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2 kickers to start and 2 kickers to fade in Week 1 fantasy football

We go over who you should start and who you should sit at kicker for Week 1.

Kicker Dustin Hopkins #6 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a successful field goal during overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

The 2022 NFL season is upon us and that means it is fantasy football season once again! Drafts are complete and it’s time to start setting lineups. You invested all sorts of time and energy in picking your roster — or maybe you just set it to autodraft and are only now seeing what your roster looks like.

Whatever the case, it’s now time to make some difficult decisions about who to start and who to sit. The kicker position is one that offers a lot more flexibility. Most people wait until the final round or two to draft kickers, although the Justin Tuckers of the world still go a little earlier than they probably should.

Since kickers are easy to add and drop on a whim, there’s some flexibility for who to start and who to sit, regardless of who you actually drafted.

Kicker Starts

Dustin Hopkins, Chargers vs. Raiders

He’s currently on only 17.9% of rosters in ESPN leagues. You probably have an option already, but if you’re playing a streaming kicker strategy, his matchup against a mediocre Raiders defense is a great one.

Randy Bullock, Titans vs. Giants

Bullock is projected on the lower end of the scoring scale this week, but it’s hard not to like a player getting a crack at a bad Giants defense. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Kicker Sits

Chris Boswell, Steelers vs. Bengals

Boswell is usually a solid enough waiver option, but this year we need to figure out what to make of the Steelers offense. They’re starting Mitchell Trubisky in Week 1, while Kenny Pickett is the guy they eventually want taking over. Neither is exciting and this offense has a lot of work to do — particularly with a banged up Diontae Johnson. Let’s take a wait and see approach with Boswell.

Nick Folk, Patriots vs. Dolphins

Folks is generally a strong kicker and this “sit” is less about definitely sitting him and more just about lowering your expectations. The Patriots offense has some improved parts but a ton of questions with Mac Jones headed into his second year. It’s not a bad idea to start Folk, but you were better off looking elsewhere in your draft.