Week Eight Kicker Rankings

Week Eight Kicker Rankings

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1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE vs. STL (in London)

What better place for a kicker to play than in a soccer stadium? I guess that technically, since the MLS franchise the New England Revolution also play at Gillette Stadium, that it is also a soccer stadium. The Ghost has booted five field goals in the last two weeks and the Pats offense has given him 16 PAT opportunities in the last four. Last week the Rams allowed four field goal attempts to Mason Crosby, which was their season high.

2. Blair Walsh, MIN vs. TB

Another indoor game for the kicker who gets 12 indoor games this season. Blair Walsh really hasn't had a problem inside or outside this season, making 16 of 17 field goal attempts. The Vikings offense didn't give him the opportunity to boot a long ball last week, as he settled for only three extra points. This week he gets a Thursday night matchup against the Bucs. It's been noted that Thursday night games are averaging eight fewer points than the later in the week counterparts, which probably bodes well for the kicker.

3. Lawrence Tynes, NYG at DAL

Lawrence Tynes still leads the league in field goals and attempts and is one of only six kickers in the NFL to have 20 or more PATs so far this year. This week he has a rematch against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have only allowed seven field goal attempts all season, but every one of the 23 attempted kicks has been converted against Dallas this year.

4. Jason Hanson, DET vs. SEA

Your kicker is so old that when he joined the NFL instead of using the "K" ball, placekickers kicked dinosaur eggs. Your kicker is so old that even the refs call him "Dad." Your kicker is Jason Hanson, he's made 16 of 17 field goals this year and he's playing against the Seahawks this week. Seattle's defense has allowed 14 field goal attempts, but only eight extra point attempts this season. That's good for fantasy kickers. Even really, really old ones.

5. Garrett Hartley, NO at DEN

Garrett Hartley isn't nearly as old. When Garrett Hartley was born, Jason Hanson was driving. While the Saints have had a rough start to the year, he's still playing on an offense that is scoring in bunches. Hartley has not attempted less than three extra points in any game this season. The thin mountain air may give Hartley the opportunity to boot a long one on Sunday night. If they give out bonus points for that in your league, keep that in mind.

6. Robbie Gould, CHI vs. CAR

Robbie Gould has now had two or more field goals in five of six this year and has had four or more PATs in three of six. The Bears offense (and sometimes defense) are putting him in the position to score points. They'll likely do that again this week when they face the easiest kicker defense in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers. Carolina is the only team in the league to have allowed 20 field goal attempts, and each one of them has been made. When you consider that teams have only attempted four field goals against the Chargers, you get the picture.

7. Ryan Succop, KC vs. OAK

Ryan Succop might be a good kicker, but we'll likely never know for sure as long as he plays for a miserable Chiefs offense. The good thing for him this week is that he faces an even more miserable Raiders defense. The Raiders have allowed the third-most total points to kickers this season, with 63. Succop has made all but one kick this season, so I'm betting that he's got a chance to hit a few through the uprights this weekend.

8. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK at KC

On the other side of Arrowhead will be a surly Polish fellow who's had his fair share of ales, schnitzels and field goals from over 50-yards. Sebastian Janikowski is his name, and American Football is his game (because he doesn't like running). Last week against the Jaguars, SeaBass converted four of his five field goal attempts, and this week he squares off against a Chiefs team that is averaging 9.5 points against by opposing kickers.

9. Adam Vinatieri, IND at TEN

In his last three games, Adam Vinatieri has now had eight field goal attempts. That's pretty impressive considering that he had a nine game stretch last season in which he only attempted nine field goals. The Colts were much worst back then, and the Titans were supposed to be better, but have played poorly thus far. The Titans have now won two straight games, but have given up 57 points in the process. No team has allowed more touchdowns this season than Tennessee, with 26 PATs already attempted against them in seven games.

10. Matt Prater, DEN vs. NO

When in doubt. Pick up the Denver kicker. The Denver kicker is Matt Prater. The Broncos have a home game in high altitude this week. Prater has made all seven field goals at home this year. Curiously, Prater has not attempted a field goal in three away games. We're only four weeks removed from Ryan Succop kicking six field goals against this Saints team, so Prater's worth a shot this week.

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