Stephen Gostkowski Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Replacements After Patriots Kicker Placed on IR

Jason Schandl
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It's not often that kicker news can shake up the fantasy football scene, but it's also not often we see one make as much of an impact as New England Patriots' kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He has finished as a top-two fantasy scorer at the position in five of the last eight seasons. But it was announced on Wednesday that the Patriots are placing the kicker on the injured reserve.

That leaves fantasy football owners with a potential hole in their starting lineup. These three kickers are the top waiver wire streaming options to replace Gostkowski in Week 5 fantasy football.

1. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles are Week 5's second-heaviest favorites as they host the New York Jets, and that means we can expect Philadelphia to do plenty of scoring. Jake Elliott has had an underwhelming start to 2019, in part because he's only attempted four field goals and 10 extra points. He's been perfect on those kicks though, and it looks to simply be opportunity holding him back — something he should get plenty of against the Jets. Elliott is the only kicker in the top five of our Week 5 fantasy football rankings that is also available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.

2. Randy Bullock, Cincinnati Bengals

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Randy Bullock is by far the most likely one in the group to be available in your league, as he's owned in only 1 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues. The Cincinnati Bengals looked awful on Monday night, but in Week 5 they get a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, which has proven to be incredibly valuable for fantasy kickers. Kickers against Arizona have finished inside the top 12 in fantasy scoring in each of the first four weeks of the season, cracking the top-eight three times. The Cards' combination of poor defense and high-paced offense leaves opponents getting a ton of scoring opportunities, and even the Bengals should be able to get Bullock a solid fantasy score here.

3. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers

With his bye week out of the way, Robbie Gould ranks sixth at the position with 9.3 fantasy points per game in 2019. He's posted double-digit fantasy scores twice in three games, and he's in another good spot in Week 5 with the San Francisco 49ers sitting as 3.5-point home favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook against the Cleveland Browns on "Monday Night Football."

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