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2011 Player Rankings: Kickers
Updated: September 8, 2011   Print this page Print 
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David Akers - DET YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 17
Keeper: 17
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 PHI 16 33 26 79% 51 45 45 123
2009 PHI 16 37 32 86% 52 45 43 139
2010 PHI 16 38 32 84% 50 47 47 143
Avg   16 36 30 83%   46 45 135
Proj DET     28       29 113

"Hey, David; Philadelphia Eagles here. Thanks for three straight seasons with at least 130 points while converting almost 84 percent of your field goal attempts and leading the NFL in scoring in 2010. Oh, and we just drafted your replacement in the fourth round; don't let the door hit you in the backside on the way out." So Akers takes his game cross-country, where he'll tack on points for a lesser offense and see his fantasy value take a significant hit.

Dan Bailey - DAL YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 25
Keeper: 25
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010                  
Avg   0 0 0   0 0 0
Proj DAL     23       36 105

No analysis available.

Connor Barth - TBB YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 14
Keeper: 14
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 KCC 10 10 8 80% 45 24 24 48
2009 TBB 9 19 14 74% 54 12 12 54
2010 TB 16 28 23 82% 53 36 36 105
Avg   12 19 15 79%   24 24 69
Proj TBB     25       42 117

Barth celebrated his first full season as an NFL kicker by nearly doubling his career point total through his first two years. The key was a solid short game (16-for-16 inside 40 yards), but he's also 4-for-6 from 50 and out over the last two seasons. Tacking on points for an emerging Buccaneers offense should lead to plenty more triple-digit seasons in Barth's future.

Rob Bironas - TEN YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 22
Keeper: 22
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 TEN 16 29 25 86% 51 40 40 115
2009 TEN 16 32 27 84% 53 37 37 118
2010 TEN 16 26 24 92% 55 38 38 110
Avg   16 29 25 86%   38 38 113
Proj TEN     25       33 108

Bironas has seen his field goal attempts--and, subsequently, his point totals-- declin each of the past three seasons. Now the Titans have overhauled the coaching staff and will be breaking in a new quarterback, plus Chris Johnson could hold out... that's more than even Rob's rising accuracy rate--a sterling 92 percent last year--can compensate for. Bottom line, it's fewer scoring opportunities for Bironas.

Josh Brown - NYG YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 11
Keeper: 11
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 STL 16 31 26 84% 54 19 19 97
2009 STL 16 24 19 79% 55 16 16 73
2010 STL 16 39 33 85% 53 27 26 125
Avg   16 31 26 84%   21 20 98
Proj NYG     30       32 122

Brown bounced back his worst NFL season by coming within two points of a personal best in 2010. He still isn’t receiving anywhere near the PAT opportunities he did in Seattle, but the Rams did give him 39 field goal attempts last year and he's banging them home at an 81 percent clip. The Sam Bradford- led offense is on the upswing; that and the climate-controlled environment Brown kicks in make him a sneaky provider of fantasy points.

Matt Bryant - ATL YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 TBB 16 32 26 81% 49 35 34 112
2009 ATL 5 10 7 70% 51 10 10 31
2010 ATL 16 31 28 90% 51 44 44 128
Avg   12 24 20 83%   30 29 89
Proj ATL     30       49 139

Kicking indoors agrees with Bryant, who missed just thrice all of last season and has faltered on only one Georgia Dome attempt since joining the Falcons. He'll see the sky just once after Atlanta's Week 8 bye (Week 14 at Carolina); add to that the Falcons' potent offense and you've got a recipe for a money fantasy kicker.

08-19-11 Update: Julio Jones is looking good and the entire Falcons offense looks like it is ready for the next level.

Dan Carpenter - BUF YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 21
Keeper: 21
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 MIA 16 21 17 81% 50 40 40 91
2009 MIA 16 28 25 89% 52 38 37 112
2010 MIA 16 41 30 73% 60 25 25 115
Avg   16 30 24 80%   34 34 106
Proj BUF     26       31 109

Carpenter came in almost 14 percent points under his career accuracy rate last season, yet was given enough field goal opportunities to record not only a third straight 100-point season but a career-best 115 points. Most of those struggles came from 40 yards and out, where he hit on just 58 percent of his attempts, so he'll need to rely on the Miami offense to get him close enough to convert. So, yeah, we're worried.

Mason Crosby - GBP YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 GBP 16 27 20 74% 53 46 46 106
2009 GBP 16 36 27 75% 52 49 48 129
2010 GB 16 28 22 79% 56 46 46 112
Avg   16 30 23 77%   47 47 116
Proj GBP     25       51 126

Crosby's consistency--between 46 and 48 PATs each of his four NFL seasons, an accuracy rate hovering between 75 and 79 percent--earned him a new contract in Green Bay. Last year Crosby's point total dipped to a career-low 112 points, but given the prolific Green Bay offense that feels like an aberration. He'll be on the frozen tundra for most of the fantasy playoffs, but last year he converted nine of 11 tries in Green Bay so that's a mere quibble.

Billy Cundiff - CLE YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009 CLE 12 23 18 78% 46 23 23 77
2010 BAL 16 29 26 90% 49 39 39 117
Avg   14 26 22 85%   31 31 97
Proj CLE     27       43 124

All it took was an eighth franchise in nine pro seasons for Cundiff to reach triple-digit points. Billy parlayed his career year into a five-year, $15 million contract, but don't expect someone who's bounced around the league as much as he has to get complacent. Kickers always seem to fare well in Baltimore, where the Ravens aren't afraid to settle for three and play defense, so don't expect Cundiff to be one-and-done above the century mark.

Phil Dawson - SFO YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 19
Keeper: 19
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 CLE 16 30 24 80% 56 18 18 90
2009 CLE 11 19 17 89% 49 19 18 69
2010 CLE 16 28 23 82% 48 28 28 97
Avg   14 26 21 81%   22 21 84
Proj SFO     26       32 110

The Browns tagged Dawson as their franchise player; evidently they thought that label went to the guy who's been there the longest. Philly Dawg has been the only kicker the team has known since returning to Cleveland in 1999. He's working on a streak of four straight seasons (and seven of the last eight) at 80 percent accuracy or better, but he hasn't made a 50-yard field goal since 2008. Maybe he'll stick around long enough for the Browns' offense to give him a chance to top 120 points--just not this year.

Jay Feely - ARI YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 24
Keeper: 24
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 NYJ 15 24 20 83% 55 39 39 99
2009 NYJ 16 36 30 83% 55 32 32 122
2010 ARI 16 27 24 89% 55 29 29 101
Avg   16 29 25 86%   33 33 108
Proj ARI     24       34 106

Kicking for his fifth franchise in a decade of NFL service, Feely just seems to keep getting better. He posted the second-highest accuracy rate of his career as well as his third straight (and seventh overall) 100-point season. If Kevin Kolb regenerates an Arizona offense that provided just 29 PAT opportunities last year, Feely might just sneak into fantasy relevancy.

Nick Folk - NYJ YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 DAL 16 20 18 90% 52 42 42 96
2009 DAL 14 28 18 64% 51 36 36 90
2010 NYJ 16 39 30 77% 56 37 37 127
Avg   15 29 22 76%   38 38 104
Proj NYJ     28       40 124

Folk hit a rough patch midway through last season, at one point connecting on just five of 10 field goal attempts, but unlike his struggles in Dallas this one didn't cost him his job. Instead, he won a playoff game for the Jets and re-signed during the offseason. He'll need an assist from Mother Nature, as every game from Week 9 on poses a threat of inclement weather, but the Jets should give him plenty of