by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Kicker is often viewed as a position fantasy owners can ignore, and it’s fair theory. They certainly don’t play a prominent role, but they do play a role all the same and could mean the difference between winning and losing on a weekly basis. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at our rankings:
- Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears
- John Tucker – Baltimore Ravens
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots
- Matt Prater – Denver Broncos
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys
- Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders
- Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins
- Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings
- Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills
- Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers
- Nick Folk – New York Jets
- Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers
- Sebastian Janikowski is not viewed the same way he used to be, but he still has a big leg and can hit field goals from a distance. He also plays in an offense that could struggle to score TD, meaning they could have to settle for field goals. He struggled last season, but he also was banged up (including a rib injury). Don’t write him off.
- Graham Gano gets the nod for the final spot over a few similar options thanks to an ability to hit from long range (6 field goals of 50+ yards a year ago). Throw in the questionable Panthers offense and what’s not to like?
- Surprised to see John Tucker in the second spot? Remember, he tied for the league lead in field goals last season (38, with Stephen Gostkowski) and went 6-for-7 from 50+ yards.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: