Here today, gone tomorrow… While there certainly are the elite kickers who stick around year after year, there are often a few new pieces each season. At the same time there are some kickers whose value just takes a cliff dive from one year to the next. We also have to remember that for as good as a kicker may or may not be, they are also dependent upon both their teams offense and opposing defenses. Let’s jump into how this week’s options rank:
- Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. NY Jets
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – at Cleveland
- Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Seattle
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Pittsburgh
- Stephen Hauschka – Buffalo Bills – vs. Cincinnati
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
- Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at LA Chargers
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
- Matt Gay – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. NY Giants
- Eddy Pineiro – Chicago Bears – at Washington
- Aldrick Rosas – NY Giants – at Tampa Bay
- This year’s example of a kicker who has emerged out of nowhere is Joey Slye. It is very likely that until two weeks ago you had never heard of the Carolina kicker, but he is currently one of the top fantasy kickers this season. Slye has seen an over 15% surge in ownership in ESPN leagues already this week, and this week’s opponent (Arizona) has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing kickers. With Cam Newton likely sidelined the Panthers offense could stall out on multiple drives which should open up opportunity for Slye. The biggest thing that has worked in his favor is the fact that he is 3 for 4 on field goal attempts of greater than 50 yards.
- Another Top 10 option at the position who has some greater buzz surrounding him is Eddy Pineiro. A decent amount of that attention is likely tied to the kicker issues for the Bears that dated back to last season and followed through to their audition process this off-season. After converting his second kick of the day from beyond 50 yards to win last week’s game, Pineiro picked up a little more attention. So far he has been perfect on all five of his attempts, four field goals and one extra point, and facing a middle of the road defense (Washington) this week should work to his advantage. The same can also be said for a Bears’ offense that has yet to fully take flight.
- Aldrick Rosas happens to kick for one of the teams making a quarterback change this week, as New York’s was a result of Eli Manning’s struggles, but it isn’t fair to put the Giants poor start on one person. Last week Rosas missed his only field goal attempt of the afternoon, but he has been perfect on all four of his extra point chances. This week he faces Tampa Bay, who has allowed the most points to opposing kickers so far this season, and he does it with a rookie quarterback making his first career start under center. That should translate into more field goals than touchdowns for the Giants.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings: