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The New England Patriots put up 10 points, and the Buffalo Bills put up 41. In Week 10, the NFL remained unpredictable as ever, and that included the kicker position. When looking at the top five kicker scorers for this week, two of the top five were on teams with terrible matchups this week, but that didn't matter.

In Week 11, we are closing in on that playoff push, the difference between a playoff berth or missing entirely can be just .5 points. That's one extra point that you could have by starting Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins over Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers.

Six teams head into the bye this week, so be sure to adjust your lineups accordingly. Finding a kicker to play is a little easier in weeks like this, but it's never a guarantee. Get out there early. Get your guy, and get the win.

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Week 11 Kickers To Start & Stream: Tiers & Rankings

Tier 1 NFL Kickers

1. Harrison Butker (KC) @ LAR
2. Greg Zuerlein (LAR) vs KC
3. Ryan Succop (TEN) @ IND
4. Mason Crosby (GB) @ SEA
5. Giorgio Tavecchio (ATL) vs DAL

The Kansas City Chiefs' Butker takes the top spot this week, but he and Los Angeles Rams' kicker Zuerlein are interchangeable this week. It's very possible this game tops 80 points similar to the Chiefs game against the Patriots a few weeks ago. As long as field conditions are reasonable, these two are top-flight options as they usually are. Succop bounced back last week, and he now gets the Indianapolis Colts defense that is regressing after some early season success. Offense heating up vs a cold defense is music to Succop's leg.

Crosby has bounced back greatly since his struggles weeks ago against the Detroit Lions. They head on the road to take on the Seattle Seahawks. They can be elite, but the red zone has been a weakness for them, which sets Crosby up for multiple opportunities to score. Assuming Matt Bryant is out again, Tavecchio remains a great option. The Atlanta Falcons offense is humming again, and that keeps Tavecchio as an elite option.

 

Tier 2 NFL Kickers

6. Cody Parkey (CHI) vs MIN
7. Mike Badgley (LAC) vs DEN
8. Wil Lutz (NO) vs PHI
9. Ka'imi Fairbairn (HOU) @ WAS
10. Graham Gano (CAR) @ DET

Parkey has dealt with a few accuracy issues in the past couple weeks, but he is still a great option due to the strength of the Chicago Bears offense. They've scored at least 30 points in five of their last six games. Badgley and the Los Angeles Chargers kept the game low scoring, as they rode out their defense. That could happen again this week, but this is still a high-powered offense against a struggling defense. Lutz and this New Orleans Saints offense are just too good to sit at any time.

Fairbairn and the Houston Texans have slowly been heating up these past few weeks. Against a Washington Redsskins defense that has been vulnerable at times this year, he has another good matchup. Gano and the Carolina Panthers didn't put up a lot of field goals last week, but they did score 21 points. Against a soft Detroit Lions defense, he should have more opportunities to score.

 

Tier 3 NFL Kickers

11. Chandler Catanzaro (TB) @ NYG
12. Sebastian Janikowski (SEA) vs GB
13. Justin Tucker (BAL) vs CIN
14. Dan Bailey (MIN) @ CHI
15. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs TEN

Catanzaro and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stumbled against a sneaky good Redskins defense. In a better matchup against the New York Giants, he has better odds this week. Janikowski hasn't been a noticed option for most of the season, but the Seattle Seahawks have been coming on as of late. Against a Green Bay Packers team that gives up points, he represents a good option this week.

The Cincinnati Bengals got plastered last week, and the Baltimore Ravens plan to do the same. Tucker will enjoy the opportunity to stay active this week. Bailey and the Minnesota Vikings have all the pieces to be an elite offense. They have a tough matchup this week, but he's still a solid play. Vinatieri and the Indianapolis Colts have been putting up a ton of points. They have a tougher matchup with the Tennessee Titans this week, but they should find a way to keep Vinatieri relevant.

 

Kickers to Avoid

Randy Bullock and the Bengals looked silly last week. In an even tougher defensive matchup, there isn't a ton of faith they are able to shake that off this week.

Daniel Carlson and the Oakland Raiders look like one of the worst teams in the NFL right now. Against an Arizona Cardinals defense that is playing surprisingly well, he should be avoided until the offense bounces back.

Josh Lambo and the Jacksonville Jaguars put together a decent game last week, but there is no guarantee that continues this week. They will likely be forced to throw to keep up with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that isn't what they need to do to win.

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