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Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 16: Who to start, sit at kicker in fantasy football

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If you're still alive in your fantasy football playoffs, then deciding who to start at kicker matters way more than it should to you. If you're the type that overthinks such decisions, we're here to pile more on your plate with our Week 16 fantasy kicker rankings. 

Here's some good news: There are seven indoor games this week (Colts-Cardinals, Lions-Falcons, Rams-Vikings, Chargers-Texans, Broncos-Raiders, Washington-Cowboys, and Dolphins-Saints). If you want to make your life a little easier and not have to worry about reading weather reports all weekend, then just grab a guy on one of these teams. Brandon McManus (@ Raiders), Younghoe Koo (vs. Lions), Brett Maher (vs. Dolphins), and Brian Johnson (@ Cowboys) have great matchups and are owned in fewer than 50 percent of leagues, so those are your best sleepers. Matt Gay (@ Vikings) is the best combination of production, matchup, and safety, but you can never go wrong with Daniel Carlson (vs. Broncos), Greg Zuerlein (vs. Washington), or Dustin Hopkins (@ Texans).


Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

Matt Prater (vs. Colts) is a tough one because he's normally reliable, but he's facing the toughest defense against fantasy kickers. That doesn't worry us too much because we know any kicker -- especially one on a good offense -- can produce in any game -- but we just wanted to make you aware. 


Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

If you like to play the matchups, then get to know these widely available options with favorable opponents: Jake Elliott (vs. Giants), Jason Myers (vs. Bears), Eddy Pineiro (vs. Jaguars), and Jason Sanders (@ Saints). Elliott is the only one who's consistently produced this season, so as long as the weather is decent in Jersey, Elliott is a solid play. 

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Ultimately, matchups only matter so much for kickers, so don't go overboard. If your kicker has been working for you, then you might as well roll with them. Of course, all of the COVID issues can affect kickers even if they're active. If an offense is significantly weakened because it's down to its third-string QB or without multiple weapons, then it's reasonable to expect fewer scoring chances. You have a lot more important lineup issues to worry about, but don't make this position a complete afterthought.

WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo

Note: We'll update these kicker rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.

Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 16: Who to start, sit in fantasy football

UPDATE: Butker was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Monday. He could still play in Week 16.

Rank Player
1 Harrison Butker, KC vs. PIT
2 Matt Gay, LAR @ MIN
3 Justin Tucker, BAL @ CIN
4 Jake Elliott, PHI vs. NYG
5 Greg Joseph, MIN vs. LAR
6 Brandon McManus, DEN @ LV
7 Greg Zuerlein, DAL vs. WAS
8 Ryan Succop, TB @ CAR
9 Daniel Carlson, LV vs. DEN
10 Nick Folk, NE vs. BUF
11 Matt Prater, ARI vs. IND
12 Younghoe Koo, ATL vs. DET
13 Brett Maher, NO vs. MIA
14 Dustin Hopkins, LAC @ HOU
15 Tyler Bass, BUF @ NE
16 Graham Gano, NYG @ PHI
17 Randy Bullock, TEN vs. SF
18 Jason Sanders, MIA @ NO
19 Jason Myers, SEA vs. CHI
20 Chris Boswell, PIT @ KC
21 Eddy Pineiro, NYJ vs. JAX
22 Brian Johnson, WAS @ DAL
23 Evan McPherson, CIN vs. BAL
24 Michael Badgley, IND @ ARI
25 Cairo Santos, CHI @ SEA
26 Mason Crosby, GB vs. CLE
27 Robbie Gould, SF @ TEN
28 Matthew Wright, JAX @ NYJ
29 Riley Patterson, DET @ ATL
30 Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU vs. LAC
31 Chase McLaughlin, CLE @ GB
32 Lirim Hajrullahu, CAR vs. TB

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