Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 3 kickers

Kickers are weird folks. But they still score NFL fantasy points, so you should check out who to start or sit.​


Seven kickers managed to accumulate double-digit NFL fantasy scores in Week 2. Will any of them repeat the feat? Or will a new slew of kickers occupy the leaderboard? Here’s what we think about a few. 

Start This Guy: Matt Bryant, Atlanta (at Detroit) 

Matt Bryant is always a good start. Matt Bryant in a shootout in a dome is a great start. Bryant hit two 50+ yard field goals in Atlanta’s new stadium last week. Look for a similar effort this week. 

Sit This Guy: Randy Bullock, Cincinnati (vs Green Bay) 

The Bengals had a near-mutiny on their hands after Week 2, which resulted in a fired offensive coordinator, a quick vote of confidence for the starting quarterback, and a demand for the ball from the team’s biggest offensive playmaker. But it didn’t buy them a new offensive line, so they might have trouble scoring. They also might do silly desperation things to recover Bengal pride, like eschew a field goal to go for it on fourth-and-goal. 

Start This Guy: Nick Folk, Tampa Bay (at Minnesota) 

Tampa Bay is up against a tough defense this week who know they might have to keep the score down to give their backup quarterback a chance to win the game for them. I see less extra points and more field goals in Folk’s Week 3 stat line. 

Sit This Guy: Cody Parkey, Miami (at NY Jets) 

Parkey faces the opposite problem from Folk. Miami will score touchdowns against the Jets’ defense. Sadly, extra points won’t count for as much as the four field goals that made Parkey the PK-1 in Week 2. 

Start This Guy: Robbie Gould, San Francisco (vs LA Rams)

Motivated by the first nationally televised game of the Kyle Shanahan era, the Niners will score five field goals and a touchdown, making Gould the PK-1 for Week 3. 

Sit This Guy: Jason Myers, Jacksonville (vs Baltimore) 

This could be a shutout. Of course, there is always a chance coach Doug Marrone will let Myers go for a 50-yard field goal to avoid the shutout, but this will still not be another week where we see Myers listed among the top-ten fantasy kickers. 

Week 3 flash-in-the-pan prediction 

In a tough game against the Kansas City defense, the Chargers keep settling for field goals. The much-maligned Younghoe Koo hits all six attempts in a boring 18-17 LA Charger victory. 

Full disclosure from Week 2

Week 2 was not my best kicker prognostication effort. I hit two of my six predictions as my starters finished as the PK 8, 18, and 19 and my sit recommendations finished as numbers 10, 11, and 27. 

Check in next week to see if I did any better in Week 3. Also, be sure to send any NFL fantasy questions you might have to [email protected] so we can answer them in our mailbag feature every Wednesday.

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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.

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