Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kickers are often overlooked, but there are times where they could actually be the difference between winning and losing in a given week.  Who is the best options for Week 3?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Kansas City
  2. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
  3. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tampa Bay
  4. Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  5. Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
  6. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  7. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – at Baltimore
  8. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  9. Nick Folk – New York Jets – vs. Detroit
  10. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
  11. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – at Oakland
  12. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Carolina
  13. Kai Forbath – Washington Redskins– vs. New York Giants
  14. Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  15. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago

Thoughts:

  • The struggles of New England’s offense has led to more field goal attempts for Stephen Gostkowski.  He’s connected on 8 fields goals over the first three games, including 4 of 40+ yards.  Considered one of the best in the league, it’s hard not to like him this week regardless of the state of New England’s offense as a whole.
  • Cody Parkey has gotten his career off to a good start, with 8 field goals and 11 extra points over the first three weeks.  Obviously having a high-powered offense behind him helps, but he could be knocked down a few pegs against the 49ers this week.  Then again, against a tough defense, could they have to settle for a few more field goals?  He’s already emerged as a potential Top 10 option on a weekly basis.
  • Miami’s offense has stumbled a bit, partly due to poor QB play, but Caleb Sturgis has connected on 7 field goals and draws a matchup against the Raiders.  We all know how bad they are, and they’ve already allowed 8 field goals on the season.  He’s not a high level option, but a viable one all the same.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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