We all want to ignore the kicker spot, if our league is using it (some have started to move away from it), but despite the frustrations it’s a position that can make a difference on a weekly basis. Who is the best option for 2019? Who should we be targeting in the last round (where most of the kickers will ultimately be selected)? Let’s take a look:
- Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – He only played in 12 games in ’18 (he missed Weeks 3-6) and didn’t attempt a kick in Week 2, yet when on the field he was one of the more impressive kickers (27-31 in field goal attempts) and averaged the most points per week.
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – When it comes to kickers there’s nothing wrong with consistency, is there? He’s been among the best kickers in the game over the past few seasons, including connecting on 20 field goals of 50+ yards over the past three seasons.
- Wil Lutz – New Orleans Saints – While Lutz only attempted 3 field goals of 50+ yards last season (he connected on two of them), he went 4-5 in ’17 and was 11-12 in field goals from 40-49 yards last season. For an offense that is going to put plenty of points on the board, don’t let the “knock” of not going deep impact your decision.
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – Does anyone doubt that the Chiefs are once again going to be among the elite offenses in the game? That could help to limit his production, if he’s forced to settle for extra points instead of field goals, but that doesn’t knock him from being among the better options in the league.
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – Over the past two seasons Gould has converted 72 of 75 field goal attempts (including a perfect 6-of-6 from 50+ yards). In what should be an improved offense, the production should be even better.
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – The Texans often had to settle for field goals instead touchdowns last season, with Fairbairn leading the league with 42 field goal attempts. Would it really be surprising to see that happen again?
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – The Patriots are going to score, but Gostkowski was just 6-11 on field goals of 40+ yards last season. He should be a productive option, but it’s fair to be down on him a little bit.
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – Considering the ups and downs that comes with the kicking game in general, there’s something to be said for the “safe” choice.
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – Myers has gotten better with each passing year in the league, including going 16-18 on field goals of 40+ yards last season. With Seattle’s offense having the potential to struggle, settling for field goals, Myers could be in line for a big season.
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – As a 29-year old rookie he connected on 6 of 7 field goals of at least 50 yards (tying him for most in the league).
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts
- Aldrick Rosas – New York Giants
- Mike Badgley – Los Angeles Chargers
- Giorgio Tavecchio – Atlanta Falcons
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