by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all want to ignore the kicker… I mean really, we all don’t want to be bothered, do we? However as is the case with defenses every point matters and it would be a shame if your week went bad because of decision you chose to ignore. Let’s take a look at how things stand for the coming week:
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Buffalo
- Giorgio Tavecchio – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
- Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Houston
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – at New England
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Carolina
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Miami
- Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Dallas
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Jason Myers – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New York Jets
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
- Nick Folk – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs . New York Giants
- Blair Walsh – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Indianapolis
- Cody Parkey – Miami Dolphins – vs. New Orleans
- Stephen Gostkowski is generally viewed as one of the elite kickers in the game, and it’s fair. The problem is that New England isn’t settling for field goals thus far, as he’s gone just 5-for-5 over the first three weeks. Is there any reason to think that’s suddenly going to change? He’s still worth using, but he doesn’t necessarily have the upside of others who play for less dynamic offenses.
- The Denver Broncos are one of two teams to allow three field goals of at least 50 yards this season. While Giorgio Tavecchio hasn’t had many opportunities over the past two weeks, he has the leg strength, is perfect thus far and will be kicking in the Denver thin air. That’s a nice combination.
- Obviously after kicking a 61-yarder to win the game the Eagles’ Jake Elliot is going to garner a lot of attention. He has missed a kick in each of the past two weeks, though he’s getting opportunities (4-for-6 on field goals) and they are all coming from a solid distance (he’s hit two from 40-49 yards). He should be considered a solid low-end option thanks to the inaccuracy, and not a must use.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings: