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Start or sit Mason Crosby in Week 1 fantasy football?

With the Packers potentially being limited on offense by the Bears, Mason Crosby is an intriguing play. We look at whether you should play or bench the kicker in Week 1.

Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby celebrates after making the game winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ahhhh yes, fantasy football kicker advice. A tradition like no other. There were some question marks as to whether Mason Crosby would be the Packers kicker heading into this season. But after training camp, Crosby came out victorious in a battle with Sam Fickens, and will enter his 13th season in Green Bay as the starter.

The veteran is coming off a bit of a bounce-back season. In 2017, he surprisingly had a career-low 19 field goal attempts despite starting all 16 regular-season games, going 15-for-19. At a 78.9 percent clip, that was Crosby’s lowest mark since 2012 when he converted just 63.6 percent of his field goal attempts. He’s also missed at least two extra points attempts in each of the past three seasons.

This is an interesting spot for Crosby on the road vs. the Bears. Looking at some splits, Crosby has kicked to an 80 percent mark away from Green Bay. He also (not surprisingly) kicks better early in the season, mostly since the weather in Wisconsin is brutal later in the season. Against the Bears however, his clip is uninspiring at 79.6 percent in his career (39-for-49).

Fantasy Impact: With that said, Crosby isn’t a bad Week 1 option if you’re looking for a streamer, though it’s never good to start off the week on a bad foot if he lays an egg. The Bears defense could limit the amount of times the Packers find the end zone Thursday, but that could mean more field goal attempts for Crosby. Plus, there isn’t expected to be heavy winds in Chicago. I’d feel confident in rolling Crosby out there for Week 1.

Recommendation: Start

All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS contests.