by Ray Kuhn
While you were enjoying your Thanksgiving, Graham Gano was making winners out of his fantasy owners. Of course there is more to winning your match-up than just having a successful kicker, but it certainly helps. Let’s jump right into the rankings and see if we can find this week’s Gano.
- Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – at St. Louis
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Philadelphia
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
- Jason Myers – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
- Josh Brown – New York Giants – vs. New York Jets
- Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
- Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at Minnesota
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at San Diego
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
- Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
- Andrew Franks – Miami Dolphins – vs. Baltimore
- Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
- Graham Gano didn’t just convert four of his five field goal attempts on Thanksgiving, he had success from long distance. Three of his field goals came from beyond 40 yards, with one past 50 yards, and he also converted all three of his extra point attempts. Thanks to the success Cam Newton is having this season, Gano has had 37 extra point attempts, converting on 35 of them, and has also made 25 field goals. Inside of 40 yards he has been perfect on field goal attempts, and the Carolina offense doesn’t show signs of slowing down. The Saints have allowed the fourth most points to kickers so far this season and their defense has been less than impressive, so it shapes up to be another good day.
- After the success Gano had against Dallas last week, why not take a look at Dustin Hopkins? He has been perfect on extra point attempts this season, 23 of 23, and the Cowboys have been quite hospitable to opposing kickers. On the surface the Redskins are struggling offensively, but they have been dynamite at home where they are this week posting a 5-1 record.
- Another kicker who hasn’t spent much time in these rankings is Andrew Franks. If you haven’t sensed a theme here, we are targeting defenses that have a track record of being poor against kickers. That is the case with the Ravens, and Franks has had some success in limited opportunities. Through 11 games he has attempted just 10 field goals, making eight of them (including five from beyond 40 yards). With Miami debuting a new offensive coordinator this week, perhaps Franks will see an uptick in chances and the rookie could surprise.
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