Week 11 Streaming Kickers (Fantasy Football)
Nick Rose became the latest rookie kicker to gain fantasy relevance this season with three field goals and three extra points in the Redskin’s 38-30 shootout loss at home against the Vikings. Rose joins Jake Elliott, Harrison Butker, Giorgio Tavecchio, Aldrick Rosas, and Ka’imi Fairbairn on the list of first-year kickers with a top-five finish in fantasy.
Mason Crosby came through with his first double-digit performance of the year with three field goals for 12 points against the Bears at rainy Soldier Field. The injury-depleted Packer offense led by Brett Hundley moved the ball well against the Bears but managed only one touchdown scoring drive in a 23-16 victory over Chicago.
The final bye week of the season takes place Week 11 with the Panthers, Colts, Jets, and 49ers receiving a week of rest before the final quarter of the season. Although none of the kickers for the Week 11 bye teams are heavily owned players for fantasy purposes, the following three kickers are great streaming options and bye week plays.
Harrison Butker (KC) vs. NY Giants (39% Ownership on Yahoo)
Harrison Butker and Jake Elliott are two kickers coming off of bye weeks that are widely available in fantasy leagues that should be rostered in all formats. Since taking over the starting placekicker job for the Chiefs Week 4, Butker has yet to score less than five points in a game, while posting two 21-point performances against the Texans and Broncos. With the Giants, Bills, Jets, and Raiders left on the fantasy regular season slate, adding Butker could be a difference-maker down the stretch.
Nick Rose (WAS) @ New Orleans (3% Ownership on Yahoo)
After four mediocre single-digit games as the injury replacement for Dustin Hopkins, Nick Rose delivered his best performance of the year with 14 points against the Vikings on Sunday. The Former Texas Longhorn made all three attempts, including a career-long 55 yarder late in the fourth quarter to bring the Redskins within one score of tying the game.
The revamped New Orleans defense has been impressive over the last four weeks, limiting opposing offenses to 17 or fewer points. The Saints are playing a new type of football for Drew Brees and Sean Payton with a ground and pound approach to offense and a defense that shuts down opposing wide receivers outside with rookie Marshon Lattimore. Kirk Cousins and the offense will likely move the ball between the 20s, but this could be a kicking game between two surprisingly strong defenses.
Brandon McManus (DEN) vs. Cincinnati (26% Ownership on Yahoo)
The Bengals have allowed the third-most points to opposing kickers this season, and McManus looks to be clear of a mental funk that haunted him earlier in the year. The big-legged kicker for Denver has posted back to back double digit weeks since Brock Osweiler took over the starting QB job for the Broncos. With Crock struggling to convert drives into touchdowns, McManus could be the most valuable fantasy asset for Denver this week.
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Matt Bryant (ATL) @ Seattle (80% ownership on Yahoo)
The Falcons head to the Pacific Northwest to take on Seattle this week. Weather is always a consideration in Seattle, and the Seahawks have allowed the fourth-fewest points to opposing kickers this year. The injury to cornerback Richard Sherman will be a hit to the Seahawk secondary and could result in more scoring chances for the Falcons, but owners should still temper expectations for Bryant this week.