Welcome to Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Kickers for Week 14 of the NFL season. Our kicker edition features the highest-scoring fantasy option at his position presented with a devastating matchup.
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Kickers: Start ‘Em
Start of the Week: Jake Elliott vs. NYG
Elliott is fresh off his first double-digit scoring outing since Week 9, after hitting two field goals of 40+ yards. Prior to last week, he had recorded just four such kicks all season. The Giants have allowed an average of 10.16 fantasy points to opposing kickers over their last six games, along with five field goals of 40+ yards.
Sam Ficken vs. MIA
Kickers have done absurdly well in recent weeks against the Miami Dolphins. Since Week 6, only one opposing kicker has failed to score at least 11 fantasy points against the ‘Phins. Ficken has scored 10+ fantasy points in three of his last five games.
Younghoe Koo vs. CAR
We’ll keep this simple and sweet. Carolina has allowed 11+ fantasy points to kickers in three consecutive weeks. Koo has averaged 11.25 fantasy points since becoming the Falcons kicker. Play Koo this Sunday.
Chris Boswell at ARI
As absurd as this may sound, behind Benny Snell, and maybe James Washington, Chris Boswell has been arguably the Steelers’ most lethal offensive weapon of late. Since Week 2, the Steelers kicker ranks as the sixth-highest scoring fantasy player at his position with nearly nine points per game. Over the Cardinals’ last three games, they’ve surrendered an average of 10.33 fantasy points to kickers.
Sleeper: Chase McLaughlin vs. TB
Adam Vinatieri has been ruled out for Week 14 with an injury. To replace the future Hall of Famer Indianapolis claimed former Chargers and 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin. The rookie has averaged 11 fantasy points over his last three games. No team allows more fantasy points to opposing kickers this season than the Buccaneers, the only team to surrender double-digit points on a per game average.
Kickers: Sit ‘Em
Sit of the Week: Brett Maher at CHI
Boy, has Maher been struck with horrendous matchups of late. The Dallas kicker was a Sit ‘Em for us a week ago, and he proved us correct, going out and producing a single fantasy point. Things are not likely to go much better for Maher this Thursday. The Bears have held opposing kickers below double-digit fantasy points in all but two games this season.
Zane Gonzalez vs. PIT
Gonzalez had been a go-to option at the position for the majority of 2019, however, a one-point outing a week ago will cause concern in fantasy circles, and rightfully so. Pittsburgh has held their last seven opposing kickers to an insanely low average of just 4.14 fantasy points. Steer clear of Gonzalez against the Steelers.
Buyers Beware: Harrison Butker at NE
You wouldn’t dare sit Butker, the highest-scoring fantasy player at his position, especially in the fantasy playoffs, would you? While normally I would file this under overthinking, a matchup against the Patriots presents valid reasoning behind that thought process. The Pats allow fewer than four points per game to kickers this season. While only one opposing player at the position has scored more than eight points against them this year.
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