Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10 place kickers

Kickers only needed eight points to make the Week 9 top ten scoring list. It’s a low bar, but we’re still sitting and starting these guys.

Only six kickers provided double-digit points for their teams this week, including Josh Lambo in his return to action with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brandon McManus and Greg Zuerlein led the way with 15 NFL fantasy points each. So, who will sit or start in Week 10? These guys: 

Start this guy: Brandon McManus, DEN vs NE 

Denver can ill-afford to pass up even the remotest scoring opportunity against the Patriots in Week 10. That could mean a few more 50-plus yard field goals for one of the biggest legs in the game, especially in the rarified air of Denver. McManus becomes a must-start in that situation. 

Sit this guy: Phil Dawson, AZ vs SEA

It’s a game of opportunity and opportunity won’t be there too often for Arizona in this game. The tired Adrian Peterson will reprise his second performance for the Cardinals and Drew Stanton won’t be able to do much against the Seattle defense. Dawson won’t get close enough to kick much in this one. 

Start this guy: Greg Zuerlein, LAR vs HOU 

We could see the same two kickers on top of the scoring list in Week 10. The Rams are on fire offensively. Eventually, they will slow down and let Zuerlein add some field goals to his five or six extra points.

Sit this guy: Adam Vinatieri, IND at PIT

The Steelers will show no mercy to Indianapolis, completely shutting down their offense in a near shutout. Adam Vinatieri will not get trotted out too often this week. 

Start this guy: Matt Bryant, ATL vs DAL

Atlanta will move the ball against Dallas, but they are having trouble finishing drives. They will need to take points any way they can and will not pass up any field goal opportunity. Bryant kicked a 50-yarder last week. He could see another this week in an offensive game.

Sit this guy: Aldrick Rosas, NYG at SF

Rosas is having some rookie inconsistencies so far this season. He missed a 40-yarder that could have pulled the Giants within two scores before the half last week. The Giants are not giving him a lot of field goal or extra point chances, so he can’t afford to miss the ones he gets. He is not a reliable option going forward.

Week 10 flash in the pan prediction

Blair Walsh bounces back from last week’s three field goal misses and overall shutout with four three-pointers and three extra points in Seattle’s victory over the Cardinals

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Pat Opperman


Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.