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Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 12: Kickers - Sleepers, Busts, Matchups

Start 'em and sit 'em kickers for Week 12 from senior fantasy football expert Michael Fabiano.

Week 12 Start ‘Em: Kickers

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Start of the Week

Jason Sanders at Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Sanders put up a very solid nine fantasy points last week in Denver, and an upcoming matchup with the Jets makes him an attractive choice again. The Men in Green have been generous to kickers, allowing an average of nearly 13 fantasy points per game to the position at MetLife Stadium. In all, five kickers have scored at least 10 points against them.

Week 12 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

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Start ‘Em

Wil Lutz at Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX): Lutz has averaged slightly over seven fantasy points in his last three games, but I like him to see an increase in scoring when the Saints head to Denver. Their defense has been kind to visiting kickers, as the opposition has averaged nearly 11 fantasy points at Mile High. In all, booters have scored nine or more fantasy points six times against the Broncos.

Joey Slye at Vikings (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Last week, Slye posted his first double-digit performance (10 points) since Week 5. I like him as a streaming option this week too, as a positive matchup against the Vikings is next on the schedule. Their defense has allowed 15 field-goal conversions and the most fantasy points (13.4 PPG) to road kickers. Slye is likely on the waiver wire in a lot of leagues as well.

More Starts

  • Mason Crosby vs. Bears (SNF 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
  • Zane Gonzalez at Patriots (1 p.m. ET, FOX)


  • Cody Parkey at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Matt Gay vs. 49ers (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)
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Week 12 Sit ‘Em: Kickers

Sit of the Week

Chris Boswell at Ravens (Tues. 8 p.m. ET, NBC): Boswell has put up good totals in recent weeks, scoring at least eight points in three straight games. Still, the veteran booter is a fade for me in an important AFC North battle with the Ravens on Sunday afternoon. No team in the league has allowed fewer fantasy points (3.4 PPG) to opposing kickers than Baltimore, so beware of Boswell.

Sit ‘Em

Stephen Gostkowski at Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Gostkowski is coming off a big, 10-point performance against the Ravens, but an upcoming matchup versus the Colts is far from favorable. Their defense has allowed an average of just 5.6 fantasy points a game to kickers on their home field, and just three have had more than seven points. The Colts held Gostkowski to seven points in Week 10.

Robbie Gould at Rams (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX): Gould has hit a statistical slump in recent weeks, scoring a combined 15 fantasy points in his three games before the Niners bye. His struggles are likely to continue this week, as Gould faces a Rams defense that’s allowed just 13 field-goal conversions and the fourth-fewest fantasy points (6.2 PPG) to kickers. Keep him benched in this AFC West battle.

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More Sits

  • Randy Bullock vs. Giants (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Jake Elliott vs. Seahawks (MNF 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)


  • Ryan Succop vs. Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Michael Badgley at Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for all of the latest breaking fantasy football news and the best analysis in the business!

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