Before I look toward Week 3 it is important to observe whether the selection process was effective. Here is a recap of last week’s recommendations. If you need a refresher on what to look for when analyzing kickers, read the Week 2 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming article.
|Name, Team||Stat Line||Week 2 Position Rank|
|1||Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys||FG 1/1 XP 4/4||12|
|2||Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles||FG 2/2 XP 0/0||15|
|3||Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons||FG 1/2 XP 3/3||16|
|4||Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers||FG 2/2 XP 2/2||10|
|5||Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers||FG 4/4 XP 0/0||1|
|6||Austin Seibert, Cleveland Brown||FG 3/3 XP 2/2||3|
Overall, that is a pretty good week — the Cowboys hyper-efficient red-zone offense and the Eagles attempting 2-point conversions certainly did not help. But recommending the No. 1 and No. 3 kickers and four top-12 kickers is pretty damn good.
Looking Ahead – Week 3 Streaming Options
This week, as most weeks, offers us yet another opportunity to stream the kicker position. Here is a look at a few of my favorite options.
All ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.
Shallow Leagues (50% – 65% owned)
1.Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys, 64%
Dallas leads the way with an implied point total of 34.25 points — that is massive. Perhaps you are concerned that Dallas will score too much and Maher may be kicking extra points instead of field goals. Sure, this could happen, but Maher could also hit two FG and a bunch of extra points and crush. You want a kicker on a team scoring points, the Cowboys will do just that against a truly awful Dolphins team.
2.Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles, 59%
The Eagles offense has the third-highest implied points total at 27.5 and faces the Detroit Lions, the fifth-best red-zone defense this year. The NFL Stat Explorer App shows us that the Lions allowed 601 passing yards this season, which is in the bottom ten for the year.
Average Leagues (25% – 50% owned)
3. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons, 29%
Bryant was a great example as to why a previous weeks points total is not reflective of future production at the kicker position. He went from zero to six points, and it actually could have been significantly more. The Falcons play the Colts — not a terrific matchup from a passing perspective as they are a top-10 defense in terms of passing yardage allowed. However, much of that is skewed by last week’s game against the Titans. Look for Atlanta to move the ball and points to be scored.
Deep Leagues (less than 25% owned)
4. Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers, 12%
It is in fact still Slye SZN. Slye had a monster game last week, going 4-for-4, and in leagues with distance bonuses he really crushed. This is largely due to the fact that the Panthers have an above-average passing attack and only a 50% touchdown rate in the red zone. The Cardinals fast pace of play will lead to numerous opportunities for the Panthers and a defense giving up 328.5 passing yards a game will move the Panthers down the field.
*If Cam Newton is sidelined due to injury pick a different kicker
5. Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings, 12%
The Vikings passing offense has left many fantasy owners frustrated — I should know — I have Stefon Diggs in a quarter of my leagues. However, the overall offense is efficient and has been in the red zone five times in two games, and only scoring 60% of the time. The Vikings are a home favorite with the eighth highest implied point total. Bailey has only attempted two field goals on the year, but look for that to change against the Raiders.