Week 1 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Kickers

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by Ray Kuhn

Here we are back at this for another season, so let’s strap in for some more fun with kickers. Some give them a raw deal, especially in fantasy circles, but they are people too with fantasy value. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  3. Greg Zuerlein – Dallas Cowbaoys – at LA Rams
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  5. Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
  6. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at NY Giants
  7. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  8. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  9. Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
  10. Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  11. Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  12. Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at Kansas City
  13. Stephen Gostkowski – Tennessee Titans – at Denver
  14. Daniel Carlson – Las Vegas Raiders – at Carolina
  15. Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – vs. Las Vegas

Notes:

  • It seems he has been around forever, but Matt Prater just keeps on ticking. The veteran has finished with a top-10 season in three of the last four years, and there is no reason not to expect that to continue. Detroit’s offense is good, but not good enough that they will convert all of their red zone opportunities. Against a solid Chicago defense to start the season, that should lead to multiple field goal attempts.
  • Atlanta has one of the best passing offenses in football, but last season their running game left something to be desired. How the signing of Todd Gurley effects that remains to be seen, but regardless Younghoe Koo should be busy this week against the Seahawks. He was picked up by the Falcons in Week 10 last season and he promptly converted 23 of his 26 field goal attempts along with 15 of 16 extra points. Koo made his lone kick from beyond 50 yards in addition of seven of nine from between 40 and 49 yards, so I’m not too concerned about leg strength or opportunity.
  • A popular kicker over the past few seasons who is looking to bounce back after a down year is Greg Zuerlein. After spending his entire career with the Rams, he now calls Dallas home as he looks to recover from his struggles in 2019 where he converted just five of 11 kicks from between 40 and 49 yards. On a brighter note, he did make all 42 of his extra point attempts in 2019 and you shouldn’t forget about him.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

4 COMMENTS

  1. 14 Team, 1/2 PPR. Chris Boswell, Younghoe Koe, Jason Myers, Joey Slye, Daniel Carlson or Stephen Gostkowski? Also, this will likely be a last minute add so can you give me two or three options? Thanks!

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