3 FanDuel Kickers to Target in Week 15
Kickers. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are a part of the game. Even in fantasy football.
While you may be tempted to do so, don't leave the position for last when building your FanDuel lineups. Just like you do with the rest of your roster, maximize your squad's potential by spending the extra minute and finding out the best options out there at kicker.
It's time to stop "punting" the spot and start giving the lonesome kicker the attention he deserves.
The following are the top-three kickers we are targeting in Week 15.
Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars
FanDuel Price: $4,700
If there ever was a week to save some cash on your kicker slot, it's this week. Thanks to a few incredibly juicy matchups, three of our top projected performers for Week 15 all cost $4,700 or less, starting with Josh Lambo.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' offense has been on a roll, scoring 30 points in each of their last two games. The boom in scoring has helped Lambo average 12.0 FanDuel points over his last two games, while going 6-for-6 on field goal attempts. A home game against the Houston Texans in Week 15 puts Lambo in a favorable spot to continue putting up the points for the Jags.
In Week 1 against Houston, Jacksonville racked up 29 points with then-kicker Jason Myers attempting 4 field goals. Since then, the Texans have continued to be friendly towards opposing kickers, giving up 2.0 made field goals and 10.2 FanDuel points per game. Over the last 5 games, Houston has surrendered multiple field goal attempts in 4 of them, with 2 kickers taking their shot at the uprights 4 times.
The Jaguars are also heavy 11.0-point home favorites in this one, setting up an ideal game script for Lambo in Week 15.
Kai Forbath, Minnesota Vikings
FanDuel Price: $4,700
If it weren't for his accuracy struggles lately, Kai Forbath would rank as a better option than Lambo this week. However, the Minnesota Vikings' kicker has made just 5 of his last 9 field goal tries over the last four weeks. Over the first nine games of the season, Forbath had been nearly automatic, drilling 22-of-23 attempts for 10.9 FanDuel points per game. Last week, Forbath seemed to find his groove again, making 3 field goals and giving us the confidence in using him in a primo matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
The Bengals are coming off an embarrassing 33-7 loss to the usually-anemic Chicago Bears, whose offense was averaging just 15.9 points per game coming into Week 14. The Bengals gave up 9 FanDuel points to Bears kicker Mike Nugent in the process. For the year, Cincinnati has been the most generous team to opposing kickers, allowing the most made (30) and attempted (34) field goals this season.
Vegas sees this game being all Vikings, too, as Minnesota is an 11.0-point home favorite while owning the fourth-highest implied point total of the week (26.5).
Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
FanDuel Price: $4,500
There is no kicker in the NFL hotter than Robbie Gould. In his last two games -- not coincidentally, since Jimmy Garoppolo took over quarterback duties for the San Francisco 49ers -- Gould has gone 9-for-9 on field goal tries for 32 total FanDuel points, the most in the NFL over the last two weeks. The once-awful Niners' offense has been able to move the ball at will, averaging 402.0 yards per game since going to Garoppolo. San Francisco's Week 15 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, is middle-of-the-road defensively, ranking 17th in points allowed per game (22.6), but Tennessee has struggled to contain opposing placekickers.
The Titans allow the most fantasy points per game to kickers (10.5) and they are tied with the Bengals for the most made field goals (30) allowed this season. Sunday's game is also being played in San Francisco, where the Niners are actually 2.0-point favorites. Add it all up and Gould is in position for another big week, and he'll cost you only the minimum salary on FanDuel.
Dale Redman is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.