Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
1. Shayne Graham at DET
Shayne "Turkey" Graham gets his nickname due to his meaty disposition, large leg and five field goals in the last two weeks. The fact that he's fourth in the NFL in PATs doesn't hurt either. This week Graham heads to another domed stadium for the early Thanksgiving game against the Lions. The Lions have allowed at least three field goal attempts to opposing kickers in eight of ten this season.
2. Lawrence Tynes vs. GB
Lawrence "Mashed Potatoes" Tynes is known by that nickname due to his malleable nature, pasty complexion and the fact that he's leading the NFL in points by a kicker. Tynes' 28 made field goals is more than 30 NFL kickers have even attempted this year. Tynes faces a familiar foe this week in the Packers. Last season Tynes faced Green Bay twice and tallied five field goals and seven PATs against the Pack.
3. Stephen Gostkowski at NYJ
Stephen "Gravy" Gostkowski is known by that alias due to his smooth persona, a rich coagulated personality and the fact that he leads the NFL in PATs, which everyone knows are just "gravy" points in the fantasy game. Most kickers don't score 11 points in a game without several field goals, but Gostkowski's eight PATs last week are points nonetheless. This week he will boot against a Jets team that have not given up a field goal attempt in two weeks, but allowed three field goals in three of the previous four weeks.
4. Matt Prater at KC
Matt "Yams" Prater was given that nickname by his mother when she noticed how he liked his shirts very starchy and because he's responsible for three of the longest 23 field goals in the league this season. The Mile High elevation certainly aids him in home games, but Yams will come down off of the mountain this week to face the Chiefs. The Kansas City defense has allowed 24 or more points in eight games this season, a feat that simply means that the kicker is going to do something.
5. Sebastian Janikowski at CIN
Sebastian "Stuffing" Janikowski is a fictitious but true nickname given by me, since he's the largest kicker I've ever seen, and simply looks like he's eaten 40 pounds of stuffing. Beyond that, he's kicked the fourth-most field goals in the league this year and kicked ass on most fantasy squads. This week he heads to Cincinnati to take on a Bengals squad that has allowed two or more field goals to four of their last five opposing kickers.
6. Josh Scobee vs. TEN
Josh "Ham" Scobee is different than other kickers. He's salty, sometimes glazed and has had at least three field goals in three of his last four games. An encouraging sign for the Jaguars offense was Chad Henne leading the team to 37 points against a tough Texans squad last week. The matchup gets much easier this week as the Jags host the Titans. Tennessee has allowed the third-most points to opposing kickers this season, which includes 37 PATs (the most in the NFL).
7. David Akers at NO
David "Whole Kernel Corn" Akers grew up on a corn farm. Yes, he worked the land of his family ranch known as Akers' Acres, and returns during the bye week each season to lend a hand. While that is entirely false, what is true is that Akers is in the midst of his worst kicking season in five years. He's making only 75 percent of his field goals and has converted more than one field goal only twice in his last six games. The Saints give up a lot of points to everyone and have allowed multiple field goals in three of the last four weeks.
8. Kai Forbath at DAL
Kai "Cornbread" Forbath was given his nickname by a travelling blues band, that's it. Forbath has made all six of his kicks this season from 40-plus yards and has had at least seven points in four of his five pro games. This week he heads to Dallas for a Thanksgiving matchup with the Cowboys. Dallas has allowed 14 field goal attempts in just the last four games, so provided that RG3 can move the offense, Forbath should see quite a few chances.
9. Matt Bryant at TB
Matt "Cranberry" Bryant is a wee tart little man known for his ability to float on top of water and his high levels of antioxidants. He's more famously known as the kicker for the Falcons who is currently second in the NFL with 25 made field goals. Recent struggles from the Falcons offense have not plagued Bryant, as he's made 15 field goals over the last five weeks. He's usually higher on this list, but Tampa Bay surprisingly has allowed the fifth-fewest field goals in the NFL this season.
10. Mike Nugent vs. OAK
Mike "Pumpkin Pie" Nugent is a perfect accent to a hearty fantasy lineup. The Nuge has made eight extra points in the last two weeks as a part of a suddenly rejuvenated Bengals offense. This week he faces a Raiders club that has allowed the second-most points to opposing kickers this season (10 points per game). The 37 PATs allowed is by far the most in the NFL, so look for Nugent to make some easy money this weekend after a few dozen Bengals touchdowns.
11. Rob Bironas at JAC
12. Blair Walsh at CHI
13. Dan Bailey vs. WAS
14. Shaun Suisham at CLE
15. Justin Tucker at SD