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NFL Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 12: Kickers

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Rodrigo Blankenship
Indianapolis Colts · K
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2020 · 7-3-0

My favorite player in the NFL. Even before he kicked the winner against the Packers on Sunday afternoon. He finished with 14 fantasy points after kicking four field goals against the Packers. He’s had double-digit points in back-to-back games, including in Week 10 against the Titans. I don’t to say he’s my fantasy MVP. But I’m also not going to resist the inevitable.

Younghoe Koo
Atlanta Falcons · K
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2020 · 6-4-0

Wait, this might be my favorite player in the league. He made all three of his kicks for the Falcons on Sunday. And this is what I like to see. He was able to get them all in the first half, so when the Falcons fell behind and stopped kicking extra points or attempting field goals, he was already in the clubhouse with 13 fantasy points (thanks to two 50-plus-yard boots).

Joey Slye
Carolina Panthers · K
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2020 · 4-6-0

Slye got into double-digit fantasy points for the first time since Week 6. And he’s consistently hit between 5-7 points every week. But he’s got a great opportunity this week against the Vikings who give up production to kickers. And we are getting to the point of season where you want your kickers playing in a dome. 

Stephen Gostkowski
Tennessee Titans · K
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2020 · 7-3-0

It’s been a wild ride for Gostkowski. It’s like when I pull out my driver, there’s a good chance I’m piping it down the fairway. Or I’m sending it into the houses on the left. But Gostkowski nailed all three of his field goals on Sunday and his lone extra point attempt. And of course he’s in a dome.

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Robbie Gould
San Francisco 49ers · K
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
2020 · 7-3-0

I’m a big Gould guy. The Bears should have never let him go. Although Cairo has been great, so I’m not mad at it anymore. I mean, still mad at Cody Parkey. But I don’t like this matchup against the Rams, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to kickers this year. Gould has hit double-digits twice this year. And not since Week 3.

Ryan Succop
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · K
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2020 · 9-1-0

The Buccaneers offense has me highly discouraged. And I know I shouldn't get swept up into the week-to-week swings of the NFL. Especially with a team that has won seven games. But the Bucs keep losing to good teams. And the Chiefs just might be a pretty good team. They have allowed the eighth-fewest points to kickers this year.

Jake Elliott
Philadelphia Eagles · K
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2020 · 7-3-0

Elliott is one of those kickers that always appears on the waiver wire and you’re like, “Oh, I know that guy, let’s go with him.” But you don’t want to do that. It’s like seeing that a Nic Cage movie is on TV, but it’s Ghost Rider and not one of his many, many, many quality films. Elliott had five points against the Browns. That was his highest total since Week 4.

Sam Ficken
New York Jets · K
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 · 6-4-0

I was kind of bummed to see Sergio Castillo go after he notched back-to-back weeks with 11 points. But that’s life in the NFL. Ficken returned to the Jets in Week 11 and scored (checks notes) two points. The Dolphins have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to kickers this season. Which just fascinates me.

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