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    Week 1 – Kicker Rankings

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    While it is true that many leagues have either eliminated the kicker position in their leagues or just decided to not go without one from the start, but kickers are a apart of the game we all love and when it comes down to it, the kickers can make or break a single week in fantasy football. Kickers are often wildcards in fantasy football and often unpredictable but here are my kicker rankings anyways.

    Matt Prater benefited from playing in the highest scoring offense ever in 2013 and was by far the most fantasy relevant kicker in fantasy, kicking 23 more extra points than the next kicker on the list. Stephen Gostkowski, Justin Tucker, and Adam Vinitari were top three kickers in the terms of field goal attempts and are all serious contenders to finish in that area again.

    The NFL will see plenty of newcomers in the kicker rankings such as: Chandler Catanzaro (ARI), Patrick Murray (TB), Maikon Bonani (TEN), Nate Freese (DET), Cody Parkey (PHI), and Cairo Santos (KC). They all taking over kicking duties for their respective teams. We could see a swarm of waiver claims over Freese and Parkey as they play on high-scoring offenses and are primed for great rookie seasons because of that.

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    RankPlayerTeamOpponent
    1Justin TuckerBALCIN
    2Matt BryantATLNO
    3Phil DawsonSFDAL
    4Robbie GouldCHIBUF
    5Steven HauschkaSEAGB
    6Stephen GostkowskiNE@MIA
    7Nate FreeseDETNYG
    8Adam VinatieriIND@DEN
    9Greg ZeurleinSTLMIN
    10Blair WalshMIN@STL
    11Dan BaileyDAL@SF
    12Cody ParkeyPHIJAC
    13Mason CrosbyGB@SEA
    14Nick FolkNYJOAK
    15Sebastian JanikowskiOak@NYJ
    16Graham GanoCAR@TB
    17Chandler CatanzaroARISD
    18Nick NovakSD@ARI
    19Cairo SantosKCTEN
    20Kai ForbathWAS@HOU

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    Analysis: 

    1 — Justin Tucker: Baltimore’s lackluster offense should allow Tucker and his big boot to have a great game against the Bengals and it puts him as the best option in this weeks kicker rankings. Tucker has had success before against Cincinnati going 5 for 5 on field goal attempts last season. But Tuckers best game against the Bengals came in 2012 where he  drilled 3 field goals (39,40,46) and 5 extra points.

    2 — Matt Bryant: Bryant has had plenty of opportunities to kick against the Saints, partially because the Falcons have played well offensively and partially because every time these two teams play they play inside of a dome. Last season Bryant kicked 5 field goals (20,29, 37, 45, 55) and 5 extra points when playing the Saints. I see the Falcons with plenty scoring opportunities this week at home vs the Saints.

    3 — Phil Dawson: Dallas defense looks to be one of the worst in the NFL and in week one that should show clearly. I have been down on many 49er players but their running game can move the ball with Gore leading the way. Dawson should have plenty of opportunities in week 1 even with a limited history vs the Cowboys. I like him as an elite kicker this week.

    4 — Robbie Gould: Chicago’s offense looks awesome this season and Gould should benefit greatly from this. Buffalo’s defense is better than what they are given credit for but Gould will get his looks in this offense that looks to move the ball with ease over any offense. Chicago will get a huge test to their run d in this game and if they’re as improved as they look Gould will have a chance to be stellar in week 1 which is why he’s 4th in the kicker rankings.

    5 — Steven Hauschka: Hauschka has been one of the more reliable kickers over the past couple of seasons and with good reason. The Seahawks offense is based on the running game and attaining first downs while dominating time of possession, this is the perfect scheme for a kicker to thrive. Outside of the running game, Seattle has no red-zone receiving threats and that could prove beneficial for Hauschka especially in week 1 against a Green Bay defense who were 24th and 25th respectively, in points and yards allowed for 2013.

    6 — Stephen Gostkowski: New England brings its Tom Brady led offense to Miami during week 1, last season Gostkowski had kicked 2 field goals and 2 extra points in each game they played. Gostkowski has averaged 1.6 field goal attempts per game and 3 converted extra points per game when playing Miami in his career. Gostkowski is reliable and should be good for a couple field goals and a few extra points as well for the 6th best player in the kicker rankings this week.

    7 — Nate Freese: Detroit is looking to start a kicker that they drafted for the first time since 1992 and in an offense which in recent years had done very well for ex-kicker Jason Hanson. Freese starts the season vs a Giants defense that gave up the 18th most amount points last season and should be in order for a fine debut against New York. His value should only rise as he will grow his name and recognition in analyst’s kicker rankings.

    8 — Adam Vinatieri: Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck are facing each other to start the season and one should expect nothing less than fireworks. Adam Vinatieri has proved himself as Mr.Reliable over his career and should manage to kick a couple field goals in the game as well as the extra points from the shootout that looks to ensue.

    09-14: Dan Bailey will have a very solid season but may struggle in week one as the 49ers defense is always tough for any kickers ranking. Greg Zeurlein aka Greg the Leg should be able to boot one through in week one but with no strong passing threat the Rams offense could struggle a lot. Mason Crosby is a boom or bust pick in week 1 playing the Seahawks in Seattle but playing with Aaron Rodgers does have its perks.

    15-20: The Polish Cannon Sebastian Janikowski should be a formidable kicker in 2014 as the Raiders look to have an improved offense but playing the Jets in week one is a much tougher than people assume, 11th in yards allowed in 2013.  Chandler Catanzaro is making his debut for Arizona where many people believe it’s the best offense the team has had in years. The Washington redskins are another team with upside that Kai Forbath who’s kicker rankings should benefit from, if that potential comes to fruition.


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