Week 7 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 7?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Atlanta
  4. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers – at Denver
  6. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Baltimore
  7. Nick Novak – San Diego Chiefs – vs. Kansas City
  8. Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – at Oakland
  9. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Houston
  10. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Buffalo
  11. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – vs. Minnesota
  12. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – at Indianapolis
  13. Randy Bullock – Houston Texans – at Pittsburgh
  14. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – at Chicago
  15. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • Justin Tucker has connected on 13 field goals, as well as 17 extra points.  Taking on an Atlanta defense that has yielded 12 goals and 16 extra points, there’s an awful lot to like.  While Baltimore isn’t going to score 48 points again, they definitely have the potential to rack up the points once again.
  • Brandon McManus won the Broncos’ kicking job, but he hasn’t been given many opportunities as of yet (6 of 7).  Kicking in Denver or not, the 49ers are one of the tougher defenses in the league and he could easily continue settling for extra points.
  • It’s easy to overlook Chandler Catanzaro, but he’s already connected on 14 field goals and you figure that the offense is only going to get better thanks to the return of Carson Palmer.  Throw in a matchup against the Oakland Raiders and there’s a lot to like from the under-the-radar option.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed 14 field goals this season so it’s hard not to like Randy Bullock (9 field goals made, including two from 50+ yards).  While he’s hardly a must start option, as a bye week fill-in he’s worth considering.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Week 7 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 7 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

5 comments

  1. Bob says:

    Catanzaro’s schedule is also convenient with regard to weather. Take a look at it. His only non-dome, road game where weather MAY be an issue is week 12 in Seattle. All others, he looks good. Also, he already had his bye week.

  2. Sizzle says:

    McManus has been a frustrating and disappointing start most every week, but shouldn’t there be a little more optimism for this week considering that:

    1. Denver plays in the Mile High air
    2. SF has a top-third defense that might do a better job of curbing Peyton’s red zone proficiency

    Then again, McManus only managed 6 points vs. KC in Week 2. How was Prater so damn good last year?

    • It goes to show you that it was a little bit more than just the offense, doesn’t it? McManus was in contention for the bottom of the rankings, but it really is tough to trust him given what he’s done this season.

  3. steve says:

    I’m wondering why you wouldn’t place Prater in the top 15 playing in a dome week 7? I know he was rusty last week, but I predict a top 10 big game for him this weekend.

    • It’s definitely possible, but it’s a mix of his poor performance last week and the potential for the offense to struggle a bit. At the same time, it wouldn’t shock me if Prater did have a top performance

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