Consider the facts, target consistent success, check the opponent and the weather while hoping for the best. I know that sounds overly simplistic, but in reality that is what it comes down to when dealing with kickers. So let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
- Josh Lambo – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. NY Jets
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
- Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Cincinnati
- Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. NY Giants
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – at New Orleans
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
- Matt Gay – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
- Stephen Hauschka – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
- Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington
- Mike Nugent – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
- Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
- Cody Parkey – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
- It’s really hard to find a better situation than the one Greg Zuerlein is in this week. At least potentially except for one key piece of information. This week the Rams are playing in London, so before truly pulling the trigger it’s worth giving an extra glance at the weather and expected field conditions. Other than that things line up great for him, as he has been one of the best kickers in the league while the Bengals have allowed the second most points to opposing kickers. With that being said, Zuerlein has missed four kicks from the 40-49 range so far this season.
- The team that has allowed the most points to opposing kickers so far this season is Tampa Bay, and that puts Cody Parkey on our radars for the first time season. Parkey replaced an ineffective Cairo Santos two weeks ago, and last week was the first time we saw it in the box score. After the Titans were shut out in his first game, Parkey made his lone field goal attempt last week while converting two of three extra points. Tennessee saw somewhat of a resurgence last week with Ryan Tanenhill under center and there’s no reason not to expect it to continue against the Buccaneers this week.
- It feels like he has been around forever, but once again, Matt Prater is a Top 10 option. The fact that the Lions are at home helps as we don’t have to be at all concerned about the weather or kicking conditions (although it is early in the year), but it’s all about the results to this point. Prater has three weeks of double digit point production, and only one week this season that would be a disappointment as the Lions have kept him busy with 30 kicks in total; 15 field goals and 15 extra points. With three made field goals in the 40-49 range and another four from beyond 50 yards, leg strength is not something we have to worry about from Prater either.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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