Published: Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2015 at 01:36 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 17: Kickers


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Graham Gano vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gano has failed to post more than eight fantasy points in four straight games, but this week's matchup against the Buccaneers should help reverse his fortunes. Back in Week 4, the veteran kicker put up an impressive 13 fantasy points against the Bucs. Tampa Bay has also surrendered the third-most fantasy points to the position this season.

Cairo Santos vs. Oakland Raiders

Santos has been unreliable at best in recent weeks, scoring five or fewer fantasy points in three of his last four games. Still, an upcoming matchup against the Raiders is one of the most favorable among kickers this week. Oakland has surrendered an average of 9.47 fantasy points a game to the position, which is second most.

Chris Boswell vs. Cleveland Browns

Boswell (and most of the Steelers) put up a bad stat line in last week's loss to the Ravens, but he's still recorded 10 or more fantasy points six of his last seven games. That includes a Week 10 matchup against his next opponent, the Browns, when he put up 10 points. Boswell should now be considered a top-10 fantasy kicker.

Caleb Sturgis vs. New York Giants

Sturgis isn't someone fantasy fans should start on a regular basis, but he can be a decent streamer when the matchup is favorable. That's the case this week, as he faces a Giants team that's surrendered more fantasy points to kickers than any other in the NFL. Sturgis is still a free agent in most leagues on as well.

Good matchups: Mike Nugent vs. Ravens, Dustin Hopkins at Cowboys, Nick Novak vs. Jaguars

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Justin Tucker vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Aside from his 10-point performance against the Steelers, Tucker has been a serious disappointment for fantasy fans in recent weeks. In fact, he scored seven or fewer points in his three previous games. Things don't look to improve against the Bengals, who have surrendered an average of 6.60 fantasy points a game to kickers.

Dan Bailey vs. Washington Redskins

Bailey, listed as a sit 'em last week, scored just six fantasy points in a loss to the Bills. While he has had his share of good weeks, Bailey has also been tough to trust on a regular starter in most fantasy leagues. And with Kellen Moore under center once again, Bailey isn't likely to see a ton of opportunities this week.

Sebastian Janikowski vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Janikowski has scored a combined 17 fantasy points in his last two games, but he totaled a mere nine in his previous three. That's the tale of his season, as Sea Bass has been tough for fantasy fans to trust. He should be on the bench against the Chiefs, who have surrendered the fewest fantasy points to kickers in 2015.

Adam Vinatieri vs. Tennessee Titans

Vinatieri has struggled to produce in recent weeks, scoring four fantasy points in three of his last four games. That's due in large part to an offense that has been decimated with injuries at the quarterback position. In fact, the team could be left to start Stephen Morris or Josh Freeman in their finale vs. the Titans.

Bad matchups: Steven Hauschka at Cardinals, Jason Myers at Texans, Andrew Franks vs. Patriots

In the latest episode of the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast, the gang weighs in on some Week 17 matchups they like and don't like and talk about some lessons that they have learned during the 2015 fantasy season. Don't forget to subscribe to the show or download each episode HERE!

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. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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