2019 Fantasy Football Kickers: Studs, Sleepers, and Busts

Don’t know what kicker to pick up for your fantasy team this year? You’ve come to the right place. I broke down two studs, sleepers, and busts at the kicker position for the 2019 season. For kickers, most of the analysis is based on offensive success and weather. I took both of those things heavily into account while writing this article and you should too. For any questions on kickers not mentioned here tweet me @nickyds23 or @thebench_ .

Studs – These kickers will produce week in and week out, so you shouldn’t have any problem getting consistent production out of these guys.

Justin Tucker

Tucker has consistently been the best kicker in the NFL since being drafted in 2012. You can rely on Tucker to make just about anything from 60 yards and in. Last season, Tucker knocked in 35 of 39 attempts, including 5 of 7 from 50+. With Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram leading the charge, the Ravens should have an above average offense, but may have trouble getting into the redzone. Tucker should get his fair share of long field goals and loads of fantasy points.

Ka’imi Fairbairn

Fairbairn led the NFL in field goals made last year, as he converted on 37 of 42 attempts. The Texans are returning most of their high-powered offense and will improve their dismal offensive line, which should allot to Fairbairn getting plenty of opportunity once again in 2019. He also has the benefit of playing home games indoors and playing in the most kicker friendly division in the NFL (AFC South).

Sleepers – These kickers will be flying under the radar. You may find them in a later round than what they should be drafted or may end up being claimed off waivers early in the season.

Austin Seibert

Dec 1, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners place kicker Austin Seibert (43) in action during the game against the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Seibert was drafted in the 5th round by the Cleveland Browns in 2019. The 4 year starter from Oklahoma holds the all time CFB scoring record by a kicker and will immediately have one of the strongest legs in the league. With OBJ coming to town to join Baker and Juice, the Browns should have no trouble marching down the field and getting into field goal range. As long as Seibert is able to beat out the incumbent Greg Joseph, he could be a great fantasy weapon this season.

Jason Myers

Myers is coming off a pro bowl season in which he made 33 of 36 field goal attempts with the New York Jets. Myers recently jumped ship and signed with the Seattle Seahawks where he spent the 2018 pre-season. With Russell Wilson at the helm, the Seahawks offense is always dangerous and should present Myers with plenty of opportunities to score points.

Busts – These kickers won’t live up to the hype. They will be drafted too early. Stay away from these guys unless it’s your last resort.

Brandon McManus

McManus has traditionally been a great kicker in the NFL and great for fantasy. However, he’s coming off a rough season, converting 20 of 25 attempts. He’s limited by a subpar offense, and that’s likely not going to improve with Joe Flacco leading the Broncos offense. McManus has the potential to return to form as one of the best kickers in the league but tread lightly when choosing him as your team’s kicker.

Stephen Hauschka

Much like McManus, Hauschka has been a great kicker throughout his career. Unfortunately for him, he’s stranded in Buffalo. Despite the emergence of Josh Allen, the Buffalo offense still has a long way to go to be effective in today’s NFL. Furthermore, it’s Buffalo. Hauschka will spend just as much time clearing snow as he will kicking the ball. Always take home field advantage into account for your fantasy kickers. Hauschka simply has no advantage due to Buffalo’s weather conditions.

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