by Ray Kuhn
I don’t want to jinx anything, but it has been a relatively quiet season at the kicker position. That doesn’t mean much, but kickers are always best left seen and not heard. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins – vs. LA Chargers
- Daniel Carlson – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Denver
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Graham Gano – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Las Vegas
- Rodrigo Blankenship – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Jacksonville
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Buffalo
- Tyler Bass – Buffalo Bills – at Arizona
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – at LA Rams
- Ryan Succop – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Banging the drum for a fantasy kicker and trying to drum up his ownership numbers just seems like a crazy thing to do. But with a clear top five, at worst, option still available in 75% of ESPN leagues as of Tuesday night, you simply do what you can. It figures to be a shootout against the Charges this week and the Miami offense is only picking up steam with Tua Tagovalioa under center. Last week Jason Sanders was perfect on his two field goals from beyond 50 yards as he has yet to miss a kick so far this season (17 field goals and 21 extra points) while also showing off leg strength with four kicks from beyond 50 yards and an additional four from the 40 to 49 range.
- As he comes off his bye week, ownership shouldn’t be an issue for Randy Bullock. The fact that Joe Burrow struggles to throw touchdown passes, just 11 so far, works in Bullock’s favor as the Bengals are moving the ball and stalling. This is why Bullock is a top-five kicker so far season with 18 field goals made while being perfect on all 20 of his extra point attempts. Cincinnati should have trouble against a tough Pittsburgh defense so lot of their scoring will likely run through Bullock.
- Don’t look now but there is some value to be found on the Giants as their offense begins to show some flashes. One unexpected place where that value can be found is with Graham Gano. New York has struggled to get into the end zone which has left him with just 13 extra point attempts (on which he has been perfect) but Gano has also made 19 of his 20 field goal attempts. The main thing here for me is the leg strength Gano has displayed making all four of his field goals from 40 to 49 yards while converting four of five from beyond 50 yards.
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