Week 9 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

Let’s take a look at how I would rank the Top 15 Kickers for Week 9:

  1. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  2. Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins – at Baltimore
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Philadelphia
  4. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears – at Buffalo
  5. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Dallas
  6. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  7. Nick Folk – New York Jets – at Detroit
  8. David Akers – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Indianapolis
  9. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Ryan Longwell – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
  11. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Cleveland
  12. Jeff Reed – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  13. Neil Rackers – Houston Texans – vs. San Diego
  14. Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – at Seattle
  15. Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Jets

Thoughts:

  • Sebastian Janikowski continues to kick well, despite missing a field goal in Week 8.  Over his last five games he’s 11-for-12.  In the past two weeks he’s hit 11 extra points.  The Raiders have suddenly become a high-powered machine, and the strong-legged Janikowski is certainly reaping the benefits.
  • We all know that Mason Crosby is among the better kickers in the league, assuming he gets an opportunity to make some field goals.  Last week was only the second time he’s tried more then two field goals in a game in 2010.  He’s worth considering a Top 5 option this week against a Cowboys team that is spiraling out of control, however.
  • The Arizona Cardinals are tied for second, having allowed 17 field goals on the season (the Tennessee Titans lead the way, having allowed 20).  Thus far this season Ryan Longwell has never attempted more then one field goal in a game, but this could be his week.  He is six-for-six and is worth considering if you are in need of a bye week fill-in.
  • David Akers may have had an awful Week 7 (1-for-4), but he came back strong in Week 8, going a perfect 4-for-4.  We all know he’s among the best kickers available, so don’t let one bad week deter you.  He’s worth using in all formats.

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

Make sure to check out our Week 9 Rankings:

Week 9 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks (Updated)
Week 9 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

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