Week 13 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

Let’s continue our look around the league with our top kickers for Week 13:

  1. Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – at Washington
  2. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  5. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  6. Phil Dawson – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
  7. Shayne Graham – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  8. Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
  9. Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions – vs. Indianapolis
  11. Ryan Succop – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Carolina
  12. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  13. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  14. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  15. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia

Thoughts:

  • The New England Patriots score a lot of points, which alone would give Stephen Gostkowski a leg up on the competition.  However, he has missed a few kicks recently (1-for3 over the past two games), hasn’t tried a field of over 40 yards in three of his past four games and hasn’t tried a field goal of over 50 yards since Week 2.  He’s obviously a Top 3 option, but if he has been in a better groove he would probably have found himself at the top.
  • It’s easy to imagine the Ravens being able to move the ball but having to settle for a few field goals, isn’t it?  That would leave Justin Tucker in position to convert some kicks, something he has done quite well (including 11 of at least 40 yards).  In fact, he’s made seven field goals over the past three weeks, including going 2-of-3 against the Steelers in Week 11.
  • Phil Dawson will kick against an Oakland defense that allows a lot of points.  Throw in the fact that he is tied with Greg Zuerlein and Blair Walsh for the most kicks of 50 yards or more (5) and there is a lot to like.  The fact that he’s 9-for-9 in the past three games, and a perfect 21-for-21 on the year, doesn’t hurt his cause either.
  • Connor Barth has hit four field goals of at least 50 yards and 13 of 40 or more.  Kicking in the thin air of Denver, you have to like his upside to nail a deep kick or two.
  • Speaking of kicking in Denver, Matt Prater is 12-of-13 in five games at home and 4-of-7 in six games on the road.  It’s easy to consider him a solid, low-end fill-in for the coming week.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Broncos vs. Raiders: Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore & More
Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

14 comments

  1. S says:

    Shouldn’t the kicker that faces the Panthers that week always be at the top of the list?

  2. Ryan says:

    Hey professor,
    I have flex and RB position to fill this week do or die.. My options are SJAX, Ballard/Brown, Crabtree, Maclin, or Blackmon.. Who do I start? (Win or lose thanks for the help this year!)

  3. Sean says:

    Hey I have a few questions about my lineup this week and hope you can help
    QB: I’m starting tony romo over josh freeman. I think romo has a good matchup this week and he threw for a whopping 441 yards last week
    WR: My options are wes welker, demaryius Thomas, larry Fitzgerald, denarius Moore, or danny amendola. Right now I’m starting welker Thomas and fitz. I don’t really just don’t trust fitz that much anymore. Do you think amendola or Moore are the better start over him?
    RB: I have mikel leshoure, Bryce brown, and fred Jackson; with lesean McCoy out with a concussion I don’t trust f-jax at all anymore but if leshoure is out I don’t had any other options. If leshoure doesn’t start would you start f-jax or pick up a FA off the waiver wire. If so, who would you drop?
    TE: I’m starting owen Daniels over Brandon pettigrew.
    K:Jason hanson
    D: Seattle
    Thanks

    • WR – I can’t trust Amendola right now. Obviously Welker & Thomas are the must use options. I think Fitzgerald & Moore are close, though I’d lean Fitzgerald

      RB – Who is available on the wire? Hard to say if they are better or worse than Jackson w/o knowing the options.

      • Sean says:

        Right my options on the waiver wire are Daniel Thomas, Vick Ballard, or Jonathan Dwyer. Do you think any of these guys would be better than f-jax? Also, I see Carolina, Cleveland, and both New York defendes on the waivers. Do you think I should pick one up these up over Seattle, and if so who should I drop? Thanks

  4. Steve says:

    Find myself loaded up with WR options this week. I need help picking 3 out of: Nicks, T.Y.Hilton, Lafell, Bowe, Torrey Smith, or Ryan Broyles. (had receiver problems all year, find that I can never have too many)

  5. Sean – I actually all of those backs better than Jackson at this point. Ballard would probably be my top choice, with Thomas second. As for the D, the Giants are the choice long-term, though Carolina is arguably better for this week (but it’s close).

    Steve – For me, it’s Nicks, Hilton & Smith

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