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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 8: Kickers

With Greg Zuerlein coming off a bye, he might be available in your league

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.

Byes: Raiders, Ravens


Week 8 Start ‘Em: Kickers

Start of the Week

Greg Zuerlein at Vikings (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Zuerlein, who could be on the waiver wire in some leagues coming off a bye, is a strong option in what could be a potential scoreboard scorcher against the Vikings. Three kickers have scored 11 or more points against them, and no enemy kicker has produced fewer than seven fantasy points.

Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em


Start ‘Em

Matt Gay at Texans (1 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 terrific matchup against the Texans. Their defense has allowed an average of nine fantasy points a game to opposing kickers.

Evan McPherson at Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS): If you like to stream kickers, McPherson is one of the best options of the week. That’s due in large part to a matchup against the Jets, who have allowed a league-high 17 field goals and the most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers. McPherson is available in a large portion of leagues.

More Starts

  • Greg Joseph vs. Cowboys (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
  • Brandon McManus vs. Football Team (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)

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  • Randy Bullock at Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Jake Elliott at Lions (1 p.m. ET, Fox)

Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Kickers

Sit of the Week

Jason Sanders at Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS): A fantasy star last season, Sanders has seen his stock fall in 2021. He’s failed to score more than eight fantasy points in four straight games, and this week’s matchup in Buffalo isn’t favorable. In fact, only the Falcons and Packers have allowed fewer field-goal attempts to kickers this season.

Sit ‘Em

Younghoe Koo vs. Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Koo had 12 fantasy points last week and has scored 23 points in his last two games. I would temper expectations this week, however, as the Panthers have held kickers to fewer than seven points per game. Four of the seven kickers who have faced them have failed to score more than six points.

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Chris Boswell at Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Boswell put up a season-high 13 fantasy points in his last game before the Steelers’ bye, but I wouldn’t chase the points. He has a tough matchup against the Browns, who have allowed just seven field-goal makes and an average of fewer than six fantasy points to opposing kickers so far this season.

More Sits

  • Joey Slye at Bears (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
  • Chase McLaughlin vs. Steelers (1 p.m. ET, CBS)


  • Graham Gano at Chiefs (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Jason Myers vs. Cowboys (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)

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