Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at the NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system. For your final lineup decisions, be sure to check my weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.
Week 1 Start 'Em: Kickers
Start of the Week
Greg Zuerlein at Rams
What’s better than a Week 1 revenge game for a kicker! Zuerlein and his big leg go back to Los Angeles to face his former team, the Rams, in a game with an over/under of 52. The lone game with a bigger total this week is the Texans-Chiefs (54.5). Get Greg the Leg in your starting lineup in what could be a high-scoring affair for the Cowboys.
Robbie Gould vs. Cardinals
One of the more reliable kickers in fantasy football, Gould should open the new season on a high note when the Cardinals come to town. Arizona gave up a ton of points to enemy kickers a season ago, allowing 8.5 per game to the position. The DK Sportsbook has the over/under here at 47.5, so points should be scored in this game.
Stephen Gostkowski at Broncos
Remember Gostkowski? He was once the “elite” kicker in the world of fantasy football. Reports suggest he’s feeling good in his return from a hip operation, and a matchup in the thin air at Mile High makes him a worthwhile streamer. Last season, the Broncos surrendered an average of more than nine fantasy points per game to visiting kickers.
- Jake Elliott at Football Team
- Jason Myers at Falcons
- Rodrigo Blankenship at Jaguars
- Mike Badgley at Bengals
Week 1 Sit 'Em: Kickers
Sit of the Week
Zane Gonzalez at 49ers
Gonzalez was one of the top kickers in fantasy land a season ago, but a road matchup against the Niners in Week 1 makes him tough to trust. San Francisco allowed an average of just 5.3 fantasy points per game to kickers in 2019, and Gonzalez put up a combined 13 points in two games against them. I’d look for an alternative off the wire.
Matt Prater vs. Bears
Prater was a solid option for fantasy fans a season ago, ranking tied for sixth in points among kickers. Still, I’d beware this week’s matchup at home against the Bears. Their defense allowed the sixth-fewest points to kickers last season, and Prater has averaged just 6.7 fantasy points per in his last three home games against this NFC North opponent.
Austin Seibert at Ravens
Seibert was a disappointment in fantasy leagues last season, and that won't change to start the 2020 campaign based on a tough roadie against the Ravens. Their defense was tough on kickers at home last season, allowing an average of just 5.4 points a game. Seibert scored a combined 11 fantasy points in two games vs. the Ravens in 2019.
- Ka’imi Fairbairn at Chiefs (TNF)
- Brandon McManus vs. Titans
- Graham Gano at Bills
- Dustin Hopkins vs. Eagles
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 the latest news and analysis!
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