It’s the dreaded six-team bye, as the Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Steelers, and Vikings are taking their scheduled PTO. That means highly owned (and ranked) Tyler Bass and Greg Zuerlein are off, as well as one of fantasy football’s top kickers this year, Greg Joseph. This will sends scores of owners to the free agent (not waiver) wire to find a fill-in, but you shouldn’t make a pickup until you consult our Week 7 fantasy kicker rankings.
Or maybe you should. Whatever. It doesn’t really matter. We’re talking about kicker, after all. It’s likely most of you didn’t even realize Joseph was one of the top players at the position, so it’s safe to assume we put more thought into this than you do. (Don’t feel bad — it is our job.)
As always, we factor in fantasy points against and other statistics when putting our rankings together, but we also know those numbers only mean so much for this position. Of course, if a defense has “held down” kickers through six weeks, they must be doing something right (or wrong in the case of the Chiefs, who are allowing so many touchdowns that kickers aren’t actually scoring a ton of points against them). When it comes to matchups like Randy Bullock against Kansas City, we still think the weaker the defense, the more likely it is the kicker has scoring chances, so we elevate that kicker. Of course, Bullock could do little more than run out for a bunch of PATs and kickoffs, so you have to hope the Chiefs show up in the red zone once or twice.
Similarly, we’re banking on Harrison Butker (@ Titans) to get going soon. His offense is too good to not afford him more scoring chances — and we know Kansas City will be able to pass all over the Titans. Butker hasn’t had a big game yet, but we’re confident it’s coming soon.
Other than players like that, it’s mostly the guys you’d expect in the top spots. Jake Elliott (@ Raiders) gets a big bump up in a favorable matchups that’s indoors. Mason Crosby (vs. Washington) is in a similar matchup but outdoors. Either way, expect several field-goal chances. Let’s just hope he can make them.
In addition to Elliott, Matt Gay (vs. Lions), Matt Prater (vs. Texans), and Daniel Carlson (vs. Eagles) are top-12 kickers playing indoors. There aren’t many this week, and with conditions inevitably about to become more unpredictable, it’s always nice to have a guy who doesn’t require Sunday morning weather check-ins.
Note: We’ll update these kicker rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.
Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 7: Who to start, sit in fantasy football
|1||Justin Tucker, BAL vs. CIN|
|2||Matt Gay, LAR vs. DET|
|3||Matt Prater, ARI vs. HOU|
|4||Ryan Succop, TB vs. CHI|
|5||Nick Folk, NE vs. NYJ|
|6||Mason Crosby, GB vs. WAS|
|7||Harrison Butker, KC @ TEN|
|8||Younghoe Koo, ATL @ MIA|
|9||Randy Bullock, TEN vs. KC|
|10||Jake Elliott, PHI @ LV|
|11||Zane Gonzalez, CAR @ NYG|
|12||Daniel Carlson, LV vs. PHI|
|13||Dustin Hopkins, WAS @ GB|
|14||Chase McLaughlin, CLE vs. DEN|
|15||Brandon McManus, DEN @ CLE|
|16||Brian Johnson, NO @ SEA|
|17||Graham Gano, NYG vs. CAR|
|18||Jason Sanders, MIA vs. ATL|
|19||Michael Badgley, IND @ SF|
|20||Evan McPherson, CIN @ BAL|
|21||Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU @ ARI|
|22||Cairo Santos, CHI @ TB|
|23||Matt Ammendola, NYJ @ NE|
|24||Jason Myers, SEA vs. NO|
|25||Joey Slye, SF vs. IND|
|26||Austin Seibert, DET @ LAR|