Streaming Kickers: Week 17 Targets
If you’re still playing for a title, kicker can be the difference-maker in whether you’re basking in the glory of a champion or going home empty-handed. It’s never too late to take advantage of what streaming a kicker can provide.
In Week 16, Mike Badgley was my top streamer with 13 points (K3), followed by Cairo Santos with 11 fantasy points at K7. Through 16 weeks, our optimal streamer has 200 fantasy points, good enough for the overall fantasy K1 on the season.
I’ve relaxed the streaming criteria a bit for Week 17 because we need all the help we can get and if they’re there, they’re there.
As always, check 4for4’s rankings and our signature Schedule-Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed (aFPA) metric when making weekly decisions on any position.
Top Streaming Picks
Stephen Gostkowski/Sam Sloman (Titans) @ Texans
At 10-5, the Titans are in the playoff hunt and a victory over Houston earns them a guaranteed spot in postseason play. Despite being on the road, Tennessee is a 7.5-point favorite, with the largest implied team total of the week set at 32 points.
Stephen Gostkowski is currently on the reserve/COVID list, but it’s unclear if he himself tested positive or if he was just a close contact. If he’s unable to suit up, it will be former Ram Sam Sloman’s leg for the Titans in Week 17. Gostkowski is on 23% of Yahoo! rosters, while Sloman is free in 100%.
Mason Crosby (Packers) @ Bears
Green Bay is fighting for that elusive top seed in the NFC and can do so by beating the Bears on Sunday afternoon. As another road favorite, the Packers are projected to win this contest by 5.5 points, while scoring 28 in the process.
Mason Crosby is parked on 43% of Yahoo! rosters, so fire him up for Week 17 if you need him.
Deep-League Streaming Picks
Ryan Succop (Buccaneers) vs. Falcons
He really belongs in the upper tier, but after his measly output last week, I was scared of getting more hate mail if Ryan Succop was a top suggestion again in Week 17. However, the Bucs are still alive this season and are 6.5-point home favorites against Atlanta, and have a healthy 28.25 implied team total.
Succop is only rostered by 21% of Yahoo! managers so ignore your recency bias, and plug him in if you need a kicker in larger leagues.
Brandon McManus (Broncos) vs. Raiders
Denver is eliminated from playing any further in 2020, but they face their most hated rival and are still seeing what they have in quarterback Drew Lock. Brandon McManus is solid, especially at home, and Vegas is giving the Broncos a decent implied total of 24.25.
On the waiver wire in 86% of Yahoo! leagues, McManus is a nice option in larger formats this week.
This is it for 2020, folks. The kicker position was once again a blast for me to analyze and write this season, and I know from many of you that these streaming picks helped in your fantasy football journey. Have a wonderful rest of the holiday season and see you in 2021!