by Ray Kuhn
We are now at that fun part of the season where weather begins to be a factor. Temperatures are dropping, winds are picking up and precipitation is starting to take a snowy turn. At least bye weeks no longer come into play as we take a look at how the kicker’s rank for this week:
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
- Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Josh Brown – New York Giants – at Washington
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
- Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
- Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Nick Novak – Houston Texans – vs. New Orleans
- Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tampa Bay
- Was there really any doubt that Stephen Gostkowski was going to be ranked #1? For starters he is the best kicker going, as he has made all 36 of his extra point attempts this season and his lone field goal miss came from beyond 50 yards. So far he has made 23 field goals, including 10 greater than 40 yards (including four past 50 yards). Currently the forecast for Gostowski’s trip to Denver calls for a crisp 29 degrees with no precipitation or wind to speak of. While he will stand to benefit from the altitude, he should also reap the rewards of New England’s offense losing a step with the absences of Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola.
- With the Vikings still playing their home games outside, Blair Walsh is a kicker to downgrade as we get set for the fantasy playoffs. However this week I wouldn’t be concerned as he will be kicking in the comforts of the Falcons’ domed stadium. Last week he didn’t get to attempt a field goal and missed one of his two extra point attempts. On the season he has missed four of his 26 field goal attempts along with three of his 20 extra points. Generally Walsh is a dependable option, and is worth a look for this week.
- Another kicker who could potentially benefit from his team’s offensive struggles is Justin Tucker. With Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith all sidelined for the season, the Ravens best offensive threat could very well be Tucker. He does have six missed field goals this season, out of 28 attempts, but five of them have come from beyond 50 yards. As far as reliable kickers go Tucker is still at the top of the list, and I would expect him to have a few field goal chances this week against Cleveland.
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