by Ray Kuhn
Here we are for another week searching for the best value at kicker. While there is clearly some thought and strategy to it, unfortunately it is far from an exact science as kickers sometimes just don’t deliver and to some degree are at the mercy of their offenses. One kicker I was high on last week, Jason Myers, was hurt as a Jets’ penalty pushed them further back which ultimately led to a missed field goal. So now that I got that frustration out of the way, let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Seattle
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
- Cody Parkey – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Miami
- Giorgio Tavecchio – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. NY Giants
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Jason Myers – NY Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
- Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – vs. New England
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- While the Jaguars do have a strong defense, perhaps not as fierce as previously expected, they still don’t shut out their opponents. With that being said Jacksonville has allowed the third most points to opposing kickers, and this week the potential beneficiary of that is Adam Vinatieri. The veteran kicker has yet to show signs of age, and with the match-up in Indianapolis this week we also don’t have to worry about the weather. Coming off his bye week Vinatieri is owned is 55% of ESPN leagues and he is just shy of being a Top 12 kicker. Overall he has missed four kicks (two of 13 field goal attempts and two of 23 extra points) with one of those field goals coming from beyond 50 yards. There is only one week in which he hasn’t attempted a field goal, and he has reached double digits in scoring in five of eight weeks.
- One kicker who made his presence felt last week, Giorgio Tavecchio, is owned in just 5% of ESPN leagues and as long as he is filling in for Matt Bryant he worth considering. Tavecchio has yet to miss a kick in his two games with Atlanta, and three of his four field foals have come from beyond 40 yards. The only thing that limited his production last week is the fact that Atlanta reached the end zone five times, which meant he had five extra points. Cleveland’s defense is better than Washington’s, but the Falcons shouldn’t have any issues moving the ball which will give Tavecchio plenty of opportunities.
- While no one expected the 49ers’ offense to do what they did last week, Robbie Gould has been consistently successful so far this season. While we can’t ignore Nick Mullins success, we also have to note that it came against the Raiders who are most certainly a team in disarray. As far as opponents go, it doesn’t get that much more difficult against the Giants and Gould gets to face the team allowing the most points to opposing kickers. In reality Gould really has had just one dud week, and he has six field goals from 40-49 yards while missing just two kicks (one field and one extra point) all season. That is good enough to make him a Top 10 option, both for this week and the remainder of the season.
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