Before I look at Week 9, it is important to see 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 4 Position Rank|
|1||Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings||FG 4/4 XP 1/1||
|2||Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers||FG 2/3 XP 3/3||
T – 4
|3||Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts||FG 3/4 XP 0/1||
T – 4
|4||Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons||FG 2/4 XP 0/0||
T – 19
A great week could and should have been much better. Bryant, Boswell, and Vinatieri missing kicks had me tilting. However, the dust has settled and we’ve declared Week 8 a win with three of the four kickers in the top five. The process does not always work out like this, but when it does, you better believe I am taking a victory lap.
Now let’s look to Week 9.
Week 9 Streaming Options
All ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! leagues, and only kickers rostered in less than 50% of leagues are eligible.
1. Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys, 27%
The one wonderful thing about Bye Weeks is that it creates opportunities to pick up some good kickers. Maher is by far my favorite option this week because most good process play kickers are highly owned. The Cowboys have the week’s second-highest implied points total at 27.5 against the Giants. The Giants also are in the bottom quarter of total passing yards allowed and bottom third in rushing yards allowed. Maher will be kicking plenty. Again, the question will be: are they field goals or extra points?
2. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles, 40%
The Eagles are home favorites with a 24.25 implied point total. While this is not as high as I would like, it is the eighth highest for the week. And while the Bears are a tough matchup, they have been giving up passing yards lately, as the RotoViz NFL Stat Explorer App shows here. The Eagles should be able to move the ball enough to great opportunities for Elliott to produce.
3. Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo Bills, 4%
Only five teams allow more field goals than the Washington football team, creating a nice situation for Hauschka. Furthermore, the weather is expected to be fine in upper New York so the elements should not scare you off. My fear for this matchup is that it has the lowest Over/Under total on the week. This is primarily because Washington’s implied points total is the lowest on the week at 13.5. But, the Bills are favored at home in a good matchup, so the opportunities for four or five scores are definitely there. Let’s hope again for three-pointers.
4. Mike Nugent, New England Patriots, 39%
It sure feels like Nugent and Elliott are on this list every other week. Much of that is because they are on good offenses and they are under-owned. This week the Patriots are 3.5-point favorites in Baltimore. While most of us think of the Ravens as an elite defense, their pass defense ranks No. 26 in the NFL, and Tom Brady should have no problem moving the ball through the air. He has fared very well in positive matchups. The Patriots may have a tougher challenge this week than most, but I expect that to result in a favorable performance for Mr. Nugent.