Week 16 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

Often overlooked, kickers often play a much bigger role than anyone anticipates.  Who should we trust this week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
  2. Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – at Baltimore
  3. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Carolina
  4. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
  5. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  6. Shayne Graham – Houston Texans – vs. Minnesota
  7. Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. St. Louis
  8. Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  9. John Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New York Giants
  10. Phil Dawson – Cleveland Browns – at Denver
  11. Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – vs. Cleveland
  12. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Houston
  13. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Kansas City
  14. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  15. Garrett Hartley – New Orleans Saints – at Dallas

Thoughts:

  • Sebastian Janikowski is coming off a big week (he went five-for-six, including a pair over 50 yards), though overall his season has not been anything special.  However taking on the Panthers, who have allowed 32 field goals this season, he could be in line for another big week.  He should be considered a top five option.
  • The New Orleans Saints give up a lot of points and Dan Bailey has performed well in recent weeks (8-for-8 over the past four games, including two field goals over 50 yards).  It’s a nice situation to try and exploit with your fantasy title hanging in the balance.
  • Matt Prater kicking at home is always a good thing (13-of-15, including 2-of-3 from 50+ yards).  However, the Cleveland Browns are actually tied for the fewest field goals allowed this season at 17.  That keeps him suppressed, a little bit, though he remains a good option in all formats.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 Rankings:

Week 16 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 16 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

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