Written and Ranked by Daniel House
1. Stephen Gostkowski @ DAL
Accuracy has been a problem across the league, but Stephen Gostkowski is one of just eight kickers to make all of his field goal tries. Not to mention, he has booted a whopping seven field goal attempts over the last two weeks of play. At the same time, the Patriots have been demoralizing opponents and it’s led to ten extra point tries over that two game stretch. Finally, Dallas has surrendered the fifth-most field goals (9) to opposing offenses. The Ghost is going to ring in the cheesiest holiday month ever and I have mixed feelings about it.
2. Justin Tucker vs. CLE
Keeping it between the posts is kind of important. Considering the field goal attempts leader is on the street, Justin Tucker has now taken his reign as the attempts leader (11). The Browns have surrendered multiple field goal tries in each of their last two games. What’s more, Baltimore’s drives have been stalling as they’ve scored touchdowns in the red zone a measly 45% of the time. Finally, Tucker has notched two or more field goals in three of his last four contests against the Browns.
3. Mason Crosby vs. STL
This might be the first test for a Packers offense that has been in full domination mode. However, the Rams are coming off a big win and St. Louis has Jeff Fisher Post-Win Syndrome. This is a chronic illness that impacts a team’s ability to win the week following an upset. Mason Crosby has still managed to tally attempts in an efficient offense, picking up multiple tries in two of his last three contests. What’s more, the Rams have allowed the second-most attempts to opposing kickers. In fact, they’ve surrendered a gargantuan seven field goals over the last two weeks of play.
4. Steven Hauschka @ CIN
Steven Hauschka has been dynamite through the first four weeks of play and is a part of a very select group of kickers who haven’t had accuracy problems. He’s notched two or more attempts in three of the first four contests. Not to mention, no kicker has accumulated more 40+ yards tries than Hauschka. Just one team has allowed more attempts than the Cincinnati Bengals defense. Last week, they managed to surrender a Herculean seven tries to Cairo Santos. In the history of the team, Cincinnati had never allowed more than six field goals in one game.
5. Matt Bryant vs. WSH
As the Falcons have put a stomping on their opponents, Matt Bryant’s total attempts have taken a hit. Atlanta has scored touchdowns in the red zone 80% of the time – a league-high. However, the Redskins have surrendered four tries over the last two games. In each of Bryant’s last two matchups with Washington, he has notched multiple attempt performances. Not to mention, only Stephen Hauschka has accumulated more 40+ yard tries than Bryant.
6. Josh Brown vs. SF
The Giants have the second-worst red zone touchdown scoring percentage (30.7%) in the league. Just four other kickers have logged more total attempts (10) than Josh Brown. Not to mention, he has tallied multiple field goal performances in every game but one. San Francisco has allowed the third-fewest attempts, but just three teams have surrendered more extra points. What’s more, opposing teams have kicked field goals on 30% of their total red zone trips against the 49ers.
7. Brandon McManus @ OAK
I want to talk about McDonalds serving all day breakfast. First of, it’s about time. If I want a McMuffin I should be able to get one at 11:01 am. Secondly, I like Brandon McManus this week. For the first time since week one, Brandon McManus notched a multiple field goal performance. Just two teams have allowed more attempts (11) than the Oakland Raiders. Each week, Oakland has surrendered two or more tries. Not to mention, Denver is scoring touchdowns in the red zone just 40% of the time in each of their last two contests.
8. Dan Bailey vs. NE
Dan Bailey got into an altercation and I love it. Pesky kickers getting into it with former teammates is what life is all about. It’s like getting into a bar fight with a former co-worker. Dan Bailey has tallied two or more attempts in three of his first four contests. The Patriots have allowed just one field goal over the last two weeks of play, but they haven’t been challenged yet. What’s more, since Brandon Weeden took over at quarterback, the Dallas red zone touchdown rate plummeted from 70% to 50%.
9. Cairo Santos @ CHI
Cairo Santos es muy caliente! In fact, he’s almost hotter than Nick Saban’s daughter. Santos dropped seven field goals last week and missed the single-game record by just two attempts. I guess when your offense looks like a chicken coop, your kicker reaps the benefits. The Bears have surrendered a whopping six tries over the last two weeks. Not to mention, the Chiefs have the sixth-worst red zone touchdown conversion percentage and their offense can’t throw for a touchdown pass.
10. Adam Vinatieri @ HOU
Thursday night football is always a field goal palooza and with Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury, Adam Vinatieri’s value begins to rise. Luck didn’t play last week and Vinatieri notched three field goal tries. Houston’s defense has allowed two or more attempts in three of the first four games and their defense has been freaking awful lately. Finally, the Colts have the fifth-worst red zone touchdown scoring percentage (44%) over the last three weeks.
11. Chandler Catanzaro @ DET
Chandler Catanzaro didn’t see much work until last week. The Cardinals offense struggled and it led to more opportunities for him. Not to mention, Catanzaro is now averaging over three field goals per game in his last two contests. Detroit has surrendered two or more tries in three of their first four games. Not to mention, the Lions defense has been a field goal sieve, allowing touchdowns on 50% of their opponents trips inside the 20-yard line.
12. Josh Lambo vs. PIT
My boy Lambo-gini showed some sweet dance moves and got his roll on like Daunte Culpepper on the Loveboat. I like his confidence, especially since he’s dropped two more field goals in three of the first four contests. Pittsburgh has surrendered five attempts over the last two weeks of play and the Chargers offense has a 50% efficiency rate over the last three weeks of play. Lambo has missed just one kick and his consistency hasn’t been a problem like many young kickers in the league.
13. Sebastian Janikowski vs. DEN
Just a quick PSA- sea bass is served at Big Ten university residence halls and it’s not very good. However, nothing is tastier than my favorite kicker in the NFL. Sea-bass has quietly notched three field goal attempts in each of his last three games. Not to mention, he’s added two or more extra point tries in each of those contests. Denver allowed three attempts last week and opponents are scoring touchdowns in the red zone just 40% of the time against them.
14. Robbie Gould @ KC
Robbie Gould has accumulated the fifth-most attempts and he’s booted three field goals in each of his first three games. The Bears have struggled to score touchdowns and they’ve used Gould as a crutch to stay in games. Kansas City has allowed just one multiple attempt performance, but Chicago has a 50% touchdown conversion rate in the red zone. Finally, Gould is a perfect three-for-three on kicks of 50+ yards.
15. Dan Carpenter @ TEN
Dan Carpenter has been very inaccurate, missing one kick in each of his last two games. Despite all of that, he still had five chances to be successful over the last two weeks. The Titans are the only team in the league yet to allow a field goal attempt. That’s partly because teams are scoring touchdowns on them 71% of the time. Nonetheless, Buffalo’s offense took a step back last week and they couldn’t move the ball. They’ll rely more on Carpenter’s leg as this trend persists. Keep an eye on whether there’s a timeshare between Billy Cundiff and Carpenter. If that’s the case, make a last second decision and slide Cundiff into your lineup.
Mike Nugent vs. SEA
Fig Nugent has notched just one field goal in each of his last two contests and hasn’t had any fantasy value. However, if you are looking for a one-week wonder, I’d be turning towards Nugent. The Seahawks have allowed five attempts over the last two weeks. What’s more, their defense has the second-best red zone defensive percentage (37%) in the league.