Week 1 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

While kickers are often overlooked, they still play an important role on a week-to-week basis.  Let’s take a look at how I would rank the Top 15 for the upcoming week:

  1. Garrett Hartley – New Orleans Saints – vs. Minnesota
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  3. Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers – at Kansas City
  4. David Akers – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Green Bay
  5. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Philadelphia
  6. Ryan Longwell – Minnesota Vikings – at New Orleans
  7. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  8. Rob Bironas – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  9. Jeff Reed – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Atlanta
  10. Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – at Jacksonville
  11. Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – vs. Carolina
  12. Neil Rackers – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  13. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  14. Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
  15. Josh Brown – St. Louis Rams – vs. Arizona

Thoughts:

  • Would it surprise anyone if the Saints and Vikings, as well as the Eagles and Packers, got into a shootout? That type of game would certainly benefit all four kickers, allowing them to rack up the points for their owners.
  • Will the Steelers be able to find the end zone or, with their top two quarterbacks on the sidelines, will their drives stall leaving them to attempt numerous field goals? My guess is they get a few extra field goals, meaning Jeff Reed’s value is increases.
  • Over the last two year’s Robbie Gould is 14-15 kicking on turf. Couple that with the chance for the Bears to score quite a few points under Mike Martz and you have to like him as an option this week.
  • Last season the Raiders tied for fourth in field goals allowed (30).  Considering their defense is not too bad, you certainly can imagine seeing them bend, but not break, leaving Bironas to connect on a few kicks.  That certainly makes him a good option for the week.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 1 Rankings:

Week 1 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 1 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

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