Championship week kickers

Championship week kickers

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1. Stephen Gostkowski at JAC

Gostkowski's field goal kicking has been shaky lately as he's missed a kick in three of the last five games. His extra point attempts are very consistent though, as in, he makes all of them and they come frequently. In the last four weeks the Ghost has made 19 PATs, which is four more than his opponent's kicker, Josh Scobee, has made all season. In fact, his 60 PATs made are four times the amount that Scobee has had at 15. It also doesn't hurt Gostkowski that the Jags have given up the second-most points to opposing kickers this season.

2. Matt Bryant at DET

It was such a cake walk for the Falcons last week that Matt Bryant probably could have stayed home. Instead, Bryant connected on all six kicks and came home with 10 points. This week he heads to Ford Field to take on the Lions. Detroit has given up the fourth-most points to opposing kickers this season, however, no team has had more missed field goals against them than the Lions' nine.

3. Sebastian Janikowski at CAR

Sea Bass connected on five of his six field goal attempts last week against the Chiefs, with the only miss coming from 51-yards out. He did make two other field goals from beyond 50 yards and another from 41 in the game, which was a nice boost to many a fantasy squad across the land. This Raiders offense is really struggling right now, so Janikowski may be the only hope for points this week in Carolina. The Panthers are tied for the second-most field goals allowed this season with 32, making this a great matchup for the Polish Cannon.

4. Dan Bailey vs. NO

No one has made more field goals in the last five weeks than Dan Bailey's 11. To be fair, three other kickers have also made 11 in that time frame, but Bailey is one of only two to have not missed any. But that's not all. He's also made 14 PATs over those five weeks as well, making him one of the more valued late season kickers. This week the Cowboys host the Saints in a must-win situation. The Saints have allowed double digit points to kickers in two of the last three weeks and have allowed the third-most PATs in the NFL this season.

5. Jason Hanson vs. ATL

Sure he's old. But he's still good. Barry Sanders' former teammate is the fifth-ranked kicker in the NFL in points. But Hanson is still solid, consistent and kicking indoors in December. He's only missed four field goals this season and has made at least one in each of the last seven games. This week against the Falcons he's facing a classic bend-but-don't-break defense. Atlanta has allowed multiple field goal attempts in four of their last five games.

6. Connor Barth vs. STL

Several of the kickers that did nothing last week, including the league's top scorer, Lawrence Tynes, did not make this list this week, but Connor Barth did. Why God why? Well, the Rams just gave up five field goals to the Vikings' Blair Walsh last week and St. Louis ranks among the top ten in field goal attempts against. That's a mouthful. I'm not buying that the Bucs offense is this bad, so I've got to believe that they move the ball enough to put Barth in range for a couple of attempts this week.

7. Garrett Hartley at DAL

Hartley has now scored at least seven points in five of his last six games and has not missed a field goal attempt since Week 9. The Saints offense looked to come around a bit last week against the Bucs and we're hoping for more of that in Dallas this weekend. The Cowboys have allowed at least eight points to a kicker in six of their last eight games, meaning there are points to be had.

8. Shayne Graham vs. MIN

Graham was another kicker who made five field goals last weekend as he converted all but one of his kicks last week against the Colts. He's been a so-so fantasy option over the last month, but knocking through 17 points for your team in a day can make head coaches forget a miss or two. This week he faces a Vikings team that has not allowed a field goal in either of the last two weeks, but has allowed multiple extra points in nine straight games.

9. Blair Walsh at HOU

The rookie booted five field goals last week in St. Louis including three from beyond 50 yards. If you get the bonus points for the long field goals, Walsh might have won you the week single-footedly. Another game in a domed stadium this week won't hurt, although the Texans are a stingy defense. Houston has only allowed two field goals in the last three weeks, but in fairness they did give up six PATs to New England two weeks ago.

10. Adam Vinatieri at KC

There's not a lot about Adam Vinatieri that gets fantasy owners super excited, but this matchup against the Chiefs should. Kansas City has allowed nine field goal attempts in just the last two weeks. Nine! If you can guarantee four field goals for a kicker, you're golden. While we won't go so far as to guarantee that for Adam this week… ah hell! Four field goals, guaranteed! You heard it here first.

Other options…

11. Lawrence Tynes at BAL

12. Kai Forbath at PHI

13. Graham Gano vs. OAK

14. Justin Tucker vs. NYG

15. Rian Lindell at MIA

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