Week two Kicker rankings

Week two Kicker rankings

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1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE vs. NYJ

It doesn't matter if it's on the ground, in the air or off a foot the Patriots flat out score a lot of points. Stephen Gostkowski is off to a great start this season hitting three field goals in three attempts against the Bills last week. He was 2-3 against the Jets last season but until the Patriots get their receiving situation figured out the Jets should be able to keep them under check. This will give Gostkowski more kicking opportunities than he had against the Jets last season.

2. David Akers, DET at ARI

David Akers should have been the highest scoring kicker last week except his team can't help but channel the Three Stooges and make a mess out of almost everything. Luckily he faces a stiff Arizona defense that allowed four field goals against the Rams last week. Detroit has better offensive tools than the Rams but seem to be allergic to the red zone. Akers will get his looks as long as someone doesn't try to poke him in the eyes while he's kicking.

3. Garrett Hartley, NO at TB

In theory Garret Hartley should dominate as a kicker since all the Saints do is score points. The problem is they are too efficient in the redzone which resulted in Hartley kicking only 18 field goals and an impressive 57 extra points last season. Hartley was 2-2 against Tampa Bay last season but with their new-look secondary it should be harder for the Saints to move the ball, giving Hartley a shot at back to back 3-3 weeks.

4. Phil Dawson, SF at SEA

Like David Akers, Phil Dawson's point total was clipped by a mistake; in this case it was by a referee that allowed San Francisco to replay a 3rd down instead of kick a field goal on 4th down. The 49ers vs. the Seahawks could be the game of the week featuring two very well balanced teams which bodes well for Dawson. Despite nearly shutting out the Panthers last week, Seattle did allow five field goal attempts to the 49ers in 2012 so Dawson has a good shot at back-to-back double digit point games.

5. Matt Prater, DEN at NYG

Matt Prater had the league's worst "Leg Kicks Per Points Scored" average last week as he booted the ball seven times for only seven points during Peyton Manning's record tying night. This week he faces a Giants defense that gave up three field goals to Dan Bailey and two passing touchdowns to Tony Romo. This bend but don't break mentality should benefit Prater so he can avoid being the first back-to-back winner of the vaunted (and completely made up) LKPPS award.

6. Greg Zuerlein, STL at ATL

Greg Zuerlein kicked his way to the top of the kicker scores last week by going 4-4 including the game winner. The Rams offense is consistent but not flashy which means Zuerlein should continue to see at least two attempts per game. Atlanta's overall scheme is still out outscore opponents rather than stop them and they allowed the Saints to go 3-3 from field goal range last week.

7. Dan Bailey, DAL at KC

Dallas exercised their (New York) giant demons and beat the Giants for the first time in their new stadium. Dan Bailey had a solid night, hitting three field goals and three extra points. Kansas City was supposed to play the Jaguars last week but by some scheduling mishap faced off against the Jacksonville Middle School tennis team resulting in a 28-2 blowout. Kansas City's offense is significantly improved which will make this game close resulting in more attempts for Bailey.

8. Nick Folk, NYJ at NE

Like a toddler on an Easter egg hunt, the Jets stumbled upon a victory against the Buccaneers that no one saw coming. Nick Folk went 3-3 in that game, including a 48 yard bomb with two seconds left to win the game. The Patriots went 2-0 against the Jets last season but Folk managed to kick five field goals between the two games. The Jets will struggle to put the ball in the endzone all season but rookie Geno Smith proved that he can keep the ball moving and put the Jets position for at least three points on a regular basis.

9. Josh Brown, NYG vs. DEN

Despite a slow week one where he only kicked one field goal, Josh Brown inherits Lawrence Tynes spot on the Giants that netted him a career year with 33 field goals made last season. Only Gostkowski made more field goals than Tynes which puts Brown in a great position to be a weekly contributor. Denver allowed the 4th fewest points last season and was very tough in the redzone which will help get Brown back on track this week.

10. Randy Bullock, HOU vs. TEN

Gregg Williams is showing his talent as a defensive genius as the Titans defense manhandled the Steelers in week one. The Texans are a better team than the Steelers and they demolished the Titans in both meetings last year by a combined 62-24. The Titans revamped defense should keep the games closer this year which will allow Randy Bullock to put a couple through the uprights this week.

Sleepers:

Caleb Sturgis, MIA @ IND

Caleb Sturgis burst onto the scene in Miami like a rampaging snail (he's a kicker, let's not get too excited) last week and went 3-3 in a win to the Browns. Miami's offense is that perfect blend of not good, but not terrible that allows them to sputter in the opponent's zone creating more field goal opportunities. Indianapolis subsequently is a perfectly mediocre match on defense. They allowed the third most field goals last season which means they let teams chew up yardage but ultimately fall short of the endzone which sets up Sturgis for another solid week.

Josh Scobee, JAX vs. OAK

From the cold, damp cellar of the sleeper pool I give you Josh Scobee. The Jaguars offense was so inept that he attempted zero field goals and zero extra points last week against the Chiefs. This week he faces an Oakland team that played surprisingly well in their first week but still has plenty of issues on the defensive side of the ball. If there is a week to sneak some fantasy points of any member of the Jaguars it's this week and Scobee is no exception. Oakland's defense is just bad enough that the Jaguars horrible offense should be able to limp its way into field goal position at least three times.

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