Week nine kicker rankings

Week nine kicker rankings

1. Lawrence Tynes, NYG vs. PIT

Lawrence Tynes has made four more field goals than any other kicker has attempted this season. The Giants offense is humming and even a matchup against the Steelers can't seem to stop it. In just the last three weeks the Steelers have allowed seven field goals. Since Tynes is averaging three field goals per game, this seems like easy money.

 

2. Matt Bryant, ATL vs. DAL

This is an undefeated team and a kicker who has only missed one field goal attempt all season, so yeah, Matt Bryant is going to be lodged in the top 10 for every week until his leg falls off. The Cowboys had been really good at keeping opposing kickers at bay, until last week when the aforementioned Tynes kicked five field goals against them.

 

3. Kai Forbath, WAS vs. CAR

A Kai Forbath sounds like something a ninja does to clean himself before battle. But, Kai Forbath is actually a kicker for the Washington Redskins. Since joining the team three weeks ago, Forbath has averaged over eight points per game and has only missed one kick (which happened to be a PAT). I love Forbath this week against the Panthers who are allowing the most points in the NFL to kickers this season.

 

4. Robbie Gould, CHI at TEN

Robbie Gould has missed a field goal attempt in each of the last two weeks, but you could chalk that up to the windy conditions of the Windy city. This week Gould and the Bears take their show on the road to Nashville to face the Titans. Tennessee has allowed the second-most PATs this season with 27 in eight games. The Bears are going to score, and when they do, Gould will put some points on your fantasy board. Yus!

 

5. Shayne Graham, HOU vs. BUF

After getting whooped by the Packers in Week 6, the Texans showed the Ravens who was the boss in the AFC by putting up 43 on them in Week 7. Any team that can put up 30 or more points in four of seven games has a quality fantasy kicker on their roster. This particular kicker is Shayne Graham. This week the Texans happen to match up with a Bills defense that has allowed 35 or more points in four of seven. It's a recipe for disaster for the Bills, but success for Graham.

 

6. Jason Hanson, DET at JAC

Jason Hanson has not kicked a field goal in two weeks. His leg may be getting rusty. He had averaged more than three field goal attempts per game in the previous five games, so let's hope that it doesn't fall off in zombie-like fashion this weekend when he faces off against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has allowed a minimum of two field goal attempts and two PATs to every kicker this season. Go old man Hanson!

 

7. Nick Novak, SD vs. KC

Nate Kaeding has now been released by the Chargers, meaning that Nick Novak is going to keep the kicker job for the foreseeable future. Novak has made at least one field goal in all four games this season and is seven of eight overall. His best game of the season was his first, against this week's opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game he knocked three field goals and four extra points through the uprights. He has a great shot to repeat that performance this Thursday.

 

8. Connor Barth, TB at OAK

Connor Barth may not have the sexiest name in football, but he's having a sneaky-good fantasy season and is riding the wave of a resurgent Bucs offense. In the last three weeks, Barth has kicked 12 extra points and he knocked home all three field goal attempts last week in Minnesota. This week he faces a Raiders team that has allowed the second-most points to kickers in the NFL this season.

 

9. Shaun Suisham, PIT at NYG

Shaun Suisham, who I lovingly call "Sweezey" has now kicked multiple field goals in six of seven games and had three or more field goals in three of his last four. It seems the Steelers offense is good enough to get him into range multiple times per game, which is important when facing a quality opponent like the Giants. New York has allowed kickers to attempt multiple field goals in four of the last five games. Provided MetLife Stadium is not underwater, Sweezey should have a few chances.

 

10. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK vs. TB

I'm going to make an outlandish call this week. Sebastian Janikowski will attempt and make an NFL record 64-yard field goal. That's right. I called it. You can tweet me to make fun of this call at @matharrison1 if I'm wrong, but I'm feeling it. The Polish Cannon has the leg, and should get the opportunity at home against the Bucs. Tampa has allowed three different kickers to attempt three or more field goals this season.

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