Kickin’ It: The Top 14 Kickers For Week 3
Hello, again Fantasy Football players. Great week two amirite? Kansas City seems to me like a force to be reckoned with, even with the loss of Eric Berry. New England Seems to have righted their ship, containing a usually high-octane New Orleans offense. However, the most entertaining moment HAD to be the Dolphins/ Chargers game coming down to the leg of Younghoe Koo (again). Bill Cowher might think that Kickers aren’t football players, but try telling that to those guys when their performances can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Anyways let’s get back to the important stuff. Ranking Fantasy Kickers. Just a reminder we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Anyone not listed is someone you should avoid.
So without further adieu,
1. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons ( @Detriot Lions). Great game for Bryant last week. Aside from hitting on both of his field goals, Atlanta’s offense, to quote Dy-lon, “spits hot fire”. Bryant benefitted, hitting all four of his extra points, for 14 points (standard leagues).
2. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers (vs. New Orleans). The loss of Greg Olsen be damned (literally, I had him in one of my leagues) Carolina’s offense is going to roll this week against New Orleans tuuuribile defense. Gano had a good game last week, hitting all three of his field goals in a tuuuuuurible game, and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.
3. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers (@ Chicago Bears). Boswell had a great game against last week, hitting all four of his field goals and both extra points in the Steelers win over the Vikings. Look for Boswell to get the bulk of his points on extra points this week, as the Bears defense reeks as bad as an actual bear.
4. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys (@Arizona Cardinals). Although his team got embarrassed, Baily himself did alright in their game against Denver, hitting both of his extra points as well as a field goal. Look for Dallas to come back with a vengeance next week against a weak Cardinals team.
5. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angles Rams (@San Francisco Giants). Zuerlein has had a great month of September, scoring 26 points in 2 games. Expect more of the same against a tuuurible 49er’s crew.
6. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans (vs. Seattle Seahawks). Succop has had a very solid start to the season, hitting 6 out of 7 field goals and not missing any of his 5 extra points. The one thing that does bother me is who the Titans are facing, Seattle. Now Seattle’s Offensive line is garbage. I honestly think they are just as bad a the Giants O-line. And that trickles down to the whole team. But, I think there is just too much talent for that defense to not take seriously.
7. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (vs. Houston Texans). Brian Cushing’s constant suspensions/injuries aside, Houston’s D is one of the best in the NFL. They kept the Patriots on their toes last year during the playoffs, with many people claiming they would have won if they had a QB. Big if there, but anyways, this could be a boom or bust game for Gostkowski. Start him, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t have his typical output.
8. Chandler Catanzaro, New York Jets (vs Miami). Believe it or not, The Jets Offense is not the issue with this current team, and Catanzaro has put up some very respectable numbers the first two games of the season. He hasn’t missed a kick this year (4 field goals, 2 extra points). If you get the chance, he is not a bad start.
9. Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland Raiders (@ Washington Redskins). Tavecchio had a good game last week against the Jets (One field goal made, six extra points made), but between traveling cross country and The Oakland Raiders facing stiffer competition, I wouldn’t expect as good of a performance.
10. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (“@”Jacksonville). Baltimore hasn’t really been giving Tucker the chances he got last year. Makes sense, with how well their defense has been playing, you get a lead and just kind of take the air out of the football. And, Tucker’s streak finally broke with a miss. And the Ravens are flying across the pond this week to play the London, er, Jacksonville Jaguars. So maybe not the best play. Definitely, not someone you want to drop, but again the England games are usually sloppy as hell, so beware.
11. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals). Crosby, much like Tucker, has not performed up to the level expected of him, fantasy wise. I personally believe that will change this upcoming game now that Cincinnati has reverted to their pre-Andy Dalton days, but man, this has been disconcerting. To put it in perspective, Crosby has scored 1 more point all year than Chandler Catanzaro did just last game.
12. Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo Bills (vs. Denver Broncos). Denver good. Bills not as good ( In all seriousness their start has been surprising considering how well they played Carolina). However, Denver is on another level than the two other teams Buffalo has played so far. Look for Hauschka to get limited opportunities.
13. Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans (@New England Patriots). Bill Belichick is going to give Desean Watson fits. To paraphrase two of the greatest comedy of all time, “Fairbairn, so hot right now…NOT”.
14. Kai Forbath, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers). If Tampa’s D plays anything like they did last week, then Forbath is not going to have a good game, it’s that simple.