Justin Tucker and Daniel Carlson are back from their byes, and they immediately slide into the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in our Week 9 fantasy kicker rankings. Not only are they arguably the best two kickers in the NFL, but they also have favorable matchups. Even with that said, don’t be upset if you dropped either last week — there are plenty of other solid starting options.
Randy Bullock (@ Rams) has been a consistent scorer and has a statically good matchup in a stadium that has a roof this week. Note that we didn’t say a “dome,” as SoFi Stadium is technically open air but is still at least partially shielded from the elements. Bullock is also widely available in many leagues. Greg Joseph (@ Ravens) is also one of the season’s top scorers and widely available, and while his matchup isn’t quite as good on paper, we’re not too worried given the unpredictability of scoring chances for kickers.
We also like Graham Gano (vs. Raiders) to continue his solid production. Heading into Week 7 Gano was tied for the league lead in field goals from 50-plus yards (5), so that’s been part of his solid showing, but he had also missed just two of his league-high 17 attempts. At some point, that figures to regress, but New York will also likely start giving him more PAT attempts, so it could even out somewhat.
Dustin Hopkins has also been a high scorer this year, which is why it was bit surprising when Washington cut him a few weeks ago. He’s caught on with the Chargers, a team that should provide him with ample scoring chances. He was tied for the league lead in fields from 40-49 yards (6) despite missing a game, so he could start seeing more long-range connections soon.
Fortunately, only one of the four kickers on bye, Ryan Succop, was likely in fantasy lineups, so if you need a replacement for him, there are plenty of options. Matchup-wise, Michael Badgley (vs. Jets), Jason Sanders (vs. Texans), and Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ Dolphins) have the best on the board, but none are particularly reliable, both in terms of opportunities or efficiency. Badgley is at least kicking indoors, though, so that’s another reason to take a shot on him.
Note: We’ll update these kicker rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.
Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit in fantasy football
|1||Justin Tucker, BAL vs. MIN|
|2||Daniel Carlson, LV @ NYG|
|3||Tyler Bass, BUF @ JAX|
|4||Matt Gay, LAR vs. TEN|
|5||Nick Folk, NE @ CAR|
|6||Matt Prater, ARI @ SF|
|7||Greg Zuerlein, DAL vs. DEN|
|8||Randy Bullock, TEN @ LAR|
|9||Graham Gano, NYG vs. LV|
|10||Younghoe Koo, ATL @ NO|
|11||Greg Joseph, MIN @ BAL|
|12||Mason Crosby, GB @ KC|
|13||Michael Badgley, IND vs. NYJ|
|14||Jake Elliott, PHI vs. LAC|
|15||Brandon McManus, DEN @ DAL|
|16||Jason Sanders, MIA vs. HOU|
|17||Dustin Hopkins, LAC @ PHI|
|18||Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU @ MIA|
|19||Robbie Gould, SF vs. ARI|
|20||Harrison Butker, KC vs. GB|
|21||Josh Lambo, PIT vs. CHI|
|22||Cairo Santos, CHI @ PIT|
|23||Chase McLaughlin, CLE @ CIN|
|24||Evan McPherson, CIN vs. CLE|
|25||Brian Johnson, NO vs. ATL|
|26||Zane Gonzalez, CAR vs. NE|
|27||Matthew Wright, JAX vs. BUF|
|28||Matt Ammendola, NYJ @ IND|