Picking a kicker is sometimes a very frustrating process. Even when you think that you have it right, they go out there and miss a kick (or two). As we now work our way into November, the emphasis on weather and kicking conditions begins to increase so that is another variable to consider. With that being the case, let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- Matt Gay – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cinncinnati
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Michael Badgley – LA Chargers – at Oakland
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. LA Rams
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
- Sam Ficken – NY Jets – vs. NY Giants
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- If you are looking to replace your kicker due to the bye week, or just upgrade, Matt Gay and his 58% ownership are worth a look. Not only has he been a Top 10 option this season, the Cardinals (who he is facing) have allowed opposing kickers to be Top 10 options. Kicking at home, in Tampa Bay, means Gay won’t have to contend with winter and we know that a lot of points will be scored. Gay has had a few quieter weeks, but with 16 of 19 field goal attempts converted (he is also 20 of 22 on extra points), he generally has been busy. With three field goals from beyond 50 yards, and six from the 40 to 49 range, he has also showed off a strong leg.
- Brett Maher’s ownership is beginning to creep up, but he is still available in a little more than half of ESPN leagues. The problem, and it is something interesting to take note of, is that he has attempted just one field goal all season in the 40 to 49 yard category (and it was missed). It’s not like Dallas doesn’t trust Maher, as he has made four of his seven field goals from beyond 50 yards. What does endear him is the fact that he is perfect on his 26 extra point attempts. The Dallas offense has shown the ability to move the ball, they are in even a better position now with their offensive line healthy, but Minnesota’s defense will likely be able to keep them out of the end zone at times.
- If the Bengals are going to score any points this week, they likely will come courtesy of Randy Bullock’s leg. Cincinnati has had their share of struggles this season, and now with Andy Dalton taking the rest of the season off and with an untested rookie under center Baltimore’s defense should be ripe to take advantage of the situation. It also should not be surprising that the Ravens have allowed the sixth most points to opposing kickers, so that is another reason why Randy Bullock should have a solid afternoon. Bullock has only missed two kicks all season (both from beyond 40 yards, one in the 50-plus category), and his only issue has been lack of opportunity. This might be the week he gets a few long field goal chances.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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