by Ray Kuhn
If you haven’t been paying attention, and honestly who can blame you, there was some turnover at the kicker position in the last week. The Jaguars parted ways with Jason Myers and Dustin Hopkins is out for the season, so make sure you look for a replacement if they were your kicker. With that being said, let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Atlanta
- Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Arizona
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Dallas
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Green Bay
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – at Chicago
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Minnesota
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New England
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at LA Chargers
- Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
- Chandler Catanzaro – New York Jets – at Miami
- Through the first six weeks of the season Ryan Succop is second in points among kickers. A lot of that is thanks to the five field goal effort he had on Monday night, which was likely the deciding factor in a few match-ups, but the Tennessee kicker has been solid all season with 1 miss in 17 attempts. In fact, he is perfect on all of his extra points so far this season, with his lone field goal miss coming from beyond 50 yards (although he has six from 40 to 49 yards). Despite the fact that they are without a win, the Browns have limited opposing kickers to the third fewest fantasy points so I would try not to over react to Succop’s performance from last week.
- Entering last week Matt Bryant’s status was in doubt thanks to a back injury, but after not practicing for two day, he suited up on Sunday. While he was a little short on a 59 yard field goal attempt, Bryant did connect on a 50 yard kick and two extra points, and I wouldn’t be concerned about his status for this week. Once again Bryant did not practice this Wednesday, so you have to monitor the news, but he appears to be primed to take advantage of New England’s defense. Bryant has connected on all of his extra point attempts, but his field goal attempts have been kept to a minimum (11 with just the one miss).
- Harrison Butker started the season on Carolina’s practice squad, but after an early season injury to Cairo Santos he headed to Kansas City. With his late addition to the Chiefs, it is very possible fantasy owners are unaware of who is, Butker is owned in just 30.6% of ESPN leagues, but perhaps he is worthy of our attention. After missing one of his four field goal attempts in his debut he has connected on each of his seven subsequent attempts and all of his six extra points. The Raiders, Butker’s opponent this week, allow the fifth most fantasy points to opposing kickers and that makes the rookie worth a look.
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