by Ray Kuhn
With just two teams on bye this week, Tampa Bay and Chicago, things shouldn’t be too difficult for fantasy owners at the kicker position. Of course some kickers and match-ups are better than others, but at least you aren’t competing with half your league to find a replacement. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Pittsburgh
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Jacksonville
- Caleb Sturgis – LA Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Atlanta
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Minnesota
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Kansas City
- Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – at Philadelphia
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. NY Giants
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at NY Jets
- We teased the “match-up” component of picking a kicker earlier, and despite being just four weeks into the season that does mean we have 25% of data compiled. Through this point Minnesota has allowed the most points to opposing kickers, which sets things up nicely for Jake Elliot. Things appear to be getting back to normal for Philadelphia with Carson Wentz making his third start of the season, and that is a good sign for Elliot. What is an even better sign, though, is the fact that after missing a field goal in each of his last two games Elliot converted all three of his kicks on Sunday. Overall he is 6 for 8 so far this season with 10 extra points as he comes off his best game of the young season. As Wentz gets more comfortable, Elliot’s scoring opportunities should only increase.
- Some things never change, and yet again Justin Tucker is atop the scoring list for fantasy kickers. After converting on 47 and 49 yard kicks last week, Tucker has already attempted seven kicks from beyond 40 yards , making six. Those six makes alone account for the entirety of other kicker’s production. Combined, Tucker is 9 of 10 on field goals with 12 extra points, and that makes him one of the top options at the position.
- Despite the fact that the Redskins have given up the fewest points to opposing kickers over the first three weeks of the season, I still feel comfortable rolling with Will Lutz as my starting kicker. He converted all four of kicks last week, and New Orleans’ has one of the best offenses in the league and they are back in the comforts of their home field. In each of the last three weeks Lutz has gotten a minimum of three field goal attempts, and he has made nine of those 10 kicks along with eight extra points.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: