Written/Ranked by Harley Schultz
1. Cairo Santos, Chiefs @ OAK
No team has allowed more points to opposing kickers than Oakland. This past week versus Tennessee marked the first time all season that they did not allow at least two field goals to the position. In fact over the three weeks prior to last week, Oakland had allowed 34 kicker points and 12 field goal attempts. No kicker has been hotter than Cairo Santos. Thanks to Kansas City’s mediocre offense, Santos has been presented with 12 field goal attempts over the last three weeks. This plethora of attempts has led to him averaging 12.7 points per game over that stretch. He has also moved into third in season-long kicker scoring with an average of 9.2 per game.
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots vs. PHI
Stephen Gostkowski gets to add onto his season-leading 111 kicker points this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia is giving up eight points per game to the position this season and over their last five games they have actually been allowing an average of nine points per week. I’m not even concerned about Gostkowski finally missing a field goal at home two weeks ago. It was after all, the first time since Week 2 of 2013 that he failed to negotiate a kick through the uprights at Foxboro.
3. Jason Myers, Jaguars @ TEN
Since Week 9, no kicker has more field goals than Jason Myers. He also ranks second in kicker points over that span with 11.75 per game. Meanwhile, Tennessee has allowed seven of their season-low eleven successful field goals over their last three games. This included a four field goal performance by Jason Myers in week 11.
4. Graham Gano, Panthers @ NO
Since Week 7, Graham Gano has scored 71 points. That works out to nearly 12 points per game. Thanks in part to a league-leading 37 extra points scored against them, New Orleans currently ranks fourth in total points allowed to kickers for the year. This includes 31 points allowed over their last three contests and nine points allowed to Gano back in Week 3.
5. Chandler Catanzaro, Cardinals @ STL
The St. Louis Rams allowed ten points per game to opposing kickers over their last three contests. This is the exact same number of points per game that Chandler Catanzaro has averaged over his last four games. If you look back a little further you’ll see that the Rams faced Catanzaro back in Week 4. In that game, Catanzaro was a perfect five-for-five on field goals, en route to a 16 point game. Chandler has been hugely reliable this year, he has produced at least six points every time out.
6. Brandon McManus, Broncos @ SD
Only once in their last eight games has San Diego not allowed multiple field goal attempts. During that stretch, they are allowing an average of 10.25 points per game to the position. Brandon McManus has gotten into a slump that loosely coincides with the transfer of power from Peyton Manning to Brock Osweiler. Strangely enough, McManus has seen fewer opportunities because Brock Osweiler has been more efficient in the red zone. Over the last three weeks, Denver is scoring touchdowns on 60% of their red zone visits. This comes in stark contrast to their season long 48% touchdown conversion rate. At least McManus won’t have to worry about any weather terrorism with this game being played in Southern California.
7. Blair Walsh, Vikings vs. SEA
Seattle isn’t the crazy good defense they used to be. That said they do rank fourth in red zone touchdown percentage allowed. This is an important stat when you consider that Minnesota’s offense ranks fourth from the bottom in terms of red zone conversion percentage. Thanks to their defense, Seattle has forced 12 field goal attempts in their last four games. Meanwhile, Blair Walsh has 18 field goals over his last seven starts. With the stars crossing so perfectly here, Walsh should easily post double-digits here.
8. Chris Boswell, Steelers vs. IND
Only three times all year has Indianapolis not allowed multiple field goal attempts. Unfortunately for Chris Boswell and the Steelers, all three of those occurrences have come in the Colts’ last five games. Since signing with Pittsburgh back in Week 5, Boswell has averaged just less than nine points per game. He also has averaged nearly 11 points per game over his most recent three contests. What is most amazing is that it hasn’t mattered who has started at quarterback for the Steelers. Boswell has been able to put up solid numbers with each of them at the helm.
9. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks @MIN
Last week was the first time all year that Steven Hauschka failed to kick a field goal. Fortunately for Hauschka, most of those field goals became extra points in a shoot out with the Steelers. A shoot out will not occur against the Vikings. They have allowed the second-fewest points per game this year and no team has allowed fewer touchdowns. What they have done however is allow field goal attempts. Over their last five games, Minnesota has allowed 14 field goal attempts with 12 of them being successful.
10. Mason Crosby, Packers @ DET
As the Packers offense has hit the skids Mason Crosby has had to pick up some of the slack. Strangely, Crosby has only seven extra points over the last five games. Fortunately for him, he has eight field goals over his last three. Even with the recent slowdown, Crosby is averaging over seven points per game. This lines up nicely with the eight points per game that Detroit is allowing. In what projects as a shootout, this game has the third highest line according to Vegas, I expect a lot of points for everyone, Crosby included.
11. Justin Tucker, Ravens @ MIA
Something has happened to Justin Tucker’s accuracy. Despite successfully kicking ten field goals over his last four games, he also missed on three field goals over that span. This is slightly concerning because Tucker now has six misses on the year. This detracts from the fact that Baltimore has attempted the second-most field goals. Those six kicks represent 18 points left on the table. In addition, Miami hasn’t allowed that many field goal attempts. Only four teams have allowed fewer this season. All that said, the Dolphins are still allowing seven points per game to the position and weather shouldn’t be an issue in Miami.
12. Robbie Gould, Bears vs. SF
San Francisco has allowed multiple field goal attempts in seven of their last eight games. Meanwhile, Robbie Gould is 14/15 on field goals at home this year proving that he has a unique knowledge of the crazy winds of Soldier Field. Thanks to all of those field goals, Gould is averaging just less than ten points per game at home this year. Weather could certainly rear its’ ugly head this weekend but I have faith in Gould since he has been kicking there for so long he has to be used to it.
13. Josh Brown, Giants vs. NYJ
Josh Brown currently ranks seventh overall with 23 field goals. He also ranks sixth overall in extra points. Thanks to all of this production, Brown has dipped below seven points only three times and he has reached double-digits five times. Prior to getting removed from the game plan thanks to Eli Manning’s early game struggles last week, Brown had averaged 14 points per game over his last two contests. Meanwhile, the Jets have allowed only eight points to kickers over the last two weeks. However, prior to that, they had allowed 51 points to the position over their previous five games.
14. Caleb Sturgis, Eagles @ NEP
The Patriots have not allowed very many field goals this year. However, they have been more giving of late. Over their last three contests, the Patriots have allowed nine field goal attempts and nine points per game. Caleb Sturgis has slowed down from his strong start with Philadelphia but he is still averaging over seven points per game since joining them.
15. Mike Nugent, Bengals @ CLE
Over their last nine games, Cleveland has allowed fewer than two field goal attempts only once. That one time came against these very same Bengals in Week 9. In that game Mike Nugent salvaged his fantasy production with four extra points giving him a game total of seven. That falls right in alignment with his recent averages as Cincinnati has been scoring so many touchdowns that the Nuge just isn’t getting the opportunities he has gotten in the past. I’m happy with a guaranteed seven spot here, but I would prefer that he got closer to the double-digit mark.
Andrew Franks, Dolphins vs. BAL
Andrew Franks has done absolutely nothing to earn a solid ranking this year. In fact, he has not yet topped eight points in any week. The only reason I’m supporting him this week is because he is facing Baltimore. The Ravens have allowed three or more field goal attempts in eight of eleven games. They also are allowing the leagues’ second-highest average points per game to the position at just over nine.