by Ray Kuhn
Wind will continue to come into play this week at the kicker position and our job remains the same, limit the risk factors while maximizing the points. It isn’t that simple and easy in real life, but we can try. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Ryan Succop – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. LA Rams
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Carolina
- Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins – at Denver
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – vs. Detroit
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tennessee
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
- Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Michael Badgley – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. NY Jets
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Daniel Carlson – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Kansas City
- Rodrigo Blankenship – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Green Bay
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Indianapolis
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Las Vegas
- For the last few years we have become accustomed to seeing Justin Tucker at the top of these lists. The veteran was not only our most reliable, but also one of our best options. While his production this season puts him further down on the Top 10 list, it doesn’t mean his performance truly has dipped. Tucker has missed just one of his 17 field goal attempts, and it came from beyond 50 yards, and he is perfect on his 28 extra points. Leg strength hasn’t proven to be an issue with eight kicks from beyond 40 to 49 yards and two more of greater than 50 yards. If there were to be any concern, it is that Tucker has attempted just one field goal in each of the last three weeks, but the distance behind those kicks and a few extra point attempts help to mitigate that risk.
- This week’s installment of a solid kicker coming off a bye week brings us to Younghoe Koo. He is another Top 10 option, but following his bye in Week 10 he experienced a 28% dip in ownership. You would expect to see that decrease as you don’t want to tie a roster spot up, but all that means is that there is an opportunity for this week. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense have been showing the ability to move the ball downfield and Koo has benefited with 13 field goals in his last five games, with perfect efficiency, along with 12 extra points (on 13 attempts). Leg strength also isn’t an issue as he has 10 field goals from beyond 40 yards this season and he will be in a dome this week so weather won’t be an issue.
- If you can be disappointed in fantasy kickers, then we have to mention Harrison Butker. It’s hard to find fault with the Kansas City offense, Butker has 33 extra point attempts, but he has missed a surprising six. Perhaps the greater problem, not even just the lack of opportunity (17 field goal attempts) is the lack of distance with just one field goal from 40 to 49 yards and three from beyond 50 yards. Butker squeaks onto this list but he hasn’t lived up to expectations (again if this is even a thing for kickers).
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