PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Michael Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers kicks during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Chargers defeated the Steelers 33-30.  (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)

Top 3 Streaming Fantasy Football Kickers for Week 17

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It's hard to believe that no matter how well the rest of your lineup performs, a productive kicker can sometimes be the difference between winning a fantasy football championship or losing the biggest game of the season. Although most fantasy leagues have concluded their seasons, there are still some out there going strong until the final week of NFL football. 

Here are three of the top-streaming kicker options that could lead you to a fantasy championship  or just a nice pile of post-Christmas bonus money. 

3. Matt McCrane, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals

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Chris Boswell was just sent to the IR, so the Steelers signed Matt McCrane for their regular season finale with a matchup that is too favorable to ignore. The Bengals have had no answer for kickers this season, allowing an average of 10 FanDuel fantasy points per game to the position, the worst mark among fantasy defenses this season. In addition, Boswell put up eight fantasy points against Cincy the last time around, so McCrane should be able to duplicate that kind of success. 

2. Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants

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The Cowboys may not have much to play for heading into the season finale, but Brett Maher (available in 73 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues) looks primed for a quality performance no matter how Dallas decides to play it this weekend. The Giants have conceded the third-most FanDuel fantasy points to kickers this season, including eight of them to Maher in Week 2. The Giants' defense no longer has Landon Collins or Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the lineup like they had in the first meeting, so a repeat performance is a possibility. 

1. Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos

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Michael Badgley (available in 60 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues) hasn't produced much over the last two weeks, but he has one of the best matchups for any kicker this weekend. The Broncos have conceded the sixth-most FanDuel fantasy points to kickers this year and didn't have an answer for Badgley the first time they played the Chargers, allowing him score to 12 fantasy points. A repeat performance is definitely in the cards this weekend, so pick Badgley up before everyone else realizes who this guy is. 

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