Week 5 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 5?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburg Steelers – at Jacksonville
  2. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston
  3. Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers – vs. New York Jets
  4. Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. St. Louis
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
  7. Alex Henery – Detroit Lions – vs. Buffalo
  8. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
  9. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
  10. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  11. Greg Zuerlein – St. Louis Rams – at Philadelphia
  12. Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – at Denver
  13. Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Kansas City
  14. Shayne Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota

Thoughts:

  • While the Houston Texans have allowed just 4 field goals over the first four weeks, does anyone truly believe that Dan Bailey won’t make an impact?  He’s connected on 4 field goals from 40-49 yards and another 2 from 50+ (8 field goals total), as well as 13 extra points.  Matchup or not, he’s going to be one of the better options.
  • The Panthers struggles to find the end zone help to hurt Graham Gano’s appeal (only 5 extra points).  That said, he’s connected on 8 field goals and draws a Bears defense that has already yielded 10 field goals.
  • It didn’t take long for the Lions to become comfortable with Alex Henery, allowing him to attempt of 50+ yard field goals.  Kicking inside and against the Bills (8 field goals allowed), he’s immediately a trustworthy option.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

8 comments

  1. Steve L says:

    Sorry to ask in the Kicker section, but I’m wondering if I should bench Garcon this week in favor of Reuben Randle, Matthews, or John Brown. Could also play Heath Miller at the flex. What would you suggest?

    • Tough, as Garcon is the clear best option but with a bad matchup. If I was going to sit him, it would be for Randle because at least he’s the #2 option. Both Matthews & Brown are #3, at best, and are impossible to trust.

      As for the FLEX, anyone against Jacksonville is a good play. I’d roll Miller there

  2. Law says:

    Do you think its worth dropping Bryant for Vinatieri, Suisham, Graham or Nugent this week? Thanks.

  3. Tom says:

    Gostkowski feels like a risky play this week especially since he did jack Monday night and is facing a tough Cin D. Last year, he only scored 6 against them. I’m thinking about grabbing Josh Brown over say Gano, because I am not sure Car can move the ball at all with no RB and a gimpy Newton. Thoughts?

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