by Ray Kuhn
Entering the season kickers were not receiving much, if any, respect. There was talk about eliminating the position entirely from fantasy leagues, and as a whole they didn’t do much to help their cause. Last week though, with weather becoming more of an issue across the league, kickers had a very good week. With fantasy championships on the line, let’s hope they can make it two in a row. Here is how the kickers rank for Week 16:
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapollis
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys -vs. Detroit
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
- Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Roberto Aquayo – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Nick Novak – Houston Texans – vs. Cincinnati
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- After missing two weeks with injury, Chris Boswell has returned without missing a step. In fact his return has been perfect and he deserves a lot of credit for Pittsburgh’s victory last week. After making two field goals two weeks ago, Boswell converted all six of his attempts against the Bengals. Even better for fantasy owners, five of them came from between 40 and 49 yards. On the season he is perfect on extra point attempts (29 of 29) to go along with his 83.3% success rate of field goals. In Pittsburgh’s previous match-up with Baltimore Boswell attempted just two extra points and the Ravens do allow the fewest points to fantasy kickers. However, at just 10% ownership in ESPN leagues it’s hard to ignore his reliability and recent success.
- One kicker who hasn’t received much attention in this space is Roberto Aguayo. Entering the season that wasn’t expected to be the case, as Tampa Bay selected Aquayo in the second round of this past spring’s draft. However it was been a rough start to the season for Aquayo, who has been incredibly inconsistent. Over the past few weeks he has begun to find his groove and show why the Buccaneers drafted him. In his last six games he has converted 13 of his 15 field goal attempts. This week he gets another match-up against the Saints, after making all three of his field goal attempts against them, who are allowing the second most points to fantasy kickers. The talented rookie figures to be busy once again.
- The most favorable match-up of the week, at least based on the opponent, belongs to Ryan Succop who takes on the Jaguars. Jacksonville is allowing to the most points to opposing kickers this season and Succop is in position to take advantage of that. After making a 53 yard field goal to win it for the Titans last week, he hasn’t missed a field goal since Week 6 and has missed just two of his 36 extra point attempts. The last time these two teams played Succop made all three of his field goal attempts while converting three of four extra points.
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