by Ray Kuhn
Avoid losing points. After working so hard to get the most points possible from starting the right running back and wide receiver, the last thing you want to see happen is your kicker costing you points. We know how difficult extra points have proved to be this season, but we now have 12 games worth of data to evaluate our options. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week as we look to minimize our risk:
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Los Angeles
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Carolina
- Nick Novak – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Tenessee
- Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at Green Bay
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. San Diego
- Caleb Sturgis – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- We are at the point in the season where weather is going to be an ongoing issue, and the fact that Matt Prater plays his home games in a dome has it’s benefits. He is ranked fourth among fantasy kickers, and he was the top scoring kicker last week. In New Orleans Prater converted all five of his field goal attempts, including his fifth field goal from beyond 50 yards this season. So far he is 26 of 29 on field goal attempts with his three misses coming from between 40 and 40 yards, so there is no risk at negative points there. Prater has missed two of his 25 extra point attempts, but there are few kickers more reliable than the veteran.
- Let’s stick with kicker’s where weather won’t present an issue and take a look at Nick Novak. The Colts are 25th against fantasy kickers and Novak has been consistent thus far. Last week he missed one of his two extra point attempts while not attempting a field goal, but he did have to deal with wintry conditions in Green Bay. Prior to last week he had missed just one of his 18 extra point attempts and he is perfect on field goals of less than 39 yards. When Novak faced the Colts earlier this season he converted two field goals while also making two extra points. Houston has shown some issues moving the ball this season, but the Colts defense should allow the Texans to have some offensive success.
- Josh Lambo has slowed down from his early season success, but he is still a borderline fantasy starter. Lambo has yet to convert on his three field goal attempts from beyond 50 yards, but he has only missed one other field goal in 2016 (of the 40 to 49 yard variety). He has missed three extra points this season, but it’s getting harder to find kickers who haven’t.
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