2016 Draft Kit

Kicker matchups for the divisional round: Sleepers and busts

In the regular season, the matchups highlighted here included only the top 10 and bottom 10 matchups in the league.

Now that we have narrowed the field down to only the best teams the matchups are a lot less clear. There’s only one good matchup at a lot of positions. Last week, I limited these matchups to just good and two bad matchups per position.

This week I’m going to list them all. Despite not having a lot of great matchups, we still need to fill out a full roster. And there’s going to be a lot of variance. Maybe a middle-of-the-pack matchup is all you care about to make a WR2 startable in your lineup.

So, with that out of the way, let’s talk about presentation. I’m not going to give you good and bad matchups this week. You get one list per position, eight-ish players. They are listed in order of best to worst. The best-to-worst listing is based on Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Averages for QB, RB, WR1, WR2, WR3/4, TE and RB (Rec.). K and DEF are ranked based on season-long schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed.

Matchups: QB | RB | WR1 | WR2 | WR3/4 | TE | K | DEF | RB (rec)

Divisional round boom-or-bust projections

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Kicker

Stephen Gostkowski vs. Baltimore — Ravens allow 10.4 points per game to kickers int he last five games, third-most in the NFL

Adam Vinatieri vs. Denver

Dan Bailey vs. Green Bay

Justin Tucker vs. New England — The Patriots have allowed middle-of-the-road numbers to opposing kickers, making Tucker and Gostkowski the only kickers without bad matchups this week according to fantasy points allowed.

Steven Hauschka vs. Carolina

Mason Crosby vs. Dallas — Despite the on-paper matchup, Crosby is an option. The Packers are supposed to score the second most points in the NFL this week, which means their kicker has to be considered.

Connor Barth vs. Indianapolis — The Broncos are expected to score the most points in the NFL this week. See Crosby, Mason, above.

Graham Gano vs. Seattle





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