Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Kickers for Week 2

Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under-the-radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster will not be featured in this column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start of the week


Justin Tucker vs. Cleveland Browns: Tucker had a nice start to the season, scoring nine fantasy points in a loss to the Denver Broncos. His success should continue against the Browns, who allowed the third-most (tie) fantasy points to kickers in Week 1. Owned in most NFL.com leagues, Tucker needs to be in your starting lineup in this AFC North matchup. (Maximum value: High-K1)

Start 'em


Matt Bryant vs. St. Louis Rams: One of the top kickers in fantasy land over the last few years, Bryant didn't have a great start with five fantasy points in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. Still, that's no reason to bench him in what could be a wild shootout against the Rams this week. If he's on your fantasy team, Bryant needs to be active and projected to succeed. (Maximum value: High-K1)

Randy Bullock vs. Tennessee Titans: A fantasy sleeper on NFL.com, Bullock scored seven points against the San Diego Chargers last week - and it could have been more had he not just missed on a 51-yard field goal. He should see many opportunities to produce in the Texans' home opener against a Titans defense that isn't as good as it looked last week. (Maximum value: Mid-K1)

Sleeper alert - Alex Henery vs. San Diego Chargers: If you stream kickers, consider Henery. A free agent in more than 96 percent of NFL.com leagues, he will be kicking behind a high-octane offense that is going to run a lot of plays under coach Chip Kelly. Henery also has a nice matchup against a Chargers team that gave up 31 points in their opener. (Maximum value: Mid-K1)

Sit of the week


Adam Vinatieri vs. Miami Dolphins: Once considered an elite kicker, Vinatieri is no longer a consistent enough option to warrant a starting role in fantasy land. That was evident in Week 1, as he scored just three points and didn't attempt a single field goal. Next he faces a Dolphins team that allowed just four fantasy points to kickers in Week 1. (Maximum value: High-K2)

Sit 'em


Phil Dawson at Seattle Seahawks: Dawson's value shot through the roof when he signed with the Niners, who have one of the more explosive offensive attacks in the NFL. So while it might be tough to bench him, keep in mind that this week's game against the Seahawks isn't favorable. No team has a bigger home-field advantage than Seattle and their 12th man. (Maximum value: Low-K1)

Rob Bironas at Houston Texans: Bironas had a lot of success in Week 1, nailing three field goals including a 50-plus yarder while scoring 10 fantasy points in a win over the Steelers. With that being said, this week's road matchup against the Texans is a lot less attractive. In fact, Bironas has kicked one or fewer field goals in three of his last four meetings against them. (Maximum value: Mid-K2)

Owners beware -- Dan Bailey at Kansas City Chiefs: Owned in just over 60 percent of NFL.com leagues, Bailey rewarded owners with 12 fantasy points on three field-goal attempts. He's not a lock to post another solid stat line against the Chiefs, though, who have an underrated defense and will be fired up to produce in front of their passionate home fans. (Maximum value: Low-K1)


Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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