Week 17 kicker rankings

Week 17 kicker rankings

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1. Shayne Graham at IND

I'll take one of the top five scoring kickers in the league in a dome game for the last game of the season and like it. Graham is exactly that mostly on the heels of ranking in the top three among PATs. The Colts are the opponent this week and have allowed multiple field goals in four of the last five weeks.

2. Matt Prater vs. KC

As long as a stray blizzard doesn't hit the Denver area, Matt Prater will be kicking a cold hard K-ball in very thin air. He might be able to hit from 70 if given the chance. I like the sound of that in a game against Kansas City. It was only two weeks ago that the Chiefs allowed Sebastian Janikowski to attempt six field goals and make five, including two from over 50 yards.

3. Stephen Gostkowski vs. MIA

Fantasy owners bank on Gostkowski's extra point making abilities, but what if we see a fair share of Ryan Mallett in this game? I would think that the offensive production would not be hurt too badly, but might stall in the red zone. Playing Miami also bodes well for those who need field goals. The Dolphins are in the top three in field goal attempts against.

4. Kai Forbath vs. DAL

What an amazing and accurate start of a career for the young Kai Forbath. The dude has been super accurate and since he was a mid-season replacement for Billy Cundiff, has fallen through the fantasy cracks to many a waiver wire this season. A pressure-packed game against the Cowboys is up next. In Forbath's first meeting with the Cowboys he made all six of his kicks.

5. David Akers vs. ARI

Last year's points leader has regressed a bit, but rebounded quite nicely late this season. Akers has now made multiple field goals in four of his last five games and is facing off against a Cardinals club that gives up more than their fair share of points (at least to good teams). It was only a few short weeks ago when Steven Hauschka made three field goals and seven PATs against these Cards, which happened to be their last away game.

6. Blair Walsh vs. GB

Walsh's name will go down in the history books as one of the most accurate kickers in 50-plus range in NFL history. The rookie has had no trouble making a splash this season, with four games with four or more field goals. It could be due to his league high 12 indoor games this season. He finishes up in the dome this Sunday against the hated Packers. Green Bay is a middle of the pack kicker defense, but it seems like Packers and Vikings games always come down to one clutch kick.

7. Dan Bailey at WAS

The thing Dan Bailey will give you is consistency. He's kicked at least one field goal in all but one game and only missed in two contests this season. However, he doesn't quite get the volume that the other guys do. Only five times this season has he made three or more field goals, although one of those times was his first matchup with the Redskins. In that Thanksgiving game Bailey had three field goals and two PATs.

8. Matt Bryant vs. TB

Bryant has been so solid this year due to a high powered offense. Atlanta has scored 23 or more points in all but two games this season, meaning Bryant is always getting opportunities. He should get some more in the Georgia Dome this weekend against the Bucs. Tampa doesn't give up a ton of field goal attempts, but do allow many a PAT, which is kind of why Bryant is a little lower in the rankings this week as opposed to the others.

9. Connor Barth at ATL

Barth has been alright this season, riding the coattails of a revamped offense. His zero field goals in two of the last three games have been a colossal disappointment though. A domed finish to the season against the Falcons will do the trick though. Atlanta may be resting many of their starters, meaning that the Bucs can move the ball up the field with ease. At least that's what we hope right?

10. Sebastian Janikowski at SD

It's never a dull moment with Janikowski on your roster. Just look at Weeks 14 and 15 as an example. In Week 14 the Raiders scored 13 points, but Janikowski only had one PAT attempt. The following week they scored 15 points all coming from his Polish foot. The Chargers have been among the best in the league at preventing field goal attempts (which isn't really something to brag about), but have allowed many PATs. We'll see something from Sea Bass on Sunday.

Other options…

11. Rob Bironas vs. JAC

12. Steven Hauschka vs. STL

13. Phil Dawson at PIT

14. Lawrence Tynes vs. PHI

15. Justin Tucker at CIN

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