by Ray Kuhn
Let’s just keep going with what works here; target high scoring offenses, kickers who have had success and frequent opportunities, and those with propensity for long distance kicks. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New England
- Stephen Gostkowski – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Washington
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Atlanta
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – at Miami
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Detroit
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. New Orleans
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
- Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – at Carolina
- Rodrigo Blakenship – Indianapolis Colts – at Chicago
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
- Daniel Carlson – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Buffalo
- Ryan Succop – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. LA Chargers
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – vs. Arizona
- We have to hope that the Titans are able to take the field this week (at this point all signs point to them doing so) but Stephen Gostkowski’s Week 1 struggles are very much behind him. Ultimately he made the one kick that mattered to send Tennessee to victory but it was not a good day he missed all three of his field goal attempts between 40 and 49 yards along with an extra point attempt. Since then, he has converted five of his six extra points but it’s what he has done in the field goal department that is more important. In the past two weeks Gostkowski has made all eight of his field goal attempts, and last week he showed that leg strength isn’t an issue as he made three kicks from beyond 50 yards.
- As Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense continues to find their footing, one of the beneficiaries will be Ryan Succop. To this point, things have been quiet for Succop as he has attempted just five field goals (making four) and nine extra points (making eight). His lone missed field goal did come from beyond 50 yards, but overall he has yet to truly get going. Through the first three weeks of the season the Chargers have allowed the second most points to opposing fantasy kickers, and I would expect Succop to take advantage of that as Tampa Bay continues to look for and find their groove.
- While Carson Wentz continues to struggle and find his footing, that means more field goal opportunities for Jake Elliot. The Eagles’ kicker had a strong effort last week as he was perfect on five kicks (three field goals and two extra points) while also converting his first kicks this season from both the 40-49 and 50-plus ranges. Elliot has a track record of being a dependable option, and that trend should continue.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings: