Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 17: Who to start, sit at kicker in fantasy football

We’re not sure what’s more impressive: That you made it to your fantasy football championship game or that we all have (almost) made it to 2022. Either way, there’s no better way — literally, no better way — to celebrate than to check out our Week 17 fantasy kicker rankings. 

Also, we don’t know for sure you made it to your fantasy championship game, but why the hell else would you reading this? Even if you’re in a league that pays out to third place or you’re trying to avoid last place, you have bigger things to worry about than kickers. We appreciate the page view, but come on — prioritize.

WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

As always, weather could matter a lot this time of year. Fortunately, it hasn’t played too much of a factor outside of a few games this season, but it’s always nice to have an indoors kicker right about now. Unfortunately, the NFL did us dirty by scheduling just three true indoors game (Raiders-Colts, Panthers-Saints, Cardinals-Cowboys) and one game in L.A.’s covered but open-air stadium (Broncos-Chargers).

WEEK 17 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST

There are some good kickers in those matchups; however, none are in statistically favorable matchups. We don’t pay that much attention to those numbers when it comes to ranking kickers, so don’t get too nervous if you have Matt Prater (@ Cowboys) or Greg Zuerlein (vs. Cardinals). The only guy we’ll note is Daniel Carlson, as the Colts allow the fewest fantasy points to kickers, but since Carlson is a top kicker in both real life and fantasy terms, we wouldn’t consider dropping him. 

As far as “sleepers” go, you could try Jason Meyers (vs. Lions), Chase McLaughlin (@ Steelers), Cairo Santos (vs. Giants), Robbie Gould (vs. Texans), Jason Sanders (@ Titans), and Lirim Hajrullahu (@ Saints), assuming all are active. All are widely available and have top-10 matchups. Hajrullahu is also indoors, but we simply don’t trust him or his offense. However, if you’re just throwing darts, he’s as likely as virtually anyone to have a three-FG day. 

Like we said before, kicker should be your last worry at this point in the season. Of course, when titles and prize money are on the line, you worry too much about everything, so we understand. But there’s no magic formula to finding the right kicker, and with COVID decimating offenses and defenses alike, matchup numbers and stats can be thrown out the window. Just find a reliable, big-legged kicker who you can reasonably expect to get scoring chances. From there, just hope he makes his kicks and you can count your money at the end of another long season.

Note: We’ll update these kicker rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.

Fantasy Kicker Rankings Week 17: Who to start, sit in fantasy football

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