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

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    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

     

    RankPlayerTeamStatusWeek 2
    Opponent
    Analysis
    1Matt BryantATLPSTLAtlanta’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.
    2Justin TuckerBALCLEThe defending champs will be out for blood in
    their home opener. This second year kicker
    continues to be consistent.
    3Greg ZuerleinSTL@ATLAfter 4 field goals and an extra point in week 1,
    I expect another solid performance against an
    average Atlanta defense.
    4Stephen GostkowskiNENYJUsually everyone’s No. 1, he typically doesn’t
    get the FG chances that he should this week
    against a tough NYJ defense.
    5Blair WalshMIN@CHIAnother young kicker with an absolute boot.
    Led the league in 50-yarders last season.
    Should get a few more against Chicago.
    6Matt PraterDEN@NYGAfter giving up 36 points to Dallas, at the very
    least Prater will get 7 more extra points.
    7Dan BaileyDAL@KCDallas’ offense is clearly good, so Bailey
    should be a safe start every week.
    8Sebastian JanikowskiOAK PJACThe Raiders didn’t look awful and Jacksonville
    gave up 24 points in week 1. This could be a
    field goal battle.
    9Phil DawsonSF@SEAThe most accurate kicker ever is going up
    against a tough defense. That means lots
    of field goal attempts.
    10Garrett HartleyNO@TBKickers on team’s with great offenses are
    always a safe bet, especially against Tampa Bay.
    11David AkersDET@ARIAkers will get plenty of chances because of
    Detroit’s offense.
    12Jay FeelyARIDETArizona’s offense has new life with Carson
    Palmer. Feely is consistent and a safe start.
    13Josh BrownNYGDENBrown’s value will fluctuate as the Giants offense
    has some consistency issues.
    14Nick FolkNYJ@NEFolk was clutch with a game winner in Week 1,
    and should get plenty of kicks this week and
    all season.
    15Adam VinatieriINDMIAThe most clutch kicker of all time is now 40.
    That shouldn’t matter though.
    16Josh ScobeeJAC@OAKRemember the field goal battle mentioned
    above? This is the other guy, but only if
    the Jaguars can move the ball.
    17Rob BironasTEN@HOUGoing up against a tough defense, but the
    Tennessee offense is better and Bironas
    will benefit.
    18Caleb SturgisMIA@INDA nice first game by the rookie, including two
    40-plus yarders. If the Miami offense can
    improve, he could move on up.
    19Randy BullockHOUTENMissed 2012 due to injury. High hopes for
    a young kicker with a big leg.
    20Robbie GouldCHIMINMinnesota’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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