Week 6 of the NFL season brings to us the first set of bye weeks. Inevitably, this means that someone out there is going to be looking for a backup kicker that I can slide into the lineup and squeeze out more than zero points from one position. Now, if you have slightly less respect for a kicker than you do chewing gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, then you are probably just going to grab whatever kicker is available with the highest stat line.
It’s a sound enough strategy and it’s probably the safest way to keep from getting a goose egg at that position. What if you miss out on that top dog kicker in the waiver order, who should you target next?
My advice this week would be to grab the Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould.
So far this year, Gould has only attempted eight total field goals, connecting on all eight with a long of 58. Kicking for the Bears can be a mixed bag of opportunities through the course of a season. If the high powered offense installed by Marc Trestman and orchestrated by Jay Cutler is firing on all cylinders, then it tends to lead to more extra points than it does field goal attempts.
This week, however, the Bears will be facing off against the floundering New York Giants. The Giants come into this contest boasting an offense that can put up a lot of yards before turning the ball over. The Bears boast an opportunistic defense that loves to exploit mistakes by the opposing team to give their offense better field position.
Chances are strong that even if a drive stalls out, the Bears will still be in field goal position.
This could lead to Gould having a lot of opportunities to score. Gould won’t save your season, but if your starting kicker is out on a bye this week, he could fill in nicely!
Eric Beuning is a FantasyFootball writer for RantSports.com.