Fantasy Football Week 16: 5 Sleeper K’s to Start in the Playoffs

Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (9) kicks a field goal as punter Andy Lee (4) holds the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In the playoffs, everything is important. Even kickers who are usually a fantasy football afterthought can become extremely important. Just ask anyone involved in a matchup last week with Justin Tucker the kicker for the Ravens who scored  over 20 points in most scoring systems as he made all six of his FG’s including some long ones. While Tucker may have a little harder time this week against New England in a game with rain in the forecast, these five kickers are lined up for impactful weeks, so they’re a good place to start if you’re looking for a streaming option.

Phil Dawson-San Francisco 49ers

No team allows more points to opposing kickers than the Falcons who visit San Francisco for Monday Night Football. He’s actually still available in some leagues despite putting up six double-digit weeks in a row in ESPN standard scoring. He’s gone 4/4 in each of the last two weeks and makes one of the best plays of the week. If he’s available in your league, only Justin Tucker and Matt Prater make better options this week in my opinion.

Nick Novak-San Diego Chargers

Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9) prepares to kick a successful field goal as punter Mike Scifres (5) holds late in the fourth quarter against the at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Novak and the Chargers will be home in sunny San Diego as they host the Raiders who have allowed the most points in the league over the last three weeks. Novak hasn’t missed a FG since week 10 and has multiple FG’s in five of his last six games.

Greg Zuerlein-St. Louis Rams

Greg the Leg is home in the dome this week against the Bucs who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing kickers. Zuerlein is reliant on a suspect offense, but can still deliver multiple FGs depending on the matchup.

Shayne Graham-New Orleans Saints

The Saints have a brand new kicker after signing Shayne Graham this week to replace the ineffective Garrett Hartley. Graham kicked last season for the Texans going 31/38 on field goals for the year.

Josh Scobee-Jacksonville Jaguars

Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee (10) is congratulated by tackle Austin Pasztor (67) after making a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Jaguars defeated the Texans 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Scobee has 10+ points in his last three games with multiple field goals in each of those contests. This week he faces the Titans who allow the fourth-most points to opposing Kickers. When he faced them in week 10, Scobee had 10 points against the Titans. You may get flagged for excessive celebration if you go with the Jags kicker, but he actually isn’t a bad option this week at home against Tennessee.

Topics: Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football K, Fantasy Football Sleepers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Week 16

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    Dear Young Mr. Thompson
    It is a cold day today (12/22) here in Sunny San Diego. We are playing our most hated team the low life Raiders. Actually we love the players we just hate the fans. At any rate, your Patriots are having an OK year. We will be hosting the Patriots next season, so if you plan to attend the game here in San Diego don’t forget to bring your board. Even though it is only about 72o at the beach the waves are awesome, time to wax our boards dude and hang ten, cowabunga!
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