Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is the ultimate weekly look at the NFL matchups and how they’ll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system.
Week 2 Start ‘Em: Kickers
Start of the Week
Robbie Gould at Jets
Gould was one of the top-scoring kickers in fantasy leagues a week ago, scoring 10 points in a loss to the Cardinals. I’d keep him active this week as the veteran has a great matchup against the Jets next on the slate. Their defense allowed a combined nine fantasy points to rookie Tyler Bass in his NFL debut, converting on kicks of 22 and 19 yards.
Dan Bailey at Colts
Bailey scored just four fantasy points in Minnesota’s opener and was held without a field-goal attempt in a loss to Green Bay. He should rebound this week, as he’ll face a Colts defense that allowed 8.5 points a game to kickers last season and 11 fantasy points to Josh Lambo in their opener. The DraftKings Sportsbook total for this contest is 47.5, so we should see a good amount of scoring.
Ryan Succop vs. Panthers
Fantasy fans who like to stream kickers should consider adding Succop this week. While he didn’t do much in the opener, the veteran has a great matchup against the Panthers up next. Their defense allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to kickers a season ago, and Daniel Carlson beat them for two field goals and four extra points last week.
- Chris Boswell vs. Broncos
- Younghoe Koo at Cowboys
- Joey Slye at Buccaneers
- Tyler Bass at Dolphins
Week 2 Sit ‘Em: Kickers
Sit of the Week
Ka’imi Fairbairn vs. Ravens
Fairbairn was held to just two points in the season opener, and this week’s matchup against the Ravens makes him a fade for me once again. Baltimore gave up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to kickers a season ago, including a Week 11 contest against the Texans when Fairbairn missed one field goal and scored just one fantasy point.
Jason Myers vs. Patriots (SNF)
Myers produced a decent line last week, scoring eight points on one field goal and five extra points in Atlanta. I’d fade him this week, as Seattle hosts a Patriots team that’s been very tough on kickers. The position averaged the second-fewest points (4.69) against them in 2019, and Jason Sanders had just three points last week.
Jake Elliott vs. 49ers
Elliott is coming off a five-point stinker against the Football Team, and an upcoming matchup against the Niners makes him a fade this week. Their defense gave up the third-fewest fantasy points to kickers (5.3 PPG) last year, so Elliott could struggle for chances. He has also scored seven or fewer fantasy points in six of his last eight games since 2019.
- Mike Badgley vs. Chiefs
- Brandon McManus at Steelers
- Daniel Carlson vs. Saints
- Josh Lambo at Titans
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for the latest news and analysis!
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