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Week 2 Kicker (K) Rankings and Analysis – Fantasy Football 2013

Most people (including myself) wait until the last round of their draft to take a kicker. While that will always be my style and recommendation, that doesn’t mean your kicker isn’t important.  While Stephen Gostkowski (New England) is typically the first to go, he’s never my favorite. I want field goals, and while Gostkowski is fairly accurate, he leads the league in extra points.  If your league is anything like mine, you look for guys like Greg Zuerlein (St. Louis) and Blair Walsh (Minnesota) who have monster legs to brings in the 50-plus yard shots.

However, it’s also important to consider the team’s offense. While Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland) can also kick it a mile, the Raiders don’t exactly have a consistent offense. If they can’t move the ball across midfield, you might end up with no points and that’s something no one can afford.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost by a couple points, so believe it or not, adding a new kicker could help get your team to the next level. Zuerlein is only owned in about a third of all leagues, and I will likely have him in my top five all season. Other widely available guys in my top 10 are Garrett Hartley (NO), who is somehow only owned in about a fifth of all leagues, and Dan Bailey (DAL), who is still available in about a third of leagues.

You might be surprised with who you find below, but remember this: these rankings are week-to-week and not a reflection of the entire season. Make sure you check out our other position rankings. As always, our forums are completely free, and you can engage with our community and writers as we help get your fantasy lineups set for the week ahead.

Week 2 Kicker Rankings and Analysis

 

Rank Player Team Status Week 2
Opponent
Analysis
1 Matt Bryant ATL P STL Atlanta’s home opener is against a Rams team
that gave up 24 points to Arizona. The Falcons
high-powered offense should give Bryant
plenty of chances.
2 Justin Tucker BAL CLE The defending champs will be out for blood in
their home opener. This second year kicker
continues to be consistent.
3 Greg Zuerlein STL @ATL After 4 field goals and an extra point in week 1,
I expect another solid performance against an
average Atlanta defense.
4 Stephen Gostkowski NE NYJ Usually everyone’s No. 1, he typically doesn’t
get the FG chances that he should this week
against a tough NYJ defense.
5 Blair Walsh MIN @CHI Another young kicker with an absolute boot.
Led the league in 50-yarders last season.
Should get a few more against Chicago.
6 Matt Prater DEN @NYG After giving up 36 points to Dallas, at the very
least Prater will get 7 more extra points.
7 Dan Bailey DAL @KC Dallas’ offense is clearly good, so Bailey
should be a safe start every week.
8 Sebastian Janikowski OAK  P JAC The Raiders didn’t look awful and Jacksonville
gave up 24 points in week 1. This could be a
field goal battle.
9 Phil Dawson SF @SEA The most accurate kicker ever is going up
against a tough defense. That means lots
of field goal attempts.
10 Garrett Hartley NO @TB Kickers on team’s with great offenses are
always a safe bet, especially against Tampa Bay.
11 David Akers DET @ARI Akers will get plenty of chances because of
Detroit’s offense.
12 Jay Feely ARI DET Arizona’s offense has new life with Carson
Palmer. Feely is consistent and a safe start.
13 Josh Brown NYG DEN Brown’s value will fluctuate as the Giants offense
has some consistency issues.
14 Nick Folk NYJ @NE Folk was clutch with a game winner in Week 1,
and should get plenty of kicks this week and
all season.
15 Adam Vinatieri IND MIA The most clutch kicker of all time is now 40.
That shouldn’t matter though.
16 Josh Scobee JAC @OAK Remember the field goal battle mentioned
above? This is the other guy, but only if
the Jaguars can move the ball.
17 Rob Bironas TEN @HOU Going up against a tough defense, but the
Tennessee offense is better and Bironas
will benefit.
18 Caleb Sturgis MIA @IND A nice first game by the rookie, including two
40-plus yarders. If the Miami offense can
improve, he could move on up.
19 Randy Bullock HOU TEN Missed 2012 due to injury. High hopes for
a young kicker with a big leg.
20 Robbie Gould CHI MIN Minnesota’s defense got destroyed by
Detroit. Gould should get plenty of action.

Check out all of our rankings for the week ahead!

QB  -  RB  - WR  - TE  -  K

P = Probable
Note: Opponents are always taken into account when ranking players week to week.

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