Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Kickers for Week 13

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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 Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start of the week


Robbie Gould at Minnesota Vikings: Gould has alternated good and bad stat lines for fantasy owners since Week 9. If this odd trend continues, he'll put up nice totals against the Vikings. This is a good matchup too, as Minnesota has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points (9.2 PPG) to opposing kickers this season.(Maximum value: High K1)

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Start 'em


Adam Vinatieri vs. Tennessee Titans: The last time Vinatieri went up against the Titans, he scored an impressive 14 fantasy points. Couple that with the fact that Tennessee has given up the third-most fantasy points (10.2 PPG) to kickers over the last four weeks, and it's easy to see why the old veteran makes for a very nice fantasy option. (Maximum value: High K1)

Blair Walsh vs. Chicago Bears: Walsh was unreliable earlier in the season, but he's heating up with a combined 32 fantasy points in his last three games. Owners should add him this week: The Bears coughed up 12 fantasy points to Walsh in Week 2. The talented kicker is a free agent in over 25 percent of NFL.com leagues. (Maximum value: Mid K1)

Sleeper alert - Nick Folk vs. Miami Dolphins: Folk has scored five combined fantasy points in his last two games, but that's what makes him a potential sleeper this week. The Dolphins have been quite a nice opponent for kickers lately, surrendering 10.0 fantasy points per game to the position over the last four weeks. (Maximum value: Mid K1)

Sit of the week


Greg Zuerlein at San Francisco 49ers: Zuerlein is coming off an impressive 10-point performance in a win over the Bears, but fantasy owners shouldn't go out and chase those points. He'll struggle to have a repeat performance against the Niners, who have surrendered the fourth-fewest fantasy points (5.8 PPG) to kickers at home this season. (Maximum value: Mid K2)

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Sit 'em


Alex Henery vs. Arizona Cardinals: Henery had been hot earlier in the season, but he's cooled off to the tune of a combined 26 fantasy points over his last five games. He's not likely to turn up the fantasy heat against the Cardinals, either. Their defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points (3.7 PPG) to kickers since Week 9. (Maximum value: Mid K2)

Matt Bryant at Buffalo Bills (Toronto): Atlanta's offense has struggled mightily in recent weeks, so it's no surprise that Bryant's numbers are down as well. In fact, he hasn't recorded double-digit fantasy points in a single game since Week 4. Bryant has also averaged fewer than seven fantasy points over his last four contests. (Maximum value: Mid K2)

Owners beware - Garrett Hartley at Seattle Seahawks: Hartley appears to have rebounded from some midseason struggles, but he's still not a must-start kicker, regardless of the opponent. This week he goes up against the Seahawks, who have surrendered fewer than six fantasy points per game to kickers on their home field. (Maximum value: Mid 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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