by Ray Kuhn
So far so good… While kickers still fail to garner much in the way of respect, it wasn’t a terrible start to the season for the position though there weren’t many performances, in either direction, that truly swung things in Week 1. Let’s take a look at how are our options rank for this week:
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Arizona
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cleveland
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Detroit
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Caleb Sturgis – LA Chargers – at Buffalo
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New England
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – vs. Indianapolis
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Kansas City
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
- After how last season ended it might have taken some by surprise that the San Francisco 49ers actually lost a game on Sunday. Even as the 49ers struggled to find the end zone against the Vikings, just one touchdown, they were still able to move the ball. Moving the ball meant three field goal attempts, and conversions, for Robbie Gould along with an extra point. Gould hit three different yardage categories with field goals of 22, 32 and 42 yards, and I would expect more of the same this week. Facing a Detroit team against who the Jets moved the ball with ease, Gould should have even more scoring opportunities.
- A popular strategy is to stream, or just go with the hot hand, at the kicker position. With that being said I wouldn’t move on from Chris Boswell after one bad week. Boswell converted all three of his extra point attempts last week, despite challenging weather conditions, while he missed his lone field goal attempt from 42 yards. This week he returns home for what will likely be a high scoring game against the Chiefs. Kansas City allowed 28 points last week in San Diego and Pittsburgh is a four point favorite in a game with an over/under of 52.5.
- One kicker who didn’t receive any attention entering the season is Cody Parkey. Currently he is owned in just 1.1% of ESPN leagues and is part of an up and coming offense in Chicago. Last week he was perfect on all five of his kicks, three field goals and two extra points, and he should continue have multiple scoring opportunities each week.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: