NFL kickers have one job: score points. On average, a kicker adds just under eight to a team’s point total. That’s two extra points and two field goals. It doesn’t seem so much to ask. So when you find one who never misses, on a team that can put the ball on the right side of the field a few times per game, that’s a start ‘em. Here are a few others we are thinking about this week.
Start this guy: Aldrick Rosas, NYG vs SEA
The Giants found a running game, putting Eli Manning back into game-management mode. For years, New York’s kickers were among the leading scorers due to their conservative red zone play. Rosas had four field goal chances this week. With less-than-reliable red zone receivers, that will continue for the foreseeable future. When it comes to the Giants kicker, I say start ‘em.
Sit this guy: Cody Parkey, MIA vs NYJ
Opportunity is the name of the game and until Jay Cutler can put a full game together, opportunities are few and far between for Miami’s kicker. The Jets defense will harass Cutler enough to keep Parkey out of field goal territory in a breezy Hard Rock Stadium.
Start this guy: Greg Zuerlein, LAR vs ARI
The Rams are putting a lot of points on the board this season largely because they don’t hesitate to trot their kicker onto the field. After facing Seattle and Jacksonville the past two weeks, Jared Goff and the Rams offense will have an easier time of things against the Cardinals. Look for Zuerlein to contribute to another 30-point offensive day.
Sit this guy: Patrick Murray, TB at BUF
Do you think Tampa Bay is kicker-phobic? Why else would the Buccaneers try four two-point conversions with a perfectly capable kicker sitting on their bench? They only converted one, which would have made the difference between needing a sixth touchdown or a simple field goal to win had they recovered their last-minute onside kick. Murray was allowed to kick one extra point and was not given a chance to make a field goal. Playing in a northern New York Autumn, will they even let him kick off this week?
Start this guy: Matt Bryant, ATL at NE
The Falcons will try to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense this week. Matt Ryan could have a breakout game, but Atlanta won’t take many chances nor will they pass up a field goal opportunity. Bryant is an all-weather kicker and should put points on the board in New England.
Sit this guy: Justin Tucker, BAL vs MIN
Justin Tucker got off to a slow start thanks to Baltimore’s inept offense. He rebounded these past two weeks, but Minnesota’s defense will set back the Ravens’ offense and keep Tucker on the bench for most of the game.
Week 7 flash in the pan prediction:
Brett Hundley plays better than expected against New Orleans, but Green Bay stalls on enough drives to let Mason Crosby kick five field goals and keep the Packers within striking distance of the Saints. His 50-yarder at the half and two extra points gives him Week 7’s best NFL fantasy kicker score of 18 points.
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