Fantasy Football Start & Sit Kickers: Week 3
By: Corby Yarbrough | 9/23/11, 7:00 AM EDT
Week 3 of the 2011 NFL season is almost ready to kickoff, which means it is time to start getting your fantasy football lineups in order. Athlon Sports will try to help you do that each week with its Start or Sit suggestions. Keep in mind that these are suggestions and you are the owner of your fantasy team, and setting your lineup comes down to what you think is right.
This is how I work out fantasy football scoring in my mind: I want to average 16 points from my QBs, RBs, WRs and Flex and average 10 points from my TEs, Ks and DSTs. It rarely works that way, but if you could get the skill spots to average 16 and the other three to average 10, that's 132 points in a 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLX, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DST setup; it's a score that should win you most weeks.
Check back each week for Start or Sit and see who we are giving our thumbs up or thumbs down to and whether we had success or failure the week prior.
John Kasay (NO) vs. Houston — Who's the No. 1 fantasy kicker? The soon-to-be 42-year old that was signed by the Saints at the end of August. He has three field goals and seven PATs and should have opportunities for both against the Texans.
Jason Hanson (DET) at Minnesota — Trailing Kasay by just one point is the 41-year-old Lions kicker. If the Lions keep putting up numbers like they have, might as well use the kicker that already has four field goals, including one of 50-plus, and nine PATs.
Nick Novak (SD) vs. Kansas City — The Chiefs have already given up 89 points and are allowing 11.5 per game to fantasy kickers. The Chargers should be able to pile up points, and if the injuries they are currently battling slow them down, let Novak pick up a few FGs and PATs to help you and them out.
David Akers (SF) at Cincinnati — He could get the field goals and make me look like a fool here as he did in Week 1 with 15 fantasy points, but then he follows ut up with 8 against Dallas. I see a number more like 8 happening again. No Braylon Edwards, an oft-injured Michael Crabtree and a relatively quiet-so-far Frank Gore means the 49ers should have trouble moving anywhere, particularly on the road,
Shaun Suisham (PIT) at Indianapolis — A few PATs is all you should get from Suisham, the 27th-ranked kicker in Athlon scoring. Pittsburgh should move the ball at ease and have no need for a Suisham 3-pointer.
Mike Nugent (CIN) vs. San Francisco — Nugent has five field goals so far, but I don't see the need for 3-pointers against San Francisco. The Bengals perhaps try and pour it on as a Swan Song as this could be the last we see of RB Cedric Benson (pending suspension) and WR Jerome Simpson (the marijuana story) with the team for a while.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter
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