Published: Sept. 12, 2018 at 09:52 a.m.
Updated: Sept. 14, 2018 at 10:58 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2: Kickers

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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown will not be featured. All player matchups are based on PPR scoring system. NFL researchers Matt Frederick and Michael Florio have contributed to the column. For your final starting lineup decisions, check our weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

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Start of the Week - Robbie Gould vs. Detroit Lions

Gould has been one of the best kickers in fantasy football (dating back to last season) since Jimmy Garoppolo took over the offense. He showed it again in Week 1, scoring 10 fantasy points in a loss to the Vikings. I'd fire him up against the Lions, who allowed 12 fantasy points to New York's Jason Myers last Monday night.

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Chris Boswell vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Boswell went from a start 'em to a fade last week due to the weather in Cleveland, which was part of the reason he was held to three fantasy points. I'd get him back into your starting lineup this week, however, as the Chiefs visit Heinz Field in what could be a high-scoring affair. Look for Boswell to bounce back at home this weekend.

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Brandon McManus vs. Oakland Raiders

McManus exceeded expectations last week against the Seahawks, scoring 13 fantasy points on his home field. He will be back in the Mile High air again this week, and a matchup against the Raiders is very favorable. In fact, their defense surrendered 17 fantasy points to Greg Zuerlein during their season opener. Add and start McManus.

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Dustin Hopkins vs. Indianapolis Colts

Hopkins started the season with a six-point stinker in a win over the Cardinals, but I like him to rebound in an upcoming matchup versus Indianapolis. Their defense surrendered 10 fantasy points to Randy Bullock in their season opener, and the Colts allowed an average of nine points to home kickers last year. Grab Hopkins off the wire.

Start 'Em: Wil Lutz vs. Cleveland Browns, Caleb Sturgis at Buffalo Bills
Sleepers: Cody Parkey vs. Seattle Seahawks (Mon.), Daniel Carlson at Green Bay Packers

Sit' Em

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Sit of the Week - Harrison Butker vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Butker opened the season with a respectable eight fantasy points in a win over the Chargers, but I'd beware the Chiefs kicker in a matchup against the Steelers. Their defense allowed just three fantasy points to Cleveland's Zane Gonzalez last week, and opposing road kickers averaged just 5.38 points per game at Heinz Field in 2018.

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Matt Prater vs. San Francisco 49ers

Prater didn't live up to the expectations of fantasy owners last week, scoring just five fantasy points in a blowout loss to the Jets. Next up is a road date with the 49ers, who allowed just over seven fantasy points per game to kickers on their home field a season ago. The big-legged Prater is a fantasy fade for me in this NFC contest.

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Graham Gano vs. Atlanta Falcons

Gano was held to just four fantasy points in last week's opener against the Cowboys, and his chances of a big stat line in Atlanta aren't great. Their defense limited Philadelphia's Jake Elliott to just four points last Thursday, and the position averaged six fantasy points on the Falcons' home field last season. Don't go with Gano this week.

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Sebastian Janikowski vs. Chicago Bears

Listed as a sit 'em last week, Janikowski scored just six fantasy points in a loss to the Broncos. I'd keep Sea Bass on the sidelines once again, as the Seahawks face a Bears defense that held Mason Crosby to just six points a week ago. Chicago has some of the league's best defensive talent, so Janikowski will struggle.

Sit 'Em: Ryan Succop vs. Houston Texans, Steven Hauschka vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Busts: Chandler Catanzaro vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Aldrick Rosas at Dallas Cowboys


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. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!

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