Everyone wants to ignore their kicker, thinking the position is meaningless or interchangeable. However there are times where your kicker could prove to actually be the difference maker (especially with things getting more difficult a year ago). Who are the kickers you should trust and who should you be skeptical about heading into Week 1? Let’s take a look:
- Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Carolina
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Houston
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Tampa Bay
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Cincinnati
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at New Orleans
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Pittsburgh
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Aldrik Rosas – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Michael Badgley – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
- Tucker gets ranked highly due to his consistency, but would it be surprising to see the Ravens finding the end zone this week instead of settling for field goals? That’s going to knock him down a few spots, but he’s going to consistently be among the better options on a week-to-week basis.
- Over the first two years of his career Elliot has connected on 84.4% of his field goals at home, including going 16-for-19 on kicks of at least 40 yards. Against the Redskins he went 5-for-5 on field goals and the Eagles’ offense could easily have to settle for field goals instead of TD. He’s quickly emerging as one of the better kicking options in the league.
- Does the Giants’ Aldrick Rosas not get the credit he deserves because he only connected on 10 field goals of 40+ yards last season? All he did was go 32-for-33 on field goals overall and 31-for-32 on extra points. On an offense that lost one of it’s most dynamic pieces (Odell Beckham) and could be plagued by questionable quarterback play, do we really expect him not to get ample opportunities?
Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings: