For my fantasy kicker rankings for Week 9, the logic is pretty simple behind one of the bigger elevations this week. When the defenses aren't good, take the offenses. And when the offenses aren't good, take the kickers.
Therefore, I have Jason Sanders just inside the line of viable starting kickers this week. Lest we forget, Sanders was the No. 1 kicker in fantasy last season. He made all 36 of his extra points last year and connected on all but three of his field goals. The issue this year is not that he missing kicks, but missing opportunity.
Last year he averaged nearly 2.3 FG attempts a game. Through the first eight weeks of the 2021 season, he's averaging 1.5. That's almost one less per game. Let's assume he made only six of those eight FGs, which would actually be much lower than his usual success fate. That's a minimum of 18 points.
Let's round it up to 20 because most leagues offer more than three points for longer FGs. And if you don't like that, let's give him two additional extra points. Well, with those additional 20 points, he suddenly is one of the top dozen scoring kickers again this year!
Yes, this year is this year. But the point is that it is his team hurting Sanders, not that he is any less talented than he was last year. And with the Houston Texans giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to kickers, Sanders should see some positive regression this week. If you are streaming kickers, Sanders makes for a great choice this week.
NFL Kicker Rankings: Week 9
Teams on bye: Detroit, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Washington
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.