by Ray Kuhn
With the first bye week upon us, well the first formal bye week as we had our first game lost to COVID-19 in Week 4, it is time for our annual reminder. Kickers are interchangeable. Don’t, in just about all circumstances, waste a bench spot on a kicker. This is even more true when we are dealing with the potential for more postponed games this week. With that being said, let’s jump into how our options rank for this week:
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Las Vegas
- Rodrigo Blankenship – Indianapolis Colts – at Cleveland
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
- Stephen Gostkowski – Tennessee Titans – vs. Buffalo
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. LA Chargers
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – at NY Jets
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Graham Gano – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Greg Zuerlein – Dallas Cowboys – vs. NY Giants
- Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins – at San Francisco
- Sam Ficken – New York Jets – vs. Arizona
- Talk about stalled drives. One of the highest scoring kickers of Week 4 was Jason Sanders who really has the perfect recipe for success in Miami. The Dolphins have shown the ability to move the ball well downfield and most weeks they are generally chasing points. However, when they get towards the red zone, their offense has a tendency to stall out and that is where Sanders comes in. When you get five field goal attempts like Sanders did last week, it doesn’t matter that he didn’t attempt an extra point. Sanders converted all five of his attempts including three from the 40-49 range. So far this season Sanders has yet to miss a kick, and that includes five field goals from the 40 to 49 range and one from beyond 50 yards. Against a solid defense in San Francisco this week, that trend should continue.
- I know what I am about to say is crazy, but the Jets are in the top-12 in something fantasy related. And it is a good thing. Granted Sam Ficken is hanging on at the edge but he is there. For as bad as the Jets have been as a whole this season, Ficken is having a solid campaign. A large reason for that is the New York’s pure inability to score touchdowns, but all you see out of that is production from your kicker. Ficken hasn’t missed a kick yet this season and last week he made five field goals including one from beyond 50 yards. In ESPN leagues, Ficken is barely owned but there is some value to be found.
- Your unlikely top-five kicker of the 2020 season is Rodrigo Blankenship. With a 16% ownership surge in ESPN leagues this week, fantasy owners are starting to get on as he is getting close to 70% owned, but he is in a perfect storm of success. The Indianapolis offense is good, but not great, and their defense is also doing a good job of shutting down the opposition. To say that he has been busy so far this season would be an understatement as Blankenship has made 12 of his 14 field goal attempts along with all nine extra points. He has leg strength as evidenced by his four kicks (out of five) from the 40-49 range and consistency as he has made at least two field goals each week so far this season.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: