Fantasy Soccer Kicker Rankings & Information: Week 8 (2021)

Week 7 proved to be a low-scoring week for kickers as climate negatively affected quite a lot of video games, and opposing defenses blocked a number of kicks this previous week.

Solely six kickers managed to submit greater than ten fantasy factors final week, led by Austin Seibert and Graham Gano – two gamers with a mixed roster share on Yahoo of lower than 100%. Not one kicker with a roster share of over 75% managed to attain greater than two factors, and Justin Tucker and Harrison Butker, the one two gamers rostered in practically 100% of leagues, mixed to attain simply ten fantasy factors on the day.

It was an unsightly week for kickers and one in which you’d have considerably benefitted from studying this text, as two of my favourite kickers on the week completed within the prime three. Graham Gano‘s Ok Rating was probably the greatest this season, and the veteran kicker got here via with 15 fantasy factors. My different favourite of the week, Nick Folk, managed 13 factors regardless of being accessible in over 40% of leagues.

As we get additional into the season, the climate will begin to develop into extra of an element. As temperatures start to drop and wind/snow begin to develop into components, be sure you use this information to watch streaming kicker choices. Nevertheless, eight of my prime 12 kickers this week play indoors, so climate shouldn’t be a lot of a problem in Week 8.

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Week 7 Stud Performances from broadly accessible kickers

Austin Seibert (DET) @ Rams: 0% roster share on Yahoo
I had Seibert ranked seven factors greater than ECR this week, however I need to admit that I didn’t see 15 fantasy factors and a share of the highest spot for the journeyman kicker. Though he does have double-digit video games in two of his final three contests, I’d maintain off on selecting him up till we see an enchancment on the offensive rank of the Lions. Getting into final week, the Lions ranked twenty seventh in common yards per sport, nicely outdoors the highest 15 that I choose when searching for streaming kickers.

Graham Gano (NYG) vs. Carolina: 15% roster share on Yahoo
There’s a ton to love about Graham Gano from a streaming kicker perspective. He performs on a staff that ranks sixteenth in yards per sport however lifeless final in red-zone effectivity. Daniel Jones and the offense can transfer the ball, however they battle punching it in for touchdowns. Additionally, outdoors of 1 inexplicable 35-shard shank, he has been very correct over the previous two seasons. His lack of a big further level ground makes him extra unstable than different kickers, however he has already confirmed 3 times this season that he generally is a week-winner.

Week 7 Dud Performances from widely-rostered kickers

Harrison Butker (KC) @ Tennessee: 99% roster share on Yahoo
If he continues to battle, I might want to rename this part the Harrison Butker dud award of the week. Butker has six or fewer factors in 4 of his seven video games in 2021, and he has not topped ten factors as soon as. On the optimistic aspect, he does have a ground of additional factors every week, however he has not been an elite kicker for practically two seasons, and other people proceed to roster him based mostly on title and never by efficiency.

Week 8 Kicker Rankings

*Pink Zone Effectivity is predicated on the inverse of how nicely the kicker’s offense does within the purple zone. For instance, the Payments rank twenty sixth in red-zone effectivity; due to this fact, Tyler Bass has an RZ EFF rating of 6. The decrease quantity, the higher for kickers, as taking part in on a staff that struggles to attain touchdowns within the purple zone equates to extra subject objective alternatives.

**The Ok Rating is the sum of a participant’s opponent purple zone, the purple zone effectivity of his offense, and the general rank of his respective staff when it comes to whole yards. A low rating signifies {that a} kicker has variables working in his favor for an excellent fantasy kicking efficiency.

Kicker rankings are based mostly on quite a few components, together with matchups, Vegas traces and rating projections, climate circumstances, the flexibility of a kicker’s staff offense and their means to maneuver the ball into subject objective vary, offensive purple zone effectivity, and the way nicely the opposing protection limits touchdowns within the purple zone. These components are a information however not a definitive solution to predict kicking success, as different variables and unfavorable sport scripts considerably affect the end result.

Based mostly on the entire variables talked about above, the next two kickers are gamers ranked outdoors the FantasyPros ECR prime 10 who might be a wonderful play Week 8.

Chase McLaughlin (CLE) vs. Denver 26% roster share on Yahoo
I’m doubling down on McLaughlin this week for a few causes. First, he would have been a top-7 kicker this week had his kick not been blocked. Blocked kicks are a flukey incidence and never one thing I believe will occur once more this week. Second, his Ok Rating is the second-lowest of the week, and this sport has one of many lowest over-unders on the slate. The climate does not look horrible both.

Michael Badgley (IND) vs. Tennessee 12% roster share on Yahoo
Badgley’s Ok Rating of twenty-two is one of the best of the week, and the journeyman kicker is taking part in at residence and indoors. The one danger here’s a unfavorable sport script during which the Titans exit with an enormous lead, and the Colts are compelled to forgo the kicking sport. Whereas that’s doable, I believe the Colts’ protection appeared significantly better towards the 49ers on Sunday Night time Soccer and will preserve this aggressive.

Prediction Overview

Every week I counsel two kickers ranked outdoors the FantasyPros ECR prime 10 who I consider will likely be stable performers based mostly on the variables described within the Ok Rating part. The next is a evaluation of my picks from the earlier week to see the place I used to be profitable and the place I missed the mark.

Graham Gano (NYG) vs. Carolina: 15% roster share on Yahoo

  • ECR Rank: 12
  • My Rank: 10
  • Week 7 End: T1

Gano has three increase video games of 12 or extra fantasy factors on the yr, together with 22 fantasy factors in Week 2 towards Washington. Whenever you play on a staff that ranks within the prime 15 in yards per sport however lifeless final in red-zone effectivity, you’re looking at a doable monster sport for a kicker, so long as the opponent doesn’t create a unfavorable sport script. That proved to be the case this week for Gano, with the Giants internet hosting the struggling Panthers, who’ve a stable protection however an offense that’s not scoring a ton currently. I don’t assume Gano will fare as nicely this week towards the Chiefs, however he’ll probably be certainly one of my picks once more in Week 9 once they play the Raiders.

Chase McLaughlin (CLE) vs. Denver 30% roster share on Yahoo

  • ECR Rank: 17
  • My Rank: 7
  • Week 7 End: T13

Final week, I wrote that I’d pivot away from McLaughlin if the climate appeared too windy as we received nearer to kickoff. That proved to be the case, though McLaughlin did come one blocked kick away from ending tied for fifth on the week.

Waiver Wired

Prime Add

Nick Folk (NE) @ Chargers 60% roster share on Yahoo
I’ve been recommending People for the previous few weeks, but he’s nonetheless accessible in 40% of Yahoo leagues regardless of being the highest fantasy kicker of the season. In case you are a Justin Tucker or Daniel Carlson fantasy supervisor, look so as to add People on waivers.

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