Three Kickers to Stream Week 3
Welcome back to our Three Kickers to Stream article series for Week 3 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
First up for our Week 3 streams is Matt Prater for the Arizona Cardinals. Prater was perfect in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. His most impressive kick of the afternoon was a 62 yarder that likely would have been good even at 65 yards. He also connected on all four extra points.
This week, the Cardinals head to Jacksonville to play against the Jaguars in what should be an easy game for the Cardinals to pile on points. I expect many scoring opportunities for the Cardinals, and Matt Prater will likely be very busy as a result.
Matt Prater is a name to trust in Week 3, however in Week 4 he likely will not be a top option against the Rams. Confidently plan on using Prater this week, but consider fading him in Week 4 for a potentially better option at that time.
2. Graham Gano – New York Giants
The next kicker stream for Week 3 is Graham Gano of the New York Giants. Gano, like Prater, was perfect in Week 2. He made all five of his field goal attempts and he also converted on both extra points.
The Giants have a suspect offense overall which makes Gano a little riskier than Prater as a Week 3 streamer. Sometimes though, as we saw last Thursday night against Washington, not being able to score touchdowns can help out kickers to get more opportunities to get field goals. The Giants offense seems good enough to move the ball, but maybe not good enough to get a lot of TDs. This formula benefitted Gano last week, and can possibly benefit him in Week 3 and in the weeks after.
This week, Gano and the New York Giants play at home against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have struggled on both sides of the ball this year, and Gano should have plenty of opportunities to attempt some kicks. Again, while riskier, Gano has a ton of upside and should definitely be considered this week as a top kicker streamer.
3. Nick Folk – New England Patriots
The last kicker stream for Week 3 to make the cut is Nick Folk of the New England Patriots. In Week 2, Folk was perfect on field goals converting kicks from 46, 49, 32 and 26 yards against the New York Jets. In doing so, he set a franchise record of converting 33 consecutive field goals for the Patriots.
Folk did miss an extra point, but still proved to be a reliable option for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. That confidence will come in handy for this week when the Patriots face off against Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints. If the Patriots fail to get the ball into the endzone, expect Folk to get many more opportunities to extend his kicking streak.
This should be a relatively good outing for the Patriots offense and that’s why Nick Folk makes our list and is a solid option with great Week 3 potential.
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