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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 17: Kickers

Start 'Em & Sit 'Emis the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your**fantasy football**_team. _**Fantasy**superstars such asLe'Veon BellandDeAndre Hopkinswill not be featured. NFL researcher**Careen Falcone**and former #2 FF World Player Rank and NFFC Platinum and Ultimate Champion**Derek Pierson**have contributed to the column. For your final lineup decisions, check our**lineup rankings**.


Indianapolis Colts IND

Start of the Week

Vinatieri hasn't been the most consistent kicker in **fantasy football** this season, but he can be useful when the matchup is favorable. That's the case this week, as the **Colts** battle a **Texans** defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to kickers on the road. The future Hall of Famer is a free agent in most leagues.

Detroit Lions DET

Prater has been on a slide in recent weeks, scoring eight or fewer fantasy points in each of his last four games. I like him to rebound at home this week, however, as the **Packers** have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to kickers. Back in Week 9, Prater beat Green Bay for an impressive 12 fantasy points at Lambeau Field.

Start 'Em:**Justin Tucker** vs. **Bengals****Dustin Hopkins** at Giants
Sleepers:**Josh Lambo** at **Titans****Nick Rose** vs. Raiders


Minnesota Vikings MIN

Sit of the Week

Bailey, one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL, has been anything but since his return from an injured groin. While he did score 16 fantasy points a week ago, the veteran missed on two conversions in a loss to the **Seahawks**. Next up is a date with the **Eagles**, who have allowed an average of 5.8 fantasy points to kickers at home.

Green Bay Packers GB

Once one of the top kickers in **fantasy football**, Crosby has been his numbers (and value) take a dive this season. He's failed to score double digits in all but one game this season, and questions about the **Packers** offense with **Brett Hundley** at the helm have continued. Crosby is an obvious fade in a meaningless contest at Ford Field.

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**. Do you want the most up-to-date**fantasy football**news, updates and analysis? Follow Michael on both Twitter**@MichaelFabiano**or**Facebook**!