Everyone loves kickers, so everyone will love our Week 11 fantasy kicker rankings. Sure, Brandon McManus and Matt Gay are missing because of byes, but still — so many kickers!
As usual, the top studs are still near the top, but guys with “favorable matchups” are also moving up slightly. We always caution against relying too much on defensive stats at this position, but Randy Bullock (vs. Texans), Dustin Hopkins (vs. Steelers), Zane Gonzalez (vs. Washington), Chase McLaughlin (vs. Lions), and Chris Boswell (@ Chargers) all should get an extra opportunity or two based on the numbers. All can be round in our top 14 this week, too.
Hopkins and Boswell especially stand out since they’re playing in a stadium with roof (but still open air). Daniel Carlson (vs. Bengals), Nick Folk (@ Falcons), and Mason Crosby (@ Vikings) are more good options playing in indoor stadiums, which is always nice this time of year.
There aren’t any notable kickers with matchups that are bad enough to consider benching them. As we know, any kicker is capable of a big week in any matchup, so if you like who you have, keep rolling with them. If your kicker is struggling, you can either bank on a bounce-back performance or pick up someone new with a better or “safer” matchup.
There are very few “must-starts” this week other than Justin Tucker (@ Bears), Nick Folk (@ Falcons), and Ryan Succop (vs. Giants). Even Tyler Bass (vs. Colts), who was the No. 3 fantasy kicker heading into Week 10, could be sat if it’s supposed to be especially windy in Buffalo this weekend. Unfortunately, we always have to pay attention to weather this time of year. Don’t overreact, but there’s also no need to take an unnecessary risk at this position.
Note: We’ll update these kicker rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.