Week 7 Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Matt Bryant and Difference-Making Ks

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIOctober 20, 2011

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 02:  Kicker Matt Bryant #3 and holder Matt Bosher #5 of the Atlanta Falcons watch the flight of a field goal in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Kickers are an ever changing position in the world of fantasy football. I guess I can't speak for every league in the world, but every one I have ever been in is played that way.

Owners look for matchups, and stadiums, and that changes from week to week. Also, since almost no team carries more than one kicker, most are available.

Taking a look at Week 7, which kickers will make the biggest difference? Just because they change a lot doesn't mean that they can't make the difference between a win and a loss.


Sebastian Janikowski

Here's the thing with Sunday's Chiefs vs. Raiders game. The Raiders are far and away the better team. At home, I can't imagine them having too much of a problem winning this one and winning pretty convincingly.

Actually, I think that the Carson Palmer trade will be a good thing for the Raiders, at least as far as 2011 is concerned. But I don't think he'll have an especially great week this week.

So, I do expect the Raiders to move the ball relatively well, but I expect them to have to settle for a couple of field goals along the way.

Considering Janikowski can make field goals from just about anywhere on the field, there are worse things to happen to a team.

I like Janikowski to kick at least three field goals, with a few extra points to go along with it. Additionally, don't be surprised if at least one of those kicks comes from a long distance.


Matt Bryant

Bryant is a solid kicker, who will be kicking indoors.

Like the Raiders, he plays for a team with a potent offense that will have a hard time scoring touchdowns.

In this case, they will have a problem scoring touchdowns because of the defense against them. Now, unlike the Raiders, I don't think the falcons will win the game. Still, a few field goals from Bryant, along with a few extra points, will go a long way in making him a strong fantasy kicker this week.


John Kasay

I'll be the first to admit that I can overrate the Saints on occasion. But offensively, this team is still one of the best in the league.

The Colts have an defense that will be just good enough to turn a few New Orleans touchdowns into field goals. Also, the Saints will give Kasay quite a few extra point attempts.

In a dome, I really like the chances of Kasay kicking early and often. It wouldn't at all surprise me to see him record 10 or more points for the Saints.

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