Kickin’ It: The Top 14 Kickers For Week 9
Don’t worry guys. Much like Kyle’s cousin Kyle, I’m back. Everyone gets a bye week, right? Anyways what a great couple of performances by fantasy’s most unpredictable position. Harrison Butker had a field( goal) day last night, hitting FIVE of the aforementioned kicks and tacking on two extra points, garnishing 21 points for his owners. Matt Prater came away with five field goals of his own netting his owners 18, and Mike Nugent made Jerry Jones and his fantasy owners look like geniuses earning 15 points coming off the street.
Anyways, enough of the recap. If you’re looking at fantasy kickers, chances are you know all of this already. Let’s get back to the rankings. Just a reminder we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Anyone not listed is someone you should avoid.
1. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (@ Green Bay Packers). Green Bay has been lost since Aaron Rodgers injury and it has shown. That including it’s D, which has put up fantasy scores of 3 and 2 since the said injury. Look for Detroit to run roughshod over Green Bay this weekend (ok Monday) and for Prater to feast on this D.
2. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (@ New York Giants). Coming off the bye, the Rams should be rested and ready to go. Oh, and the Giants are the biggest, hottest mess of the 2017 NFL season. So there’s that. Zuerlein only has had two weeks in which he failed to reach double digits, and that should not end here. Look for Zuerlein to have a big day here.
3. Jake Elliot, Philadelphia Eagles ( @ Denver Broncos). Denver’s D is good! Denver’s Offense is bad. Like, really bad. So for as good as D is, if the offense can’t stay on the field, that bodes well for Elliot owners. Elliot had his 5-week streak of reaching double digits snapped last week (against the 49ers of all teams) but look for him to rebound on Sunday.
4. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs ( @ Dallas Cowboys). The Cowboys D had the game of their life last week, but there’s no way that spills over, especially with a much better Kansas City offense coming into town. Butker’s point total has gone up by six and seven points the last two games, and I don’t see a reason why he can’t continue this great run.
5. Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans (vs Indianapolis Colts ). The Colts D put up their first double digits game last week against the Bengals. Well, news flash, the Texans offense is much better (could you imagine that being the case even three months ago?) than the Bengals, and there’s no chance the Colts D even sniffs that again. Fairburn should do very well in this matchup.
6. Wil Lutz. New Orleans Saints ( vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers). For as much hype as they got before this season, it’s evident that the Bucs are a year away from competing. Drew Brees & co. are competing, at least on the offensive side.
7. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans ( vs Baltimore Ravens). Baltimore’s D is not going to repeat that stellar performance. Although they have been very good. The thinking here is that Succop has been extremely reliable this season and chances are, a lot of the Tennesse scoring will come from Succop. Succop should have a good game. The Titans, not so much.
8. Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo Bills (@ New York Jets). If you do start Hauschka understand that you’re probably not going to see a lot of production until the 4th quarter. The Jets D has taken leads of 14 points into each of their last two games only to squander them away. Buffalo is a sneaky good team and probable wildcard. Hauschka should get his points here.
9. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons (@ Carolina Panthers). Did Atlanta really get back on track last week? Or was their performance just because they were playing the Jets? Bryant is a coin flip here but his potential is sky high.
10. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (@ Tennesse Titans). Baltimore’s offense is, umm, bad. Especially with Joe Flacco in the concussion protocol. He’s apparently a 50/50 shot to play Sunday. If he does, Tucker should have a good output.
11. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers (vs Atlanta Falcons). Who knows what Carolina offense will show up? I don’t. You don’t. If you do, would you let me know? Compound that with Gano’s sore knee, which apparently could be something bigger, and Gano is a risky play here.
12. Robbie Gould, San Fransisco 49ers ( vs Arizona Cardinals). Gould is reliable. but will he get his chances? Against a Cardinals team that lost its starting QB a short while ago, there’s a good chance. But again, it’s the 49ers. So who knows.
13. Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland Raiders (@ Miami Dolphins). Oakland is really disappointing this year huh? And now they have to fly out to the East Coast again for another game. That being said, playing a lackluster team like Miami could be exactly what this Oakland offense needs.
14. Blair Walsh, Seattle Seahawks ( vs Washington Redskins). Seattle has come alive as of late. this should be a real test against a pretty good team. As the offense goes, so will Walsh’s performance.