Week 2 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. David Akers – Philadelphia Eagles – at Detroit
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  3. Ryan Longwell – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Miami
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Buffalo
  5. Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. St. Louis
  7. Rob Bironas – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  8. Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – at Indianapolis
  9. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Giants
  10. Garrett Hartley – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco
  11. Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – vs. Seattle
  12. John Kasay – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  13. Neil Rackers – Houston Texans – at Washington
  14. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  15. Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins – at Minnesota

Thoughts:

  • It will certainly be an intriguing matchup, with the Jets offense vs. the Patriots defense.  Would it be surprising to see the Patriots stall short of the goal line a few times, giving Gostkowski the opportunity to kick a few field goals?
  • In 2009 Ryan Longwell went 17-for-18 kicking field goals at home.  You have to like those numbers.  Whenever the Vikings are at home he’s an extremely strong play.
  • Janikowski has a big leg, that’s no secret.  Will the Raiders offense be able to put him in position to get points, however?  That’s the million-dollar question and will be what determines his value on a weekly basis.  If the Raiders offense can get things in order, he’s going to have value.
  • Don’t let one bad game (he went 0-for-2 in Week 1) for Garrett Hartley let you lose your faith in him.  He should be fine moving forward.  I’d use him with confidence this week.
  • Would it surprise anyone if there were a lot of points scored in the battle of the Manning brothers?  Both Tynes and Vinatieri should be usable in all formats this week.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 2 Rankings:

Week 2 Rankings - Top 15 Defenses
Week 2 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

3 comments

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    I can’t believe I am going to do begin arguing about Kicker rankings, but here goes nothing….

    Rob Bironas is an easy top 5 kicker this week. In ’09, his home/away splits were drastic (Home: 18 of 19, 40.2 yd Avg; Away: 9 of 13, 36.8 Yd Avg). In 2009, Pittburgh allowed only 29 FG Attempts with 65% coming outside of 29 yds (7 30-39 yd; 9 40-49 yd; 3 50+ yd). At Home in ’09, Bironas was a perfect 3/3 from 30-39, perfect 8/8 from 40-49 and 3/4 from 50+ (93% from beyond 29 yrds)

    So things are looking like he will be getting a lot of looks from deep range, and he has a pretty good foot from that distance. I will expect at least 3 attempts, and all three of those attempts have a good chance of being outside of 39 yrds (meaning that they will be worth more than 3 pt, using standard scoring)

  2. Nick Tenaglia says:

    one quick note about my above statement….

    I have both Gostkowski and Bironas on my team – and I am playing Bironas

  3. Mike says:

    I expect big points for Stephen Gostkowski. The Patriots will make a lot of red zone appearances this week, but how many will be for 6? I see Gost being good for 3 FG’s + any other PAT’s.

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