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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets & FAAB Advice: Kickers (Week 5)

Oct 3, 2022
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Check out our top waiver wire targets for Week 5 of the 2022 fantasy football season.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets

Greg Joseph (MIN): 46% rostered

  • Next opponents: CHI, @MIA, BYE
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: After missing his only two FG attempts in Week 3 — both of them long tries of 50+ yards — Joseph was 5-of-5 against the Saints in London, drilling a 47-yarder with 24 seconds left to put the Vikings ahead for good in a 28-25 win. Joseph was sixth in fantasy kicker scoring last season and had the fourth-most FG attempts. He’s connected to a solid offense, and he gets a nice Week 5 matchup against the Bears inside the domed confines of U.S. Bank Stadium, followed by a warm-weather Week 6 game against the Dolphins in Miami.

Will Lutz (NO): 7% rostered

  • Next opponents: SEA, CIN, @ARI
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Lutz had a heroic Week 4 effort vs. the Vikings in London, kicking a 60-yarder to tie the game with 1:51 left in regulation, then just barely missing a 61-yarder to tie at the end of regulation after the ball hit the left upright, then hit the crossbar. Lutz is only 2-for-5 on FG attempts this season, but the Saints get an appealing home matchup against the defenseless Seahawks this week.

Riley Patterson (JAC): 8% rostered

  • Next opponents: HOU, @IND, NYG
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: The main attraction here is a home matchup against the lowly Texans in Week 5. The bonus is that Patterson is tied to an ascendant offense. He didn’t get to attempt a field goal in a Week 5 loss to the Eagles, but Patterson is 7-of-8 on FG attempts this season and 10-of-10 on extra points.

Jake Elliott (PHI): 44% rostered

  • Next opponents: @ARI, DAL, BYE
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $NA
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: In theory, Elliott should be a top fantasy kicker. He’s attached to one of the NFL’s better offenses and has converted 84.1% of his career FG attempts. Maybe the Philly offense is too good. Elliott is only 4-of-5 on field goals this season and has yet to kick a field goal of 40 yards or longer. At the very least, though, he’s going to kick a lot of PATs, and you have to figure there are more field goals coming for a kicker who was inside the top 10 in fantasy scoring at the position last season. Elliott gets a nice (and presumably weather-immune) matchup vs. the Cardinals in Arizona this week.

Dustin Hopkins (LAC): 44% rostered

  • Next opponents: @CLE, DEN, SEA
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: NA
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: Good kicker, good offense. The mandatory disclaimer here is that Chargers head coach Brandon Staley has been aggressive about going for it on fourth down throughout his tenure, so Hopkins will miss out on some attempts due to Staley’s aggression.

Nick Folk (NE): 28% rostered

  • Next opponents: DET, @CLE, CHI
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: NA
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: I realize it’s hard to consider adding a kicker on a team that might be quarterbacked by either Brian Hoyer or Bailey Zappe in Week 5, but the Patriots are going up against an atrocious Lions defense this week, and Bill Belichick appreciates the value of a field goal. New England was third in FG attempts last season.

Stash candidates: Harrison Butker

Harrison Butker tried for 12th in kicker scoring last year and was 13th in 2020. He’s tied to a prolific offense. If he’s able to come back from an injury this week, Butker will have an attractive matchup vs. the Raiders.

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If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup, based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant – which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and by how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

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