by Ray Kuhn
I don’t know what to think anymore. After Justin Tucker missed an extra point last week, costing his team the game, is there any kicker that we can trust? To be clear I am being a little dramatic here, and one misfire isn’t going to change my opinion on Tucker, but that just goes to show how volatile the position is. With that being said, here is how our options rank as we head into this week’s action:
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – vs. Miami
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Green Bay
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
- Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. New Orleans
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Carolina
- Jason Myers – NY Jets – at Chicago
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Seattle
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Minnesota
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Cody Parkey – Chicago Bears – vs. NY Jets
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tampa Bay
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at LA Rams
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – at NY Giants
- As far as match-ups go, your best option is Dustin Hopkins. That doesn’t mean he is going to be my highest option at the position, in fact I don’t have him as a K1, but depending on your league situation it’s possible you need to dip down a few spots. Even with him already having his bye week, Hopkins is ranked 16th and his opponent in Week 8 (New York Giants) have allowed the most points to opposing kickers. Owned in just 6.5% of leagues, Hopkins is working on a streak of four straight games in which he hasn’t missed a kick. In fact he has just one missed field goal so far this season, and since his bye he has seven field goals. The only thing keeping Hopkins out of my Top 12 is the question of how the weather will be at the Meadowlands on Sunday.
- Despite kicking in inhospitable conditions last week, the same possible situation Hopkins could be facing on Sunday, Dan Bailey still managed to convert three of his four field goal attempts. Bailey lost a 42 yard attempt to the wind, but he did make a 43 yard kick among his three field goals along with all four of his extra point attempts. Since being signed four weeks ago, Bailey has converted 11 of his 14 field goal attempts along with 11 extra points. The Saints have been stingy to opposing kickers so far this season, but Minnesota has kept him busy and the veteran does have a track record of dependability.
- After the performance we saw from him a few weeks ago, you are forgiven for being frustrated with Mason Crosby. However, despite those missed kicks the veteran is still ranked seventh among kickers. Coming off his bye week Crosby is owned in just 31.5% of ESPN leagues, so if you are looking for a kicker he could be a solid option. You can’t fully count out an Aaron Rodgers lead offense from moving the ball, but against the Rams it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Packers stall in the red zone. That would set things up perfectly for Crosby, who bounced back from missing four field goals against Detroit in Week 5 by making all four his field goal attempts against the 49ers the following week.
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