Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 2 kickers

Some kickers seem primed for a great week… and some not so much. Check if your kicker should start or sit.


Giorgio Tavecchio led all kickers in week one with 18 points. Who? He was the emergency replacement for the Oakland Raiders. Jack Del Rio signed him up because he was left-footed, like Sebastian Janikowski. This way the Raiders didn’t have to change anything in the kicking game. Two extra points and four field goals later, he looks like a genius. Two of the field goals were 50+ yards, accounting for the added NFL fantasy points. 

Will anyone surprise us this week? Let’s see. 

START THIS GUY: Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland (vs. NY Jets)

Why not? Del Rio will not hesitate to go to him, although against the Jets, he could be asked to kick lots of extra points instead of three-pointers. But I say he gets one long field goal with five extra points as Oakland destroys New York. 

SIT THIS GUY: Robbie Gould, San Francisco (at Seattle)

Opportunity knocks, but not in Seattle. Gould will kick off twice – first, to start the game and after one score. Seattle’s defense is ticked and will keep taking the ball back from San Francisco all game. 

START THIS GUY: Dan Bailey, Dallas (at Denver)

Bailey started this season with a third-best point total in week one. Dallas and Denver will meet in the mile-high atmosphere of Colorado. Bailey will be his usual self and maybe he’ll be allowed to try for a longer than normal field goal through the thin air. 

SIT THIS GUY: Dustin Hopkins, Washington (at LA Rams)

Washington will have a tough go of it against their former offensive coordinator in LA. And since their defense doesn’t score many touchdowns, Hopkins could be in for an easy afternoon. 

START THIS GUY: Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams (vs. Washington)

Washington will certainly put up more of a resistance than Indianapolis did last week when Zuerlein finished as the PK-2. I’m betting that will result in an extra field goal or two in lieu of extra points. 

SIT THIS GUY: Jason Myers, Jacksonville (vs. Tennessee) 

Jacksonville’s defense is for real, but they will find that Tennessee does not panic or turn the ball over as much as Houston. Their run defense will give Leonard Fournette a much greater challenge, limiting Myers’ opportunities in Week 2. 

Too-obvious-to-write-about

Stephen Gostkowski and Wil Lutz in a battle royale, Matt Bryant in a shootout, Blair Walsh in a blowout, and Mason Crosby shooting back at Bryant. 

Week 2 flash-in-the-pan prediction

New York Giants rookie Aldrick Rosas kicks five field goals, including a 50-yarder and a go-ahead 40-yarder late in the fourth quarter. One extra point (on a defensive touchdown) gives him 18 points. 

FULL DISCLOSURE

Apparently, I entered my sit ‘ems where the start ‘ems should have been and vice-versa last week. Only one start ’em squeezed into the top 12 (Walsh) while two of my sit ‘ems did (Bailey (three) and Graham Gano (nine)). Kickers… sheesh! 

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Pat Opperman

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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.

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