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 Christian McCaffrey 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 of the Week
Gonzalez has emerged into one of the top kickers in fantasy land, and a matchup against the Buccaneers makes him a virtual must start. Tampa has given up 23 field-goal attempts, 18 conversions and an average of 10.5 fantasy points per game to enemy kickers in 2019.
Lutz, who is coming off a bye week, could be on the waiver wire in some leagues ahead of a great matchup against the Falcons. Their defense has given up 28 extra points and the third-most fantasy points to kickers, so Lutz is in a great spot to find success this weekend.
Gay has scored 22 combined fantasy points over his last two games, and this week's matchup against the Cardinals makes him a solid option. Their defense has allowed more than eight points per game to enemy kickers, so Gay should produce a healthy stat line.
Slye has been in a bit of a rut, scoring a combined 10 fantasy points in his last two games. I like him to get back in the good graces of owners this week, however, as the Packers have allowed the fifth-most field-goal attempts to enemy kickers this season. Start Slye this week.
Sit of the Week
Prater is coming off one of his worst stat lines of the season with six fantasy points in a loss to the Raiders. I'd beware the veteran this week too, as the Bears have allowed just 5.5 fantasy points to enemy booters. If you stream kickers, Prater is a fade this weekend.
Myers was a popular streamer last week based on the matchup, but he's a fade for me this week when the Seahawks head to San Francisco. The Niners have allowed just seven field goals and an average of 3.7 fantasy points per game to enemy kickers this season.
Bailey is playing in a revenge game against the Cowboys (if those exist for kickers), but I'm still fading him this week. That's based on the fact that Dallas has surrendered just 6.3 fantasy points per game to enemy kickers at the Jerry Dome this season. Find an alternative.
Listed as a sleeper last week, Seibert tied a season high with 13 points in a loss to the Broncos. He has a much tougher matchup this week, though, as the Bills have allowed an average of 3.6 fantasy points a game to kickers. That's second-fewest in the NFL.
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