by Ray Kuhn
Let’s hope your week wasn’t riding on Stephen Gostkowski late on Monday night. The formally dependable New England kicker missed multiple kicks against the Broncos, he never should have been in the position to make a game winning kick for that reason. Of course, Gostkowski did come through for the Titans when it counted, but such is life for NFL kickers. Enjoy the roller coast, although it often isn’t a good one, and let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Las Vegas
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Chargers
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Denver
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at NY Jets
- Greg Zuerlein – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons – at Dallas
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
- Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – at Indianapolis
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New England
- Graham Gano – Chicago Bears – at Chicago
- Last season, things didn’t go all that well for the Green Bay offense. Despite their regular season success in the win column, their offense just wasn’t all that sharp. The same wasn’t true for Mason Crosby as he missed just two field goals (both from beyond 40 yards) and one extra point attempt, but he did suffer from lack of volume. With Aaron Rodgers having a resurgence last week, that changed as Crosby was one of the highest scoring kickers of the week. Crosby connected on both of his field goals, including one from the 40 to 49 range, while making all five of his extra point attempts. And as we enter the waivers period for Week 2, Crosby is owned in just 18.1% of ESPN leagues.
- As we stick with a theme, Joey Slye is owned in just 4.6% of leagues so if you need to replace a kicker, he should be on your radar. While Slye did miss one of his two extra point attempts, he converted all three of his field goals which included two from the 40-49 range. Carolina showed the ability to move the ball on Sunday, but in just game two of the Teddy Bridgewater era they aren’t yet a finished product and we can expect Slye to be the beneficiary of some drives that stall out. Additionally, Tampa Bay’s defense (Carolina’s opponent this week) should facilitate that as well.
- While he doesn’t receive the same buzz as some of the other veteran kickers, Robbie Gould should not be discounted. He converted all four of his attempts on Sunday (two extra points and two field goals) while also showing off his leg strength with one of those kicks coming from beyond 50 yards. The Jets defense leaves a lot to be desired so Gould should be busy this week and the 49ers’ offense isn’t strong enough to convert all of their drives into touchdowns.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: