by Ray Kuhn
Trying to figure out the NFL through the first three weeks has proven to be challenging at times. While there are clearly some kickers who are better than others, their production is also team and match-up dependent. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Cincinnati
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs –
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Sam Ficken – LA Rams – vs. Minnesota
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Dallas
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Cody Parkey – Chicago Bears – vs. Tampa Bay
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Buffalo
- Ka’imi Fairburn – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at NY Giants
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. NY Jets
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – at Atlanta
- After being blown out by the Jaguars two weeks ago, who wouldn’t expect the Patriots to take advantage of what appeared to be a reeling Lions team? Again, you never know what will happen each and every Sunday, and New England managed just 10 points last week. That clearly had a negative impact on Stephen Gostkowski, as he had just one field goal and one extra point. On the season the Patriots’ kicker is 5 for 6 on field goals with six extra points as he once again is an efficient kicker just without the opportunities. This week I would expect to see that change as the Patriots should bounce back in a big way at home against a Dolphins team that is a very unlikely 3-0.
- The Cowboys caught a lot of people by surprise when they cut Dan Bailey before the season, and when Brett Maher missed his first kick of the season it appeared they had made the wrong decision. The misfire did come on a 47 yard attempt when Maher had something to prove, and things have gone a lot better for him over the last two weeks. Maher has connected on all seven of his kicks, four field goals and three extra points, including a 50 yard field goal last week. In each game, he has two field goals and two extra points, and this week he faces Detroit who has allowed the third most points to opposing kickers so far this season.
- Atlanta is going to give up a lot of points each week, but they are also going to score about the same amount thanks to their prolific offense. One of the beneficiaries should be Matt Bryant. The veteran, who apparently hasn’t really aged much, has started the season of well, but the only problem has been his lack of opportunity. Bryant has only attempted, and made, three field goals and despite Atlanta’s 37 points last week, Bryant only accounted for three extra points. That is not enough to be fantasy relevant, but the Falcons’ offense will continue to move the ball each week, and in time his field goal attempts should normalize. At least we know that the skills are still there.
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