by Ray Kuhn
After a lot of struggles and issues among kickers last season, 2017 has gone smoother. Obviously we are not talking about the situations in San Diego or Tampa Bay, but for the most part we haven’t had too many blow-ups. Of course that will probably jinx it for this week, but let’s take a look at how our options rank:
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Miami
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Chicago
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
- Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Jacksonville
- Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. New York Giants
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Carolina
- Giorgio Tavecchio- Oakland Raiders – vs. LA Chargers
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – vs. Cleveland
- Adam Vinateri – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
- This hasn’t been a standard season for the Patriots, as they are struggling and playing conservatively on offense, but once again Stephen Gostkowski is atop the kicker rankings. He is perfect on 12 field goal attempts, which includes four kicks from beyond 40 yards. I wouldn’t read anything into the fact that the Jets have allowed the fewest points to opposing kickers, as Gostkowski is still one of the top options (perhaps I would avoid paying up for him in my DFS lineups).
- One match-up I’m going to target is the 49ers, as they have allowed the most points to opposing kickers. Coming off Washington’s bye week, Dustin Hopkins is owned in 26.9% of ESPN leagues. That is a good way to deal with your kicker situation, as then you wouldn’t have to worry about bye weeks for the rest of the season. So far this season Hopkins has converted seven of his nine field goal attempts, and that is what is holding him back from being a true top option. The fact that both of his misfires came from beyond 50 yards helps as far as his efficiency goes, but the true value of a kicker comes from downtown. It is a good sign that he is perfect on all 10 of his extra point attempts so far this season, and he likely will have multiple scoring chances.
- The Titans offense has struggled to truly get going this season, but it has actually benefited Ryan Succop. However, with Marcus Mariota limited and sidelined the last two games due to injury Succop has suffered and only has one field goal and three extra points. That is a far cry from the 10 field goals, on 11 attempts, he had in the first three weeks. I would expect a repeat of that this week as he faces the Colts who have allowed the fifth most points to opposing kickers.
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