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Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit at kicker in fantasy football

The first byes of the year aren’t too damaging to our Week 6 fantasy kicker rankings. Very few fantasy football teams were rostering Joey Slye, Cody Parkey, or Matt Ammendola, so it’s likely only the Younghoe Koo owner is hitting the free agent wire looking for a new kicker. The good news is that if you are that owner of Koo, there are plenty of worthwhile replacement options.

Notice we said “free agent” wire and not “waiver” wire. Don’t use a waiver claim on a kicker. It’s never worth it. Moreover, don’t carry two kickers on your roster, even if you have a top-ranked guy like Justin Tucker or Tyler Bass. If someone else wants to pick him up, let them. It’s not hard to find a good kicker in any given week (even though it might seem that way after last week’s parade of missed FG attempts and PATs).

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

We have of another week of stats to look at when making our kicker decisions, but as we always say at this position, the stats only mean so much. Most of the top kickers in our rankings are the top kickers on the season, including a few guys who have risen in recent weeks, such as Dustin Hopkins (vs. Chiefs), Nick Folk (vs. Cowboys), and Chase McLaughlin (vs. Cardinals). Any of these players, all owned in fewer than 17 percent of leagues, would be a good fill-in for Koo. Rodrigo Blankenship (vs. Texans) is also widely available and has a fairly favorable statistical matchup.

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

The rest of the top guys all pretty much fall in line about where you’d expect. Daniel Carlson (@ Broncos) is in an interesting spot, as he plays one of the statistically toughest defenses against kickers yet gets the advantage of kicking in the thin air of Denver. He might get fewer chances, but his odds of connecting from 50-plus yards are higher, which is why he’s still in our top 10. Matt Prater (@ Browns) also has a tough statistical matchup, but given how easily and rapidly the Cardinals can move the ball, we still expect him to get some scoring chances.

Weather hasn’t been too much an issue this year, so let’s hope it stays that way. We don’t have many worthwhile indoor options this week, as there are just two games in stadiums with roofs, but Blankenship (vs. Texans) and Evan McPherson (@ Lions) are your “safest” bets if you don’t want to check any weather updates on Sunday morning.

Note We’ll update these kicker rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.

Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit in fantasy football

Rank Player
1 Justin Tucker, BAL vs. LAC
2 Tyler Bass, BUF @ TEN
3 Harrison Butker, KC @ WAS
4 Brandon McManus, DEN vs. LV
5 Ryan Succop, TB @ PHI
6 Matt Gay, LAR @ NYG
7 Rodrigo Blankenship, IND vs. HOU
8 Matt Prater, ARI @ CLE
9 Daniel Carlson, LV @ DEN
10 Nick Folk, NE vs. DAL
11 Dustin Hopkins, WAS vs. KC
12 Greg Zuerlein, DAL @ NE
13 Chase McLaughlin, CLE vs. ARI
14 Greg Joseph, MIN @ CAR
15 Evan McPherson, CIN @ DET
16 Graham Gano, NYG vs. LAR
17 Mason Crosby, GB @ CHI
18 Zane Gonzalez, CAR vs. MIN
19 Jason Sanders, MIA @ JAX
20 Tristan Vizcaino, LAC @ BAL
21 Chris Boswell, PIT vs. SEA
22 Randy Bullock, TEN vs. BUF
23 Cairo Santos, CHI vs. GB
24 Austin Seibert, DET vs. CIN
25 Jake Elliott, PHI vs. TB
26 Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU @ IND
27 Jason Myers, SEA @ PIT
28 Josh Lambo, JAX vs. MIA

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