Three Kickers to Stream Week 13
Welcome back to our Three Kickers to Stream article series for Week 13 of the 2021 season! For those who are unaware, “stream” or “streaming” refers to starting a player in lieu of a regular starter on your fantasy football squad. Usually this is needed by having no other option, whereas one of your players are hurt or on bye. However, sometimes you can may choose to stream a kicker as a general season-long strategy, or if the matchup/situation is better than your regular starter.
Before I get any further, I must say… KICKERS ARE IMPORTANT! Yes, they can be fluky at times. Yes, they typically score about the same amount of points at the end of the season. However, there are some factors that should be looked at on a week to week basis on which kickers to start any given week for your fantasy team. For example, is the game being played in favorable weather, or better yet, in a dome? Is the game going to be high scoring? Does the team typically go for it on 4th down or do they have a more conservative approach? All of these factors should be considered when choosing your weekly kicker.
Each week I will be bringing you the top three kickers to stream in your leagues. The goal of my streams is to identify a positive situation in the current week to help you get that all important “W.”
1. Matt Prater – Arizona Cardinals
Coming fresh off a bye, Matt Prater should be one of your primary targets for kickers to stream in Week 13. Available in about 3/4 of fantasy leagues, Prater kicks for one of the best offenses in the league and should be added in leagues where he was dropped because of their bye. Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins are both expected to be back healthy, and that should lead to many scoring opportunities for the Cards.
In Week 13, Prater heads to Chicago against an average defensive unit. As long as the weather is reasonable, I expect Prater to have a monster game and also a nice end to the season against a lot of favorable matchups.
BONUS TIP: Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs was also dropped as a result of the Week 12 bye, so double check your waiver wire for him (currently owned in 71% of YAHOO leagues) because he would be the preferred option over anyone else in this article.
2. Evan McPherson – Cincinnati Bengals
The next kicker stream for Week 13 is Evan McPherson of the Cincinnati Bengals. Last week, McPherson was perfect on the day against the Pittsburgh Steelers, connecting on a pair of FGs (including a 51 yarder) and 5 extra points. McPherson is easily the best rookie kicker in the league this season, and he seems to only be getting better. Bengals fans have since named him “Money Mac” as a result of his incredible range and accuracy.
This week, McPherson and the rest of the Bengals host a very nice matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers defense should allow plenty of scoring opportunities for the Bengals to put points on the board, and I expect McPherson to be busy yet again in Week 13. Fire up McPherson and watch those points rack up for your fantasy team all game long.
3. Mike Badgley – Indianapolis Colts
Mike Badgley was our kicker stream of last week and he pulled through with a very solid effort. He was perfect on the day making his lone FG and connected on 4 additional extra points. Unfortunately for Badgley, the offense was too efficient on offense and did not give him a lot of FG kicking opportunities. However, I believe he is still an elite fantasy kicking option and a player to own especially now heading into Week 13. Available STILL in about 60% of Yahoo leagues, Mike Badgley is your man to target on waiver wires to fill your kicker spot this week.
Mike Badgley and the Colts head to Texas to face the Houston Texans in what should be a great game for the Colts offense to move the ball down the field. Badgley should be busy early and often and I expect him to have one of his best games of the season now that the Colts offense is seemingly firing on all cylinders. The game is also in a dome so there is no concern about weather now that we’re in December. Add Badgley for Week 13 and hopefully cruise to victory in your leagues with help from his leg!
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