Three Kickers to Stream Week 16
Welcome back to our Three Kickers to Stream article series for Week 16 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. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers
Congratulations on making it to Week 16 of the fantasy playoffs! We are back yet again to make sure you start your team off with some great footing as you get ready to prepare for your fantasy matchup(s)!
The first recommended kicking streamer this week is Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers. Gould had a fantastic game last week against the Falcons, making his lone field goal and all four extra point attempts. This week, I expect Gould to continue to kick well against the Tennessee Titans. The game should be competitive, and I believe the Niners will want to get as many points on the board as possible when they are in position to secure some points. As long as the weather is not a factor, start Gould with confidence in Week 16!
2. Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons
The next kicker stream for Week 16 is Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons. Recommended last week, Koo delivered for fantasy managers who started him against the San Francisco 49ers. Koo was perfect on the day, converting both FG attempts (including a 48 yarder) and making his lone extra point attempt.
The Atlanta Falcons have a dream matchup this week against the Detroit Lions. Being in a dome, weather will not be a factor, and that is always a huge plus when deciding on a kicker in late December. The Falcons should probably not have difficulty moving the ball against the Lions. I expect Koo to be used early and often in what should be a competitive game for the Falcons/Lions. Start Koo for some insane kicking upside in Week 16! Of course, that is only if you are unable to grab the best kicking option recommended next…
3. Dustin Hopkins – Los Angeles Chargers
The moment you’ve all been waiting for… the kicker stream of Week 16… Dustin Hopkins! The stars have aligned in Week 16 for Dustin “The other D-Hop” Hopkins to have a fantastic fantasy outing this week. Kicking in a dome in Houston, the Chargers are poised to light up the Houston Texans, and I expect Hopkins to have a phenomenal game this week.
On the season, Hopkins has been incredibly proficient, making 12 of 13 FGs and 23 of 25 extra point attempts. Again, I expect the Chargers to move the ball easily against the Texans, and Hopkins will greatly benefit by likely kicking the ball frequently throughout the game. Grab Hopkins for Week 16 and cruise to your fantasy championship! Best of luck in the playoffs!
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