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2012 Player Rankings: Kickers
Updated: September 2, 2012
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Tier 1
David Akers - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 3%
2009 PHI 16 37 32 86% 52 45 43 139
2010 PHI 16 38 32 84% 50 47 47 143
2011 SFO 16 52 44 85% 55 34 34 166
Avg   16 42 36 86%   42 41 149
Proj FA     42       42 168

Think Philly looks good in the rear-view mirror? Akers took his left foot to the Bay area, where San Francisco’s offense was good enough to set him up for 52 field goal attempts—and he was good enough to convert an NFL-record 44 en route to another league record for points. Even if the Niners convert a few more of those treys into PATs Akers has the wiggle room to remain at or near the top of fantasy point-producing kickers.

Stephen Gostkowski - NEP YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2009 NEP 16 31 26 84% 53 47 47 125
2010 NEP 8 13 10 77% 43 26 26 56
2011 NEP 16 33 28 85% 50 59 59 143
Avg   13 26 21 81%   44 44 107
Proj NEP     32       54 150

The Big Gostkowski has averaged 30 field goal attempts and 53 PATs a year since entering the league, and the New England offense shows no signs of slowing down. When you can pencil in double-digit fantasy points from your kicker spot on a regular basis, you give yourself a whole lot more wiggle room elsewhere.

Tier 2
Sebastian Janikowski - OAK YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2009 OAK 16 29 26 90% 61 17 17 95
2010 OAK 16 41 33 80% 59 43 43 142
2011 OAK 15 35 31 89% 63 36 36 129
Avg   16 35 30 86%   32 32 122
Proj OAK     36       40 148

Say what you want about the former first-round pick, Seabass has been solid. And now that he has an offense giving him chances—the last two seasons have produced the most field goal attempts of his career as well as two top-five PAT opportunities—he’s throwing up triple-digit point totals and paying fantasy dividends. The big leg and subsequent long field goals are an added bonus in distance scoring leagues.

08-25-12 Update: Janikowski left the game with a groin injury. We'll ding him a little until it is certain that he will be ready for week one.

Dan Bailey - DAL YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2009                  
2010                  
2011 DAL 16 37 32 86% 51 39 39 135
Avg   16 37 32 86%   39 39 135
Proj DAL     35       40 145

Bailey’s 135 points in his first NFL season look enticing, but owners who were banking on him in the fantasy playoffs were rewarded with just two field goal attempts, one three-pointer, and not enough PATs to make up the difference. The Dallas offense looks ready to put points on the board once again, and Bailey’s late-season struggles may just lower his price for you.

Matt Bryant - ATL YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2009 ATL 5 10 7 70% 51 10 10 31
2010 ATL 16 31 28 90% 51 44 44 128
2011 ATL 16 29 27 93% 51 45 45 126
Avg   12 23 21 91%   33 33 96
Proj ATL     30       48 138

Bryant bounced around for almost a decade before landing a home in Atlanta. He’s made 92 percent of his kicks in two full seasons as the Falcons’ kicker, with an offense that gives him north of 40 PATs and is threatening to push that number even higher.

Garrett Hartley - FA* YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2009 NOS 5 11 9 82% 38 11 10 37
2010 NOS 14 25 20 80% 52 40 40 100
2011 NOS                
Avg   6 12 10 83%   17 17 47
Proj FA*     28       54 138

(-Risk) Opportunities abound for the New Orleans kicker, but it’s a gig Hartley seems unable to hold on to. Last year it was a hip flexor injury in the preseason that cost him 16 games, bringing his four-year total to 37 missed games. That’s 10 more than he’s actually played, by the way. Obviously, if Hartley manages to avoid injury, suspension, or inaccuracy he’ll be a point- producing machine, but he’ll have to beat out John Kasay in a training camp competition to secure the gig—and Kasay is always just a phone call away.

Alex Henery - DET YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2009                  
2010                  
2011 PHI 16 27 24 89% 51 46 46 118
Avg   16 27 24 89%   46 46 118
Proj DET     30       47 137

The rookie missed three kicks in his first four games, then was perfect the rest of the way. Sure, the guy he replaced went on to set an NFL record for points, but Henery acquitted himself just fine. Philly’s offense remains potent, making Henery a solid fantasy option—and that rarest of entities, a kicker worth locking down in dynasty leagues as well.

Mason Crosby - GBP YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2009 GBP 16 36 27 75% 52 49 48 129
2010 GBP 16 28 22 79% 56 46 46 112
2011 GBP 16 28 24 86% 58 69 68 140
Avg   16 31 24 77%   55 54 126
Proj GBP     25       60 135

A consistent, accurate kicker with a big leg tacking on points for an explosive offense… yep, Crosby has just about everything you could want in a fantasy kicker. Sure, there are more favorable places to kick than Lambeau in winter, but Crosby averaged 10 points per game in three December home tilts last season. If the ice and snow don’t dissuade Crosby, they shouldn’t keep you from tabbing him as your fantasy kicker.

Matt Prater - DEN YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2009 DEN 16 35 30 86% 51 32 32 122
2010 DEN 12 18 16 89% 59 29 28 76
2011 DEN 16 25 19 76% 59 30 30 87
Avg   15 26 22 85%   30 30 96
Proj DEN     30       41 131

After dipping below triple digits the past two seasons, Prater now gets to tack on points for the retooled Peyton Manning-led offense. Go ahead, dream of more PATs, more field goal attempts (preferably at the 86% accuracy rate of 2009- 2010 rather than last season’s 76%), and long kicks in the rarified Mile High air. You just might have found yourself a sleeper fantasy kicker.

Tier 3
Nate Kaeding - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2009 SDC 16 35 32 91% 55 51 50 146
2010 SDC 13 28 23 82% 50 40 40 109
2011                  
Avg   15 32 28 88%   46 45 129
Proj FA     27       50 131

(-Risk) After blowing out his knee on the opening kickoff of 2011, Kaeding is expected to be ready for the start of the season. He’ll battle Nick Novak, who replaced him last year, for what should be a plum fantasy gig: tacking on points for the always-explosive Chargers offense.

   
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