by Ray Kuhn
As we get into the bye week portion of our schedule it’s time for the annual reminder about how to handle the kicker position. Only roster one. Yes, I know you get a kicker you like and you don’t want to part with them on a bye week, but roster space is just too critical. This is especially true this season as we deal with COVID related issues and depth is very necessary. With that being said let’s jump into how this week’s options rank:
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Philadelphia
- Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins – vs. NY Jets
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo
- Graham Gano – New York Giants – vs. Washington
- Rodrigo Blankenship – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
- Stephen Gostkowski – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
- Greg Zuerlein – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Ryan Succop – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Green Bay
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. LA Rams
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
- Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
- Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Atlanta
- At no other position would the number one ranked player through the first six weeks of the season be owned in just 43% of ESPN leagues, but here we are. In fairness to Jason Sanders his ownership did surge by 41% this week on the heels of another strong effort by the Miami kicker. Sanders has yet to miss kick so far this season, 14 field goals and 10 extra points, and that includes six kicks from the 40 to 49 range and two from beyond 50 yards. With leg strength, accuracy, and opportunity, Sanders checks all the boxes and that is especially the truth against the Jets this week.
- Kickers benefit from offenses that struggle, and is certainly the case for Graham Gano and the Giants. New York has yet to show signs of being able to make progress in the red zone and Gano is benefiting each week. The fact that Gano already has four field goals from beyond 50 yards helps to make up for the fact that he has attempted, and converted, four extra points.
- If you are looking for a strong waiver wire addition to replace a bye week kicker, then Mason Crosby is worth a look as he comes off Green Bay’s week off. Even despite that he is still a borderline top-10 option. Crosby has been perfect on all eight of his field goal attempts as he continues to show off his leg strength and efficiency. The Packers also have kept Crosby busy as he has converted 16 of his 17 extra point attempts.
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