The unsung heroes of NFL teams, kickers are assets in fantasy football, and streaming the right kicker could help lead to a victory in a given week. With Week 9 of the fantasy season on the horizon, here are our kicker rankings and some potential streamer options in Week 5.
Fantasy Kicker Rankings | Week 9
While kickers can be difficult to rely on at times, those on high-scoring teams — more times than not — will bring success for fantasy managers. Here are our K rankings for Week 9.
Teams on a bye in Week 9: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Football Team
1. Tyler Bass | Buffalo Bills @ JAX
2. Justin Tucker | Baltimore Ravens vs. MIN
3. Matt Gay | Los Angeles Rams vs. TEN
4. Greg Zuerlein | Dallas Cowboys vs. DEN
5. Nick Folk | New England Patriots @ CAR
6. Matt Prater | Arizona Cardinals @ SF
7. Michael Badgley | Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ
8. Harrison Butker | Kansas City Chiefs vs. GB
9. Daniel Carlson | Las Vegas Raiders @ NYG
10. Greg Joseph | Minnesota Vikings @ BAL
11. Evan McPherson | Cincinnati Bengals vs. CLE
12. Jason Sanders | Miami Dolphins vs. HOU
13. Dustin Hopkins | Los Angeles Chargers @ PHI
14. Graham Gano | New York Giants vs. LV
15. Randy Bullock | Tennessee Titans @ LAR
16. Josh Lambo | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CHI
17. Chase McLaughlin | Cleveland Browns @ CIN
18. Jake Elliott | Philadelphia Eagles vs. LAC
19. Brandon McManus | Denver Broncos @ DAL
20. Younghoe Koo | Atlanta Falcons @ NO
21. Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers @ KC
22. Robbie Gould | San Francisco 49ers vs. ARI
23. Brian Johnson | New Orleans Saints vs. ATL
24. Zane Gonzalez | Carolina Panthers vs. NE
25. Cairo Santos | Chicago Bears @ PIT
26. Ka’imi Fairbairn | Houston Texans @ MIA
27. Matthew Wright | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. BUF
28. Matt Ammendola | New York Jets @ IND
Week 9 Kicker Streamers
Unless you have one of the top kickers in the league (*cough* Justin Tucker *cough*), you’re’ likely rotating through kickers based on the matchups. Here are a few streaming options to consider for this week.
Josh Lambo, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are taking on the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, and except for their starting kicker, Chris Boswell, look to soon be returning to full health. Due to Boswell suffering a concussion last week, the Steelers signed Josh Lambo to their practice squad and appear ready to give him a go on Monday.
The Bears have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers, and their secondary has been putrid against wide receivers. The Steelers should be able to move the ball well through the air, giving Lambo plenty of opportunities to knock some kicks home.
Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
The Los Angeles Chargers are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers and have a defense that is giving up the ninth-most points per game. Jake Elliott has been underwhelming in hard matchups this year, but this isn’t one of them.
Coming off a 3/3 field-goal and 5/5 extra-point game, Elliott and the Eagles’ offense are on a roll and could put up some fireworks against the Chargers this weekend.
Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans
Here’s a deep dive for you. That’s right; I’m suggesting the kicker for the Houston Texans. We have yet to see Ka’imi Fairbairn on the field paired with a Tyrod Taylor-led offense in Houston. At the beginning of the season, when Taylor was under center, Joey Slye was the PK. In the first game of the year, Slye had plenty of opportunities, converting 3 of 3 field-goal attempts while knocking down 4 extra points.
There’s reason for a bit of optimism that Taylor can have this Houston offense looking at least serviceable, giving Fairbairn more scoring opportunities. A matchup with the soft Miami defense doesn’t hurt either, who’s giving up the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers.