It’s Justin Tucker’s bye week, and we’ve entered into the only time I’m ever going to implore you to keep a kicker on your bench (maybe we’ll extend that to Greg Zuerlein’s bye week, too). Week 8 sees Tucker and another starting fantasy kicker, Brett Maher, off. Tucker is the consensus No. 1 kicker in fantasy football, and it’s the first time this season he isn’t sitting atop our kicker rankings. In reality, he makes my job easy. I only ever have to worry about No. 2 through the end of the list. That’s why you should keep Tucker.

Every week from Week 9 onward, you’ll start Tucker. You might be in a roster crunch because of injuries have to drop him, but rest assured someone else will pick him up and get the most consistent kicker in football. If you can hold him, do it because you won’t have to think about kicker for the rest of the season that way.

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Who should you target this week if you have Tucker? Joey Slye, coming off a bye week for Carolina, could’ve been dropped and should be the first option for a pickup. Browns’ kicker Austin Seibert is also coming off a bye and would be a good second option to Slye. 

There’s also a couple favorable kicker matchups/locations this week. Oakland kicker Daniel Carlson should have a good game in Houston’s dome, as should Dan Bailey at home in his dome against the terrible Redskins. You could also target Josh Lambo against the Jets, as the Jags’ kicker rarely misses from inside 50 yards.

Week 8 Fantasy Rankings: Kicker

1 Greg Zuerlein, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)
2 Wil Lutz, NO vs. ARZ
3 Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU vs. OAK
4 Harrison Butker, KC vs. GB
5 Joey Slye, CAR @ SF
6 Matt Bryant, ATL vs. SEA
7 Jason Myers, SEA @ ATL
8 Jake Elliott, PHI @ BUF
9 Daniel Carlson, OAK @ HOU
10 Dan Bailey, MIN vs. WAS
11 Mason Crosby, GB @ KC
12 Matt Prater, DET vs. NYG
13 Eddy Pineiro, CHI vs. LAC
14 Austin Seibert, CLE @ NE
15 Mike Nugent, NE vs. CLE
16 Josh Lambo, JAX vs. NYJ
17 Aldrick Rosas, NYG @ DET
18 Brandon McManus, DEN @ IND
19 Matt Gay, TB @ TEN
20 Stephen Hauschka, BUF vs. PHI
21 Chris Boswell, PIT vs. MIA
22 Dustin Hopkins, WAS @ MIN
23 Robbie Gould, SF vs. CAR
24 Chase McLaughlin, LAC @ CHI
25 Cody Parkey, TEN vs. TB
26 Randy Bullock, CIN vs. LAR (in UK)
27 Jason Sanders, MIA @ PIT
28 Adam Vinatieri, IND vs. DEN
29 Sam Ficken, NYJ @ JAX
30 Zane Gonzalez, ARZ @ NO

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