Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 9 kickers

Five active kickers have streaks of 12 or more 50-plus yard field goal attempts made… but which ones are good enough to make the start ‘em list this week?

Matt Prater and Harrison Butker went shot-for-shot with five field goals each this weekend, but it was the Chiefs’ ability to score touchdowns that gave the Week 8’s PK-1 ranking to their kicker. Detroit offered no chances for Prater to tack on extra points and that was the difference as his 17 NFL fantasy points came up short of Butker’s 19 points scored Monday night. 

Start those two guys any week. Here are other kickers who might offer your NFL fantasy team plenty of points in Week 9… and a few who will not. 

Start this guy: Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams at NYG 

The Giants’ defense is well-rested coming off their bye and has been tough in the red zone all season. This offers plenty of field goal opportunities to opponents, including an equally well-rested Greg Zuerlein of the Rams. The weather in the northeast is supposed to be better this weekend, so look for Zuerlein to take advantage of a bend-don’t-break effort by the Giants defense. 

Sit this guy: Brandon McManus, DEN at PHI

Denver could have a new quarterback behind center this week. It will either be the young Paxton Lynch who hasn’t practiced most of the year with an injury or the statue-like Brock Osweiler. Either way, it doesn’t have the Eagles’ pass rushers salivating any less. Kicker Brandon McManus might want to bring a book to the game Sunday as he should have plenty of sideline time to himself this week. 

Start this guy: Nick Rose, WAS at SEA

Kirk Cousins is one of those guys who gives you hope by hitting a deep pass against a fierce rush, but then stalls. In friendlier conditions than last week’s rainstorms, rookie Nick Rose gets to show off his deep leg as the Redskins don’t pass up any point chances against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Rose’s first career 50-yarder will help him top double-digits this week. 

Sit this guy: Randy Bullock, CIN at JAC 

The Bengals could barely give Randy Bullock opportunities in a positive matchup against the Colts last week. Jacksonville coming off the bye might not even bother to groom their side of the field as the Bengals will spend most of their time on the Cincinnati side of the 50-yard line. They don’t kick 70-yard field goals too often. Sit Bullock this week. 

Start this guy: Aldrick Rosas, NYG vs LAR 

The Giants have a bye week to adjust their offense to its new reality as a run-first, conservative pass attack. Eli Manning continues to have short bursts, just enough to put the Giants in range for Rosas in what could be a battle of field goal kickers Sunday. Rosas and the Redskins’ Rose give the teams something new to debate about as both emerge as valuable weapons. 

Sit this guy: Phil Dawson, AZ at SF 

Arizona better not be looking past the San Francisco 49ers this week, because San Francisco regards this matchup as a good bet to be their first victory of 2017. The 49ers defense has not been terrible this season. They look forward to shutting down Adrian Peterson and forcing backup quarterback Drew Stanton to throw the ball. We probably won’t see the second consecutive shutout of the Cardinals, but yards could be tough to come by for both teams in a battle of the punters. 

Week 9 flash in the pan prediction

Miami’s defense frustrates Derek Carr’s attempts to get into the end zone, but Giorgio Tavecchio makes touchdowns unimportant as five field goals keep Oakland within striking distance for his last-second extra-point that gives the Raiders a 22-21 win against the Dolphins Sunday night. 

About last week: not terrible

All three start ‘ems made the grade in Week 8, including the top two kickers and #12 Chris Boswell. Two of my sit ‘ems made the top ten, putting me at my 67% average again for the week. 

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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.