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2 kickers to start and 2 kickers to fade in Week 16 fantasy football

We go over who you should start and who you should sit at kicker for Week 16.

Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos (2) kicks a field goal in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

We are officially at the championship round in the fantasy football playoffs. At this point of the season, there’s not much to pick from off the waiver wire at certain spots. However, when it comes to kickers, you can always find a valuable streamer option for any given week.

This week, we’ll be looking at a couple of kickers that you either need to pick or start and two you need to completely forget about.

Kicker Starts

Cairo Santos, Bears vs. Jags

Cairo Santos has been one of the best kickers this season outside of Justin Tucker, Mason Crosby, and Younghoe Koo. This season, Santos has an excellent 92.6 field goal percentage and 96.8 extra point percentage. He’s also posted back-to-back double-digit fantasy points performances as the Bears have scored 30-plus points. Santos will likely be able to put up another double-digit outing with Chicago playing a Jaguars team that is giving up 30.2 points per game this season.

Harrison Butker, Chiefs vs. Falcons

The Kansas City Chiefs’ offense is getting a favorable matchup this week in the Atlanta Falcons. This season, the Falcons are giving up 25.2 points per game, while the Chiefs’ offense is averaging 31.1 points per game.

That being said, we should expect to see Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker a lot. This season, Butker has a career-high 92.3 field goal percentage and 87.8 extra point percentage. In Kansas City’s last two games, Butker has scored 6.0 and 7.0 fantasy points, which is solid.

Kicker Sits

Jake Elliott, Eagles vs. Cowboys

This season, Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has struggled kicking field goals. He has only made 72.2 percent of his field goals, which is a career-low. However, he’s been steady kicking extra points with a 90.9 percentage.

That being said, the Eagles should have a few opportunities to score points against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. But it is just hard to trust Elliott over some other kickers who may miss some kicks here and there.

Sam Ficken, Jets vs. Browns

The former Penn State kicker made most of his opportunities last week in the Jets’ upset win over the Rams. Ficken was a perfect 2-for-2 on extra points and 3-for-3 on field goals, equaling out to 11 fantasy points. It was the second time this season Ficken posted double-digit fantasy totals, with the first happening against the Denver Broncos in Week 4 (18 points).

That being said, I doubt that he will get those opportunities against a Cleveland Browns team that is absolutely rolling and can control the clock with their running game.