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Getty Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field and face times after the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Welcome to Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Kickers for Week 2 of the NFL season. Our kicker edition features a one-time fantasy stud who may be on the verge of regaining his elite status.

* Reminder: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is intended to present you with the non-obvious choices for your fantasy lineup. We dig deep into player matchups, scoring trends, and other factors to best help you with your fantasy decisions. Be sure to also check out our weekly fantasy football kicker rankings to better gauge where these start-sit options compare to the rest of the options at the position.

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Kickers: Start ‘Em

Start of the Week: Justin Tucker at HOU

Tucker put up a solid 9.0 fantasy points in Week 1, yet finished tied as just K12 due to a handful of strong showings at the position. Expect Tucker to push for K1 honors in Week 2 vs. a Houston team that surrendered 10.0 points to Harrison Butker a week ago. Tucker has averaged more than 9.5 fantasy points over his last 17 games, including a 12-point outing against the Texans back in Week 11 of 2019.

Mason Crosby vs. DET

The 18th-highest scoring kicker in fantasy a season ago, Crosby looked very much like his 2007-self this past Sunday, a season in which he led all NFL players in points scored. Over the Lions’ last eight games, opposing kickers have averaged 9.75 fantasy points, with only one kicker scoring below 9.0 points over that span.

Ryan Succop vs. CAR

Succop’s 5.0 outing in Week 1 was nothing to write home about. However, Daniel Carlson’s 12.0 fantasy points in Week 1, which ranked most amongst all kickers, was certainly a bit more noteworthy. Carlson accomplished this feat against Succop’s Week 2 opponents, the Panthers, who have now allowed an average of 10.5 fantasy points to the position over their last eight games.

Sleeper: Graham Gano at CHI

Gano hit on his lone field-goal attempt in Week 1. Chances are he’ll see a bit more opportunity this weekend, as kickers have totaled seven attempts vs. Chicago over their past two games. Furthermore, no kicker has scored below double-digit points against the Bears in three consecutive games.

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Kickers: Sit ‘Em

Sit of the Week: Ka’imi Fairbairn vs. BAL

Fairbairn’s K1 season from 2018 feels like an eternity ago at this point. After a disappointing 2019 campaign in which he finished as K19, Fairbairn kicked off his 2020 season with a mere 2.0 fantasy points in Week 1, second-fewest amongst all kickers. He won’t be given any favors in Week 2 as Baltimore has allowed just one opposing kicker to score more than 5.0 points against them over their last six games.

Jason Sanders vs. BUF

Sanders is still riding off of his strong close-out of 2019 where he averaged 12.6 fantasy points over the final five weeks of the season, the most by any kicker over that span. However, prior to that stint, Sanders topped 6.0 fantasy points just once. Last Sunday he mustered up a measly 4.0 points and likely won’t see much of improvement against a Bills team that surrendered the fewest points to opposing kickers in 2019.

Zane Gonzalez vs. WAS

Gonzalez was okay in the opening week, racking up 8.0 points despite a missed field goal. While a matchup against Washington in Week 2 sounds solid on paper, Washington has allowed an average of just 5.33 fantasy points to kickers over six of their last eight games.

Buyers Beware: Daniel Carlson vs. NO

We’ve already touched on Carlson’s brilliant showing in Week 1. Unfortunately, the likelihood of that carrying over into Week 2 is unlikely. The Saints allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to kickers in 2019. New Orleans has now gone four consecutive games without an opposing kicker exceeding 5.0 fantasy points against them.

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    Week 3 Fantasy Football Running Back PPR Rankings

    After last week, there should be some more confidence in projecting which running backs actually move up in PPR formats. As much as projections can be made about top receiving backs, it takes time to actually see who garners targets, especially when there isn’t a preseason. Additionally, injuries are having a major impact at the RB position, so our Week 3 fantasy RB PPR rankings will try to take that into account while balancing carries, targets, and touchdown chances.

