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Week 5 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming

The Process

Before I look to Week 4 it is important to observe if 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 4 Position Rank
1

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

FG 1/2 XP 3/3 T-14
2

Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks 

FG 2/2 XP 3/3 T-10
3

Ty Long, LA Chargers

FG 3/3 XP 3/3 T-3
4

Aldrick Rosas, NY Giants

FG 1/1 XP 3/3 T-14

Well the process seemed to work out as each kicker had between four and six kicks in the week. Even Rosas, who had done almost nothing to date, had an above average week.  

Looking Ahead

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. This week does not have as many great streaming plays as the highly owned Ks have the most fantastic matchups. However, as always, there are some gems waiting to be discovered.

Week 5 Streaming Options

All ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.

Favorite Options

1. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles, 48%

The Eagles are ranked third this week with a 29.25 implied point total. Furthermore, the New York Jets are a simply lovely matchup for quarterbacks to move the ball.

The Eagles are sixth in the NFL in red zone scoring attempts with an average of 4.0 per game. Elliott himself is also an accurate kicker, he is 14-for-14 on all kicks this season.

2. Randy Bullock, Cincinnati Bengals, 1%

Told you it was a rough streaming week! I know, I watched the spectacle that was Monday Night Football, but Bullock was the lone scorer. This week’s matchup is a pretty tasty one against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have the 10th worst pass defense in the league, and the second worth overall. They also allow the fourth most opponent plays per game, even if the Bengals are not super efficient, they will have plenty of chances. 

3. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals, 29%

The only thing better than picking a player from the Bengals game is having both kickers on the list! In honesty, it’s a good play this week. The Cardinals are middle of the pack with a 22 point implied total. However, a large reason for this is their inefficiency in the red zone. They are third worst, scoring a touchdown only 35.71% time. This leads to many manageable field goal situations.

Roster Construction

4.Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers, 31%

It is surprising that Gould is owned in 31% of leagues coming off a bye, this likely means that people held two kickers last week or picked him up off waivers. So, before I tell you why to use him this week, let me digress and say never carry two kickers and never use a waiver claim or FAAB on kickers. There are too many free weekly options and it is suboptimal roster construction. 

Ok, back to it. The 49ers face off against the Cleveland Browns for the weeks fourth highest Over/Under and the 49ers have a 25.75 implied total, which is seventh. Vegas thinks this will be a higher scoring, close game in favor of the home team, all these narratives promote the idea of multiple field goal opportunities. The only reason Gould is not ranked higher is that Cleveland has allowed an astonishingly high rate of touchdown scoring in the red zone at 70%. My fear is Gould is kicking extra points.

Image Credit: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Jake Elliott.

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