by Ray Kuhn
At this point in the season, the best thing you can ask for from your kicker is for them not to blow your season. In all honesty, as crude as it might sound, there really isn’t much else to say. So without further ado let’s jump right into the rankings:
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Pittsburgh
- Jason Myers – NY Jets – vs. Green Bay
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at Philadelphia
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – at Arizona
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at LA Chargers
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at Seattle
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Aldrick Rosas – NY Giants – at Indianapolis
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at NY Jets
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Chicago
- Cody Parkey – Chicago Bears – at San Francisco
- Jake Elliott – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Houston
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. NY Giants
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- While the Steelers have been tough against opposing kickers, it’s still hard to find many options better than Will Lutz for this week. New Orleans is at home so weather is not an issue and we know their offense is one of the best in the league. Lutz has also had his share of success, he’s second among kickers, but he has slowed down as of late. Each of the last four weeks have been single digit affairs for Lutz, but at the same time he has been perfect on his six field goal attempts. We should note that three of those games came on the road, and in the other game he converted four extra point attempts.
- The weather in the northeast is always touch and go this time of year, but Ka’imi Fairbairn handled things without incident last week. On the road against the Jets the number one ranked kicker was perfect on his seven kicks, five field goals and two extra points. In fact it was the second time in three weeks that he made five field goals as he continues to find success. He finds himself in a perfect situation as the Texans move the ball well, at least until they stall. So far Houston has scored touchdowns on just 50% of their red zone drives, so that has led to a lot of work for Fairbairn.
- If you want to play the match-up game you can take a look at one of the more reliable options in veteran Adam Vinatieri. He is a borderline Top 12 option this season, and the Giants do happen to allow the second most points to opposing kickers. The fact that the game will be taking place in a dome helps as we don’t have to pay attention to the weather forecast. The problem is that while the overall body of work is good, Vinatieri has seven games in which he has either one or no field goals and that inconsistency might be too much to bear.
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