Published: Sept. 18, 2019 at 01:41 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 20, 2019 at 10:10 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Kickers


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 Patrick Mahomes and Saquon Barkley will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system. For your final starting lineup decisions, check my weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Robbie Gould vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Gould continues to be a star for fantasy owners, reaching double-digit points in each of his first two contests. He should remain productive in Week 3, when the 49ers host a Steelers defense that's allowed an average of 9.5 fantasy points to opposing kickers this season.

Joey Slye vs. Arizona Cardinals

Listed as a sleeper last week, Slye produced 16 fantasy points in a loss to the Buccaneers. He's now scored 28 combined points through two games, and an upcoming matchup against the Cardinals makes him a nice choice. Arizona has allowed 12 points per game to kickers.

Jake Elliott vs. Detroit Lions

Elliott hasn't been much of a point producer after two weeks, scoring just 13 combined fantasy points. He should rebound in the stat sheets this week, however, as the Eagles host the Lions. After two weeks, only the Buccaneers have allowed more points to opposing kickers.

Brett Maher vs. Miami Dolphins

Maher has been a disappointment in fantasy circles, scoring 12 combined points over his first two weeks. I still like him, however, as a game versus the Dolphins is very favorable. In fact, Miami has allowed 14 extra points and nine fantasy points per game to kickers.

Start 'Em: Zane Gonzalez vs. Carolina Panthers, Mason Crosby vs. Denver Broncos
Sleepers: Jason Myers vs. New Orleans Saints, Matt Gay vs. New York Giants

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Chris Boswell vs. San Francisco 49ers

Boswell is coming off a nine-point effort against the Seahawks, but I don't see him as a reliable fantasy option. In fact, I'd kick him to the waiver wire in an upcoming matchup in San Francisco. Thus far, the Niners have allowed five fantasy points per game to kickers.

Matt Bryant vs. Indianapolis Colts

Bryant has scored eight combined fantasy points in his first two games, and he hasn't looked all that great doing it. I'd keep him benched in a road matchup against the Colts, who have surrendered just one field goal and an average of five fantasy points to kickers.

Ka'imi Fairbairn vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Fairbairn has had a slow start to the 2019 season, scoring just 11 combined fantasy points over his first two games. That trend looks likely to continue in Week 3, as the Texans face a Chargers defense that's surrendered just one field-goal conversion this season.

Eddy Pineiro vs. Washington Redskins

Piniero was the hero of the week for the Bears, as he nailed a game-winning field goal and scored 15 fantasy points against the Broncos. I wouldn't chase the points, though, as the Redskins have surrendered just two field-goal conversions to opposing kickers this season.

Sit 'Em: Dan Bailey vs. Oakland Raiders, Daniel Carlson at Minnesota Vikings
Busts: Adam Vinatieri vs. Atlanta Falcons, Brandon McManus at Green Bay Packers

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on 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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