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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 7: Kickers

Nick Folk is the kicker start of the week thanks to a great matchup against the consistently underwhelming Jets.

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.

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Week 7 Start ‘Em: Kickers

Start of the Week

Nick Folk vs. Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Listed as a sit ‘em last week, Folk recorded three fantasy points against the Cowboys. However, I like him to rebound in the stat sheets, as a matchup against the Jets is favorable. Their defense has given up the second-most points per game to opposing kickers, and Folk beat them for 13 points in Week 2.

Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em


Start ‘Em

Matt Gay vs. Lions (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): Gay has been consistently productive for his fantasy managers, scoring no fewer than eight points in any game this season. I like him to continue that streak in what is a great matchup against the Lions. No team in the league has allowed more fantasy points to kickers, so Gay should produce well.

Mason Crosby vs. Football Team (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Crosby’s numbers haven’t been all that consistent, as he’s scored six or fewer points in three of his six games. I like him to be on the higher end of that total this week, as the Football Team has allowed 12 field-goal conversions and the fourth-most fantasy points a game to enemy kickers.

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  • Younghoe Koo at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, Fox)


  • Zane Gonzalez at Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
  • Randy Bullock vs. Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Week 7 Sit ‘Em: Kickers

Sit of the Week

Jason Sanders vs. Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Sanders posted a respectable eight points last week, but it was just the second time he’s scored more than five points in a game this season. I’d keep him on the sidelines against the Falcons, who have given up five-of-six field-goal conversions and the eighth-fewest points per game to kickers.

Sit ‘Em

Evan McPherson at Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS): McPherson, listed as a start ‘em last week, scored 10 fantasy points in a win over the Lions. I wouldn’t chase those points though, as the Bengals head to Baltimore. The Ravens defense has allowed five field-goal conversions and is tied for the third-fewest points per game allowed to kickers.

Graham Gano vs. Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Gano has failed to score more than seven points in all but two games this season, and a matchup against his former team, the Panthers, isn’t a favorable one. Opposing kickers have failed to score more than six points in four of five games against Carolina, so Gano should be on the sidelines.

More Sits

  • Joey Slye vs. Colts (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
  • Cairo Santos at Buccaneers (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)


  • Jason Myers vs. Saints (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Jake Elliott at Raiders (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox)

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