Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

While even more leagues and some DFS games have erased the kicker position from fantasy football, there are still plenty of leagues that feature the position. After all that is traditional fantasy football, and if you have found yourself here that means you will be starting a kicker. Let’s jump right in with this week’s rankings:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Oakland
  2. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Buffalo
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  5. Daniel Carlson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco
  6. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Chargers
  7. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. NY Jets
  8. Caleb Sturgis – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  9. Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Atlanta
  10. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  11. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Minnesota
  12. Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at New England
  13. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
  14. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Philadelphia
  15. Sebastian Janikowski – Seattle Seahawks – at Denver


  • After missing the last few games of the regular season and sending his fantasy owners scrambling to the waiver wire, Greg Zuerlein appears to be good to go to for the 2018 season. That means he can be found atop the rankings once again. This week the Rams wrap up the Week 1 schedule by taking on the Raiders in Oakland. There is no reason not to expect the Rams’ offense to continue putting the scoreboard to work, and after the Raiders trade of Khalil Mack their defense should be even more hospitable than it was in 2017. Last season saw the Raiders allow the third most points to opposing kickers and Zuerlein should be able to take advantage of that.
  • One offense that fantasy owners are expecting big things from is Minnesota. Prior to the completion of training camp the Vikings made a switch at the kicker position and parted ways with Kai Forbath. That handed the job to Daniel Carlson, and based on the Vikings offense he should be on your radar. The 49ers’ defense wasn’t strong last season, and with Kirk Cousins under center there should be ample scoring opportunities for Carlson. After Minnesota traded up for the former Auburn kicker to take him in the fifth round of this past April’s draft, there shouldn’t have been any doubts as to what the Vikings expect from him.
  • After spending last season on injured reserve Sebastian Janikowski will call Seattle home in 2018 as the Seahawks look to see if he has anything left. We know all about the power and strength he previously displayed, and Seattle’s offense is not what it used to be. If you are looking for a potential upside play this week he is worth a look in Denver as he looks to take advantage of the high-altitude.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks
Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

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