UPDATED: October 8, 2021
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams or Travis Kelce. Instead, I'll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you set the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the 2021 NFL season.
Week 5 Start ‘Em: Kickers
Start of the Week
Daniel Carlson vs. Bears (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Carlson has remained one of the top kickers in fantasy football, averaging 10 points a game. He should continue to thrive this week, as the Raiders host a Bears defense that’s tied for the fourth-most fantasy points (9.6 PPG) allowed to kickers. I can see Carlson finishing as a top-five option.
Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Ryan Succop vs. Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Succop hasn't put up huge totals so far, as he's tied for 13th in fantasy points among kickers. Still, I like him to put up a nice total in a great matchup against the Dolphins. Their defense has given up eight field goals and is tied for the seventh-most points allowed to opposing kickers in 2021.
Greg Joseph vs. Lions (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Joseph put up a one-point stink bomb in last week’s loss to the Browns, but I like him to rebound in what is a positive matchup against the Lions. Their defense has surrendered a combined 30 fantasy points to kickers in their last two games, so look for Joseph to produce a top-10 fantasy line.
- Brandon McManus at Steelers (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Matt Prater vs. 49ers (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Randy Bullock at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Cody Parkey at Football Team (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Week 5 Sit ‘Em: Kickers
Sit of the Week
Mason Crosby at Bengals (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Crosby has been hot in recent weeks, scoring a combined 25 fantasy points in his last two games. I think he’ll see a decline against the Bengals, however. Their defense has allowed just 5.6 fantasy points per game to kickers, and no kicker has recorded more than eight points against them.
Graham Gano at Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Gano has scored 13 combined points in his last two games, and an upcoming matchup against the Cowboys isn’t very favorable on paper. Just one kicker has scored more than seven fantasy points in a game against them, and opposing teams have converted just four field goal attempts.
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Chris Boswell vs. Broncos (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Boswell has averaged a mediocre 7.3 fantasy points in his first four games, and I think that will be his ceiling this week versus the Broncos. Their defense has surrendered just three field goal conversions and the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing kickers, so I’d keep Boswell on the bench.
- Tristan Vizcaino vs. Browns (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Zane Gonzalez vs. Eagles (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Rodrigo Blankenship at Ravens (Mon., 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Evan McPherson vs. Packers (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
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