Man what a week. Stephen Gostkowski and Chris Boswell both set records with their kicks. And now this Eli Manning stuff comes out. Did you know right after that was announced the Cowboys / Giants game was flex out of the late start in Favor of Indy/ Jacksonville? Truly, we are living in Bizzaro World.
Anyways, it’s time to get down to the important stuff. Just a reminder we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Anyone not listed is someone you should avoid.
1. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (@ Arizona Cardinals). At this point, Zuerlein is the Ric Flair of kickers right? He gets knocked down and gets RIGHT back up. Over his past 5 games, he’s scored 17 points (except for two weeks ago. The Vikings D is legit). Going against a Cardinals D that has overachieved the last couple of weeks, look for Zuerlein to crush it yet again.
2. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers (@ Cincinatti Bengals). The Steelers had QUITE the scare last week against Brent Hudley & Co. But it’s doubtful that they have a repeat performance. I think Ben Roethlisberger’s offense goes hog wild on the Bengals this week, and Boswell benefits greatly.
3.Nick Novak/The Chargers Kicker (vs Cleveland Browns). So Novack, as of this writing, is apparently 50/50 for the game on Sunday. That being said, it really shouldn’t matter who is kicking for them, as the Chargers are going to run over The Browns. Phillip Rivers is killing it right now and The Browns are, well the Browns. Whoever
4. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (@ Buffalo Bills). The Bills circling the drain fast, and facing the Patriots is not the remedy for it. After dismantling the Dolphins last week, the Patriots seem to be the second-best offense in the NFL right now. They are scoring a lot of touchdowns and that should add up for Gostkowski in the coming games.
5. Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs Indianapolis Colts). The Colts have no pass rush. The Jags…don’t pass, so this whole sentence is moot. That being said, The Colts D ranks 20th against the run. Seeing how dependent the Jags are on the run, Lambo should get his chances this Sunday.
6. Nick Rose, Washington Redskins (@ Dallas Cowboys). Cowboys. Redskins. Kirk Cousins. Jerry Jones? Seriously. As we all know, The Cowboys are who we thought they were without Ezekiel Elliot. This should be a layup for the Skins. Especially with Kirk Cousins having another reason to come out firing. So look for Rose to have a big day.
7. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (vs Carolina Panthers). The Saints score points. doesn’t matter if it’s the run game or the pass, they score points. The Panthers defense has been pretty good as of late. So something has to give here. I’d toss it up.
8. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (vs Detriot Lions). This seems like a good matchup for Tucker. Detriot has no defense. So Baltimore should be able to get something going. Should. But this offense is tuuuurible. So we’ll see.
9. Jake Elliot, Philadelphia Eagles (@ Seattle Seahawks). Playing on the other side of the country always factors in. Always. That being said, The Legion of Boom is a shell of its former self and Carson Wentz’s offense is the best in the NFL. I suspect a big day for Elliot and the Eagles, but don’t be surprised if they falter just a big here.
10. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans (vs Houston Texans). I touched on this last week, but I don’t really understand the love that Ryan Succop gets. His last four games have been brutal, and he hasn’t scored more than nine points in any of them. He’ll do ok, but don’t expect an early season performance.
11. Kai Forbath, Minnesota Vikings (@ Atlanta Falcons). Has Atlanta finally figured it out Offensively? Who knows. Doesn’t really matter for Forbath, even if that is the big question in this game. Aaaanyways, Forbath has been a pretty good kicker this year. So expect a good game for him this week.
12. Chandler Canterzaro, New York Jets (vs Kanas City Chiefs). Darrelle Revis’ return aside (Traitor), this is a real toss-up game. The Chiefs need to pick up the pace. They have wrecked their fast start and are now fighting for the division, instead of running away with it. The Jets are clearly much better than people think and the Chiefs defense is ripe for the picking. If the chiefs decide to actually play, forget it. But if it’s a grind it out sort of game, look for Canterzaro to get his chances.
13. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers, (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers). If they play like they did last week, Crosby will have a day. They won’t, so it’s more likely that Crosby will produce a bit. If you’re streaming kickers, he’s not the worst.
14. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers, (@ Chicago Bears). Unless Jimmy Garapolo plays like he did last year which is unlikely considering…. everything, Gould isn’t a great pick here, but seeing as they are playing the Bears, he should be ok for a couple of points.