At the same time he is a dependable option and his scoring chances should only increase.
- It’s not often we see Justin Tucker outside of the top five (don’t worry he is still int he top 10), but it is a direct result of Baltimore’s offensive improvements. No longer are the Ravens being stuffed in the red zone, and that is leading to a reduction in opportunities. Don’t fear though, as the Baltimore kicker hasn’t lost anything as it pertains to his skill set. The good news is that he is perfect on all 19 of his attempts this season, with the bad news being that only six were field goals. Despite what the Steelers did against the Bengals last week, I would expect to see that addressed.
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