August 29, 2018

NFL FANTASY PREVIEW: Top 20 kickers

by Dan Bilicki In: Fantasy, Football

You can leave this position until the last round of your draft since the difference between the top-end kickers and the low-end of the top 10 isn’t too much. A season like Zuerlein’s 2017 is an anomaly.

1. Greg Zuerlein, LAR

38 FGs, 44 PATs, 182 points.

Despite missing the final two games of the season, Legatron finished as the best kicker by 10 points and had an astounding 13 points per game.

2. Stephen Gostkowski, NE

37 FGs, 45 PATs, 172 points.

Perennially among the top kickers in the league as the leg behind one of the NFL’s best offences.

3. Justin Tucker, BAL

34 FGs, 39 PATs, 162 points.

Another of the most consistent performers, Tucker has hit at least 30 FGs in five of this six NFL seasons.

4. Harrison Butker, KC

38 FGs, 28 PATs, 160 points.

After taking over kicking duties in Week 4, Butker’s 12.3 fantasy points per game trailed only Zuerlein.

5. Wil Lutz, NO

31 FGs, 47 PATs, 162 points.

There’s perks to kicking for one of the league’s most prolific offences, like leading the NFL in PATs.

6. Matt Bryant, ATL

34 FGs, 35 PATs, 162 points.

He may be 43 years old, but he can still boot it, leading the NFL with eight field goals made from 50+ yards last year.

7. Jake Elliott, PHI

26 FGs, 39 PATs, 139 points.

Perhaps the Bengals should’ve kept the rookie last season. He went on to hit a few big kicks for the Super Bowl champs.

8. Matt Prater, DET

30 FGs, 40 PATs, 151 points.

Was the only kicker to attempt more than nine field goals from 50-plus yards, hitting seven.

9. Dan Bailey, DAL

15 FGs, 26 PATs, 81 points.

Fell off his perch as the most accurate kicker in NFL history and also missed four games in 2017.

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould kicks a field goal last season. (AP PHOTO)

10. Robbie Gould, SF

39 FGs, 28 PATs, 170 points.

Made 21 of his 22 field goal attempts from 40+ yards last season.

11. Chris Boswell, PIT

35 FGs, 37 PATs, 159 points.

His range is the biggest concern, with a career long of 53 yards and just six field goals made of 50+ yards in three years.

12. Mason Crosby, GB

16 FGs, 33 PATs, 84 points.

Hasn’t missed a game in his 11-year career, but his FG accuracy dropped below 80% for first time in five seasons.

13. Brandon McManus, DEN

24 FGs, 27 PATs, 109 points.

He was the only kicker to miss two field goals from within 30 yards last season and, overall, his FG% was just 75%.

14. Ryan Succop, TEN

35 FGs, 31 PATs, 156 points.

Tied for the league lead in field goal attempts with 42 and all seven of his misses came from at least 40 yards out.

15. Daniel Carlson, MIN

2018 rookie

The Vikings used a fifth-round pick on the rookie, then handed him the job by cutting Kai Forbath.

16. Adam Vinatieri, IND

29 FGs, 22 PATs, 125 points.

The oldest player in the NFL is just 58 points away from becoming the all-time leader.

17. Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU

20 FGs, 32 PATs, 104 points.

Has a chance to bring back decent returns if the Texans offence can fire with DeShaun Watson back.

18. Josh Lambo, JAX

19 FGs, 22 PATs, 87 points.

Took over for Jason Myers in Week 7 and then averaged a respectable 8.7 fantasy points per game.

19. Graham Gano, CAR

29 FGs, 34 PATs, 131 points.

Attempted just one 50+-yard field goal and missed it. Led the league in FG% but lacks range.

20. Sebastian Janikowski, SEA

Did not play in 2017.

After missing all of last season with a back injury, the ex-Raider beat out Jason Myers for the Seahawks job.

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