Some kickers are coming into Week 15 with ideal matchups while others seem likely to underperform. We’ve identified two kickers who are ideal starters in fantasy football and two who could bust ahead of the action. Let’s go over some of the top starting options and fades.
Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Lutz hasn’t looked like his usual self lately but Drew Brees could return in Week 15 to give the Saints’ offense a boost. The Chiefs’ defense isn’t easy to beat but I expect Lutz to get back on track in his first home game of December. He’s made 92.9 percent of his field goals attempts at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome. The point total is installed at 51.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook so he should get plenty of opportunities.
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Tucker kicked an impressive game-winner to cap off Week 14 and Baltimore enters Week 15 as a 12.5 point favorite. Tucker’s field goal numbers are down but the Ravens should be able to break into enemy territory frequently against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Tucker is the GOAT so don’t expect him to connect on the chances he gets.
Sergio Castillo, New York Jets vs. Los Angeles Rams
The worst offensive team in the league is up against an elite defense. That never bodes well for kickers and Castillo ranks 32nd at his position in fantasy points. Los Angeles embarrassed the New England Patriots by topping them 24-3 in Wee 14 and the Jets could be even worse off.
Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Bailey has really been struggling lately and has missed four of his last six field goal attempts. If there’s one thing we know about the Bears, it’s that they don’t make it easy to score. Minnesota is one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL but Bailey ranks 28th in fantasy points and has made just 66.7 percent of his field goals this year.