Kickers are really not in an ideal situation. Essentially they only get attention when they mess up, and the problem is that it is generally a regular occurrence for at least one kicker a week (looking at you Cairo Santos). Let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank and hope that none of them repeat Santos’ epic struggle:
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. San Francisco
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New Orleans
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
- Mike Nugent – New England Patriots – vs. NY Giants
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at LA Rams
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
- Matt Gay – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Chase McLaughlin – LA Chargers – vs. Pittsburgh
- Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
- Despite being a top-5 kicker so far this season, Josh Lambo is owned in just 20% of ESPN leagues. Jacksonville has been able to move the ball consistently and there should be some points scored against the Saints. Lambo has yet to miss a kick going 12 for 12 on field goal attempts while also converting nine extra points. As far as consistency goes, he has made a minimum of two field goals while knocking down four field goals two weeks ago in Denver.
- It has been a down season for Matt Bryant thus far, well really the whole Falcons, but he does have a proven track record of success. This week Atlanta faces the Cardinals who aren’t the strongest of opponents, and who have allowed the third most points to opposing kickers. While Bryant has missed two field goals, the problem is that he has only attempted six of them. On extra points he has been perfect on all 10 of his kicks, and his lack of production can’t be blamed on performance. Perhaps this week against the Cardinals Bryant and the Falcons find their groove.
- I guess we probably should mention Mike Nugent, right? One of the good things about being the kicker for the Patriots is that there is only one of them. When it comes to Nugent we don’t have to worry about there being a timeshare or any playing time issues. Last week, in his debut with the Patriots, he made both of his field goal attempts while also converting three of his four extra points. At the very least I would expect that production to continue against a Giants team that will fail to offer up much in the way of resistance on the defensive side of the ball.
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