    This week, Austin Ekeler will be a top-10 back in PPR, as his matchup with the Panthers is excellent, but after losing the carry battle (and, more important, the goal-line carry battle) to teammate Joshua Kelley last week, the rookie is also in play as an RB 2. Kareem Hunt will continue to be highly rated in PPR formats despite Nick Chubb also having plenty of value. The two have been splitting snaps, and the matchup against Washington and their tough defensive line figures to even out the values of the two.

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

    Per usual, James White (vs. Raiders), Tarik Cohen (@ Falcons), and D’Andre Swift (@ Cardinals) all move up into flex range because of their pass-catching abilities. The rise of White and Swift push down Sony Michel and Adrian Peterson/Kerryon Johnson since they don’t soak up a lot of targets.

    Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

    As for some of the injury-impacted backfields, it’s hard to know exactly how the pecking order will shake out. Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis will battle for playing time, while the Rams, with Cam Akers ailing after a rib injury, could rely more on Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. Each player could emerge as a decent flex, but knowing the potential carry split will be important as fantasy owners look to make key lineup decisions. The same is true in Buffalo, where Devin Singletary has a little more value than Zack Moss in PPR, but Moss might be more likely to score. 

    Jerick McKinnon (@ Giants) is moving up regardless of Raheem Mostert’s status, but he will move up even more if Raheem Mostert (knee) is ruled out. Myles Gaskin (@ Jaguars) is also moving up, but with an unappealing three-headed “monster” in Miami, it’s tough to recommend starting him. The Bucs backfield is also a tough one for PPR owners to figure, as LeSean McCoy is the best pass-catcher, but it seems clear that Leonard Fournette, who was a big receiver last year in Jacksonville, is about to get more playing time. Fortunately, both Fournette and Ronald Jones II can be used against Denver this week.

    Reminder: Check back for updates during the week.

    These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

    • #1

      Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

    • #2

      Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

    • #3

      Kenyan Drake, Cardinals

    • #5

      Austin Ekeler, Chargers

    • #6

      Jonathan Taylor, Colts

    • #7

      Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs

    • #11

      David Montgomery, Bears

    • #15

      James Conner, Steelers

    • #16

      Melvin Gordon, Broncos

    • #18

      Chris Carson, Seahawks

    • #20

      David Johnson, Texans

    • #21

      Raheem Mostert, 49ers

    • #23

      James Robinson, Jaguars

    • #25

      Joshua Kelley, Chargers

    • 26 Dion Lewis, NYG vs. SF
      27 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ CLE
      28 Leonard Fournette, TB @ DEN
      29 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. KC
      30 Sony Michel, NE vs. LV
      31 D’Andre Swift, DET @ ARZ
      32 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. LAR
      33 Tarik Cohen, CHI @ ATL
      34 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ JAX
      35 James White, NE vs. LV
      36 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NYG
      37 Cam Akers, LAR @ BUF
      38 Zack Moss, BUF vs. LAR
      39 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ BUF
      40 Frank Gore, NYJ @ IND
      41 Ronald Jones II, TB @ DEN
      42 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. KC
      43 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. NYJ
      44 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ BUF
      45 Jordan Howard, MIA @ JAX
      46 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ ARZ
      47 Chris Thompson, JAX vs. MIA
      48 Adrian Peterson, DET @ ARZ
      49 Matt Breida, MIA @ JAX
      50 Latavius Murray, NO vs. GB
      51 Jamaal Williams, GB @ NO
      52 LeSean McCoy, TB @ DEN
      53 Boston Scott, PHI vs. CIN
      54 Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. SF
      55 Tevin Coleman, SF @ NYG
      56 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. TB
      57 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. DAL
      58 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. TEN
      59 Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. DET
      60 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PHI
      61 Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. HOU
      62 Darwin Thompson, KC @ BAL
      63 Tony Pollard, DAL @ SEA
      64 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. LV
      65 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ CLE
      66 Jalen Richard, LV @ NE
      67 Peyton Barber, WAS @ CLE
      68 Mike Davis, CAR @ LAC
      69 Brian Hill, ATL vs. CHI
      70 Corey Clement, PHI vs. CIN
      71 La’Mical Perine NYJ @ IND
      72 Devontae Booker, LV @ NE
      73 AJ Dillon, GB @ NO

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