Let’s take a look at how our current kicker rankings look:
- David Akers – San Francisco 49ers
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots
- Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions
- Matt Prater – Denver Broncos
- Neil Rackers – Washington Redskins
- Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers
- Garrett Hartley – New Orleans
- Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears
- Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals
- Rob Bironas – Tennessee Titans
- Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins
- Billy Cundiff – Baltimore Ravens
- One of the bigger issues with Matt Prater last season was that he didn’t have an opportunity to tack on extra points as often as some other kickers did. However, we would think that’s going to change now that Peyton Manning is in town. For his career he has connected on over 78% of his attempts and he has the benefit of kicking in Denver’s thin air. The fact that he is 12-16 on kicks of over 50 yards, including hitting from 59 each of the past two years, makes him that much better. He should definitely be a Top 10 option this season.
- Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers are locked into the top two spots in the rankings, though they could be interchanged depending on your opinions. Akers will likely get more field goal chances, due to the inept offense of San Francisco, but Janikowski has the bigger leg. Then again, Akers was successful of 7 of 9 attempts from over 50 yards last season, so maybe that isn’t as big of an advantage as it once was?
- Before you say that Stephen Gostkowski loses because the Patriots score so many touchdowns, he was tied for ninth in the league with 28 field goals last season. Granted, he doesn’t get many attempts from over 50 yards (just 1-2), but he is still making kicks and the difference is more than made up for in extra points (59, which was third in the league behind Mason Crosby and John Kasay).
- Nate Kaeding missed the entire 2011 season, but after hitting from 54 yards in the Chargers third preseason game I do not think there is any question on what he is capable.
Make sure to check out our 2012 fantasy football rankings: