by Ray Kuhn
Last week brought us into November and with it brought weather concerns. This will be an ongoing trend as we enter the colder months and it bears watching at the kicker position. Let’s jump into how our options rank for this week:
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
- Younghoe Koo – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Denver
- Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Carolina
- Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers – at Kansas City
- Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Atlanta
- Ryan Succop – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Michael Badgley – LA Chargers – vs. Las Vegas
- Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Miami
- Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- Rodrigo Blankenship – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
- Daniel Carlson – Las Vegas Raiders – at LA Chargers
- Graham Gano – New York Giants – at Washington
- Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Green Bay
- Jason Myers – Seattle Seahawks – at Buffalo
- There is often little to no consequence to streaming kickers on a weekly basis and it is interesting to see Younghoe Koo’s ownership drop by about 8% this week in ESPN leagues. Koo is a top-five kicker who is coming off a week in which he was successful on all four of his field goal attempts while making one of two extra points. Aside from two weeks ago against Detroit when Koo didn’t attempt a field goal, the Atlanta kicker has made at least two field goals in each game. We would like to see Koo be more efficient on extra points (17 of 20) but with 20 field goal attempts (at a 95% success rate) he has been busy over his first seven games of the season.
- Another top-five kicker so far this season in Ryan Succop is available in roughly 70% of ESPN leagues as of late Wednesday night, and I’m not sure why that is the case. Tampa Bay has established themselves as a strong offense and that is evidenced by Succop’s 26 extra points (out of 27 attempts) so far this season. Succop has also converted six of his eight field goals from beyond 40 yards and I would expect to see a high level of volume continue this week in what should be a high scoring affair against New Orleans.
- So far this season the Vikings have allowed the most points to opposing kickers and that should benefit Matt Prater. Prater never seems to age and he should also benefit from the absence of Matthew Stafford as we should see an increase in stalled drives from the Lions. Prater hasn’t missed a kick this season (both field goal and extra point) of 39 yards or less and with two field goals of more than 50 yards, there is still some leg strength there.
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