Kickers are one of those necessary evils in fantasy football. But at least you can play fairly fast and loose with them, streaming players in and out each week to get the right matchup. Here are three names to you should consider this week, and three to skip.
Kickers to Start
Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Vikings should move the ball well enough in this one to give Bailey plenty of chances to put it through the uprights. Indianapolis gave up two field goals to the Jags last week, and Jacksonville’s kicker, Josh Lambo, added another three extra points to his kicking totals.
Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets
Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys
This one could turn into a high-scoring affair—the point total is set at 50—giving the Falcons kicker ample chances to boot it through the uprights. Dallas gave up eight points to the Rams kicker last week.
Kickers to Sit
Stephen Gostkowski, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
This one should be obvious after last week’s parade of missed extra points, but sometimes the brand name might fool you. Wait until he gets over the yips, if he does, before using Gostkowski.
Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
McManus turned in a dismal two-point effort last week against the Titans, and the Steelers could be a much tougher matchup for him. He’s back home against the Buccaneers next week, and should be a better play then.
Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
So, yeah, you can skip both kickers in this game. The Titans held the afore mentioned McManus, usually one of the game’s better kickers, to just two points last week, and there’s a good chance the Jaguars will be in a position where they have to go for touchdowns and two-point conversions.