Analysis

Streaming Kickers and D/STs for Week 6

Don’t look now, but bye weeks are upon us. That makes it more likely you’re streaming kickers and D/STs in Week 6.

Teams on a Bye: Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Las Vegas Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

As a reminder, eligible kickers and defenses for this column must not be rostered in more than 50% of leagues, per FantasyPros’ rostership data. Following these guidelines doesn’t hurt, either.

Best Traits to Look For Streaming Kickers

  • Potentially high-scoring matchups
  • Teams with good, but not great, red-zone efficiency
  • Domes/good weather

Best Traits to Look For Streaming D/STs

  • Potentially low-scoring matchups
  • Slow-paced offenses
  • Turnover-prone quarterbacks
  • Bad weather

Kickers to Stream in Week 6

Dustin Hopkins/Taylor Bertolet vs. Denver

Note: Hopkins no longer carries an injury designation for the game.

  • Both rostered in fewer than 14% of leagues
  • Hopkins missed Week 5 with a quad injury
  • Hopkins scored 10 fantasy points in Week 4
  • Bertolet scored 12 fantasy points in Week 5
  • The Broncos have allowed the third-most fantasy points to kickers this season
  • Vegas projects the Chargers to score more than 25 points: Implied Total – 25.25 points
  • That’s currently the seventh-highest total this week
  • The Chargers are averaging the ninth-most points per game this season
  • The Broncos are allowing the fourth-fewest points per game this season
  • This could be a stalemate decided by kickers

Jake Elliott/Cameron Dicker vs. Dallas

Note: Elliott no longer carries an injury designation for the game.

  • Both rostered in fewer than 15.7% of leagues
  • Elliott missed Week 5 with an ankle injury
  • Dicker scored 9 points in Elliott’s place
  • Dallas allowed 13+ fantasy points to kickers in each of the first weeks
  • Vegas projects the Eagles to score more than 23 points: Implied Total – 23.75 points
  • That’s currently the 12th-highest total this week
  • The Eagles are averaging the third-most points per game
  • The Cowboys are allowing the third-fewest points per game
  • The Cowboys are also allowing the fourth-most field goal attempts per game
  • While I expect the Eagles to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if this game is closer than people think

Cairo Santos vs. Commanders

  • Rostered in 1% of leagues
  • Santos has scored 29 fantasy points over the last two weeks
  • Commanders have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to kickers this season
  • They’ve also allowed 11+ fantasy points to kickers three times this season
  • Vegas projects a close, yet low-scoring game: Bears -1, O/U 38
  • The Bears’ slow offense could mean more failed red-zone trips, which can lead to more field goals
  • The Bears are among the teams with the fifth-most field goal attempts per game
  • The Commanders are allowing the fifth-most points per game

Jason Myers vs. Arizona

  • Rostered in 2.7% of leagues
  • Myers has scored 10+ fantasy points in each of the last three games
  • In that span, Myers is 7-for-8 in field goals
  • He’s also made at least two field goals in each of those three games
  • The Cardinals have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to kickers this season
  • The Seahawks are averaging the seventh-most points per game
  • The Cardinals are allowing the eighth-most points per game
  • Vegas projects a high-scoring game: O/U 50.5

D/STs to Stream in Week 6

Panthers D/ST at Rams

  • Rostered in 3.1% of leagues
  • Panthers D/ST is 13th in fantasy points
  • The Rams have shockingly allowed the most points to opposing D/STs
  • Seriously, look at how many points these D/STs have scored against them, in order:
    • Bills: 18
    • Falcons: 16
    • Cardinals: 3
    • 49ers: 22
    • Cowboys: 22
  • For context, the Panthers ironically have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs…by 30 points fewer than the Rams
  • Only the Saints have more giveaways per game than the Rams
  • Matthew Stafford is tied for the most interceptions thrown 

Jaguars D/ST at Colts

  • Rostered in 35.3% of leagues
  • Jaguars D/ST is seventh in fantasy points
  • No team has averaged fewer points per game than the Colts
  • The Colts have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs this season
  • That includes 0 points to Houston in Week 1
  • More importantly, that also includes 9+ points in every game since
  • The Colts have turned the ball over at least twice in all but Week 3
  • The Jaguars are averaging the third-most takeaways this season
  • The Colts have allowed 3+ sacks in every game but Week 1
  • Matt Ryan is tied for the most interceptions thrown 

Bears D/ST vs. Commanders

  • Rostered in 6.2% of leagues
  • The Commanders have scored the sixth-fewest points per game
  • The Commanders have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs. That includes 2+ sacks in every game
  • Carson Wentz is third in most interceptions thrown 
  • Remember that Vegas projects the lowest-scoring game of the week: O/U 38
  • Yes, the Bears’ D/ST has yet to score more than nine points
  • Starting them is banking on a low-scoring game and a turnover or two

Chargers D/ST vs. Broncos

  • Rostered in 46.7% of leagues
  • Chargers D/ST is *gulp* 31st in fantasy points
  • But, the Broncos have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs
  • That includes three straight games of 9+ points
  • Teams have sacked Russell Wilson 3+ times in each game since Week 2
  • Only the Colts have averaged fewer points per game than the Broncos
  • Vegas projects the Broncos to score the 11th-fewest points: Implied Total – 20.25

Watch More: Why the 49ers Have the NFL’s Best Defense

Analysis

Streaming Kickers & D/STs For Week 5

Let’s skip the fluff and get into it: if you’re here, you need a new kicker and/or D/ST to stream in Week 5. Just remember what to look for when streaming these positions.

Best Traits to Look For When Streaming Kickers

  • Potentially high-scoring matchups
  • Teams with good, but not great, redzone efficiency
  • Domes or good weather

Best Traits to Look For When Streaming D/STs

  • Potentially low-scoring matchups
  • Slow-paced offenses
  • Turnover-prone quarterbacks
  • Bad weather

As a reminder, eligible kickers and defenses for this column must not be rostered in more than 50% of leagues, per FantasyPros’ rostership data.

Kickers to Stream in Week 5

Seahawks’ Jason Myers at New Orleans

  • Rostered in 1.5% of leagues
  • Tied for kicker No. 16 in fantasy points
  • Myers has scored 11 and 13 fantasy points in the last two weeks, respectively
  • 6/7 in field goals
  • 11/11 in extra points
  • Seahawks are tied for the 18th-most field goal attempts per game
  • Seahawks have scored the 11th-most points
  • Saints defense has allowed the most field goal attempts this season
  • Saints D/ST has allowed the most fantasy points to kickers this season
  • They’ve also allowed 10+ fantasy points in each game
  • That includes 18 points to Atlanta in Week 1 and 12 points to Carolina in Week 3
  • Saints defense is tied for the 9th-most points allowed per game
  • Vegas projects a close game (NO -4)
  • Indoor game

Cowboys’ Brett Maher at Los Angeles Rams

  • Rostered in 18.9% of leagues
  • Kicker No. 3 in fantasy points
  • Excluding Week 1, he’s scored 11+ points every week
  • 10/11 in field goals
  • 5/6 in extra points
  • 4/5 in field goals 50+ yards
  • Cowboys are tied for the second-most field goal attempts per game
  • Cowboys are tied for the 27th-most points scored
  • Rams D/ST has allowed 10+ fantasy points to kickers only once (14 points to Arizona in Week 3)
  • Rams defense has allowed the 18th-fewest points per game
  • Vegas projects a close game (LAR -4.5)
  • Indoor game

Jaguars’ Riley Patterson vs. Houston

  • Rostered in 8.6% of leagues
  • Tied for kicker No. 13 in fantasy points
  • Excluding Week 4 at Philadelphia, Patterson has scored 8+ points in each game
  • 7/8 in field goals
  • 10/10 in extra points
  • Jaguars are tied for the fourth-most red zone scoring attempts per game
  • Jaguars are tied for the sixth-most points scored
  • Texans D/ST has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to kickers
  • They’ve also allowed an average of 11 fantasy points to kickers
  • Texans defense has allowed the 17th-fewest points per game

Vikings’ Greg Joseph vs. Chicago

  • Rostered in 47% of leagues
  • Tied for kicker No. 13 in fantasy points
  • Scored 13 and 18 fantasy points in Weeks 1 and 4, respectively
  • Scored three combined points in Weeks 2 and 3
  • 8/10 in field goals
  • 8/9 in extra points
  • Vikings are tied for the second-most field goal attempts per game
  • Vikings have scored the 15th-most points
  • Bears D/ST has allowed 8+ fantasy points to kickers in each of the last three games
  • Bears’ defense has allowed the 11th-fewest points per game

D/STs to Stream in Week 5

Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST vs. Houston Texans

  • Rostered in 31.8% of leagues
  • Fifth-highest scoring D/ST in fantasy
  • Only three teams have allowed fewer points per game than the Jaguars
  • They’ve recorded at least one interception and sack in every game
  • Opposing D/STs have scored the 12th-most fantasy points against the Texans 
  • Houston averages the sixth-fewest yards per game
  • Davis Mills has three touchdowns and four picks over the last two games

Minnesota Vikings D/ST vs. Chicago Bears

  • Rostered in 35.2% of leagues
  • Vikings have allowed the 12th-fewest points this season
  • They’ve recorded an interception in three of four games
  • They’ve recorded multiple sacks in three of four games
  • Opposing D/STs have scored the fourth-most fantasy points against the Bears 
  • Chicago averages 1.8 giveaways and 2.3 fumbles per game – both top-four metrics
  • Chicago averages the second-fewest yards per game
  • Vegas projects this to be the third-lowest scoring game of Week 5

Carolina Panthers D/ST vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • Rostered in 3.1% of leagues
  • Panthers D/ST has scored 22 points over the last two weeks
  • Panthers have allowed the 13th-fewest points this season
  • They’ve recorded at least one sack in every game
  • They’ve scored a defensive touchdown in each of the last two games
  • Opposing D/STs have scored the 10th-most fantasy points against the 49ers 
  • San Francisco is just below league average in total yards per game
  • Vegas projects this to be the lowest-scoring game of Week 5
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