Week 11 lineup calls: Kickers
Depending on your league’s settings, it may be “Hail Mary” time for your fantasy squad.
Some leagues begin their playoffs in Week 14, meaning that there are three weeks left to secure a playoff berth or improve seeding. The job isn’t done, not by a longshot. It’s critical to evaluate each and every roster slot in the attempt to steal another point.
That leaves some owners down a path they normally choose to avoid. I understand that it’s easy to ignore the kicker position, but there are points to be found.
Use the wire. Add value. Dominate.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
(Other than Dan Carpenter, Mason Crosby and Sebastian Janikowski)
Nick Folk vs. Houston
Folk has attempted multiple field goals in seven of nine games this season (including five games with multiple conversions). He’s also converted multiple PATs in seven of nine games this season. Folk is line for another huge run this weekend against the Texans, a team that allows 28.6 points per game. Look for LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene to grind it out on the ground with Mark Sanchez taking his shots over the top.
David Akers vs. New York Giants
Fantasy owners celebrated Akers’ eight PATs and single field goal conversion in the blowout win over the Redskins. He’d converted four field goals in the previous two games and has converted multiple field goals in five games this season. He converted at least four PATs in the games in which he kicked one or zero field goals. Lock and load for this NFC East showdown.
Josh Scobee vs. Cleveland
The Jacksonville offense has come to life in the past several weeks, and fantasy owners have celebrated Scobee’s huge PAT counts. He’s converted at least one field goal in eight of nine games this season. Cleveland ranks 10th in total defense, having surrendered 20.6 points per game. Look for the Browns to stiffen in the red zone and for Scobee to launch multiple field-goal tries this week.
Ryan Succop vs. Arizona
The Kansas City offense has been strong of late, with Matt Cassel connecting frequently downfield with Dwayne Bowe. Succop has been the beneficiary of this offensive explosion, having generated multiple PATs in four of the past five games and five field goal conversions in his past three games. The Cardinals rank dead-last in total defense at 29 points per game, so the Chiefs will make noise at home.
Adam Vinatieri at New England
It’s been awhile since Vinatieri has been called upon to do more than convert PATs. Given the number of injuries affecting the Indianapolis offense, Vinatieri’s role has shifted, and he ranks among the league’s field-goal leaders. He’s converted multiple field-goal tries in four of his past five games.
Billy Cundiff at Carolina
The Ravens take on a banged-up and beaten Carolina squad this weekend. They’re down to journeyman quarterback Brian St. Pierre under center, and fourth-string tailback Mike Goodson remains the top tailback against Haloti Ngata and the Baltimore defensive line. He’s converted at least one field goal in eight consecutive games before getting shut out in that column in Week 10 (three PATs). The Baltimore defense will create short fields for Joe Flacco and company, and I believe we’ll see frequent appearances by Cundiff as the point tally rises.
Olindo Mare at New Orleans
Mare has twice converted five field goals in a game this season. He’s also been shut out in that column on three occasions, so there is some inherent risk in playing him. Still, I’m intrigued to watch a Seattle squad that has gained confidence and played better on the road in recent weeks. Despite all of its injury issues, the Saints rank fourth in total defense (16.8 points per game). Pete Carroll might need to run “SuperJock” with Mare this week.
John Kasay vs. Baltimore
Do I dare write that “if Carolina scores, it will be done off the foot of Kasay” and call it a day? The Panthers have been decimated by injuries, so this qualifies as a longshot of all longshots. Kasay has converted multiple field goals in three of the past five games (with at least one conversion in five consecutive games).
Lawrence Tynes at Philadelphia
Tynes has converted multiple field goals in four of the past five weeks and multiple PAT conversions in seven of nine games this season. He slides down to the cautionary list (he’s still a start) because of the issues on the offensive line and the surge of the Eagles’ defense.
Ryan Longwell vs. Green Bay
Longwell has converted multiple field goals in back-to-back games, and has logged at least one field goal in five consecutive games. However, the Minnesota offense is a great unknown right now. What do the Vikings get out of Brett Favre? Does the Green Bay defense surge to shut down the Minnesota offense? Time shall tell, but I’m not optimistic that we witness a huge scoring barrage from Brad Childress’ squad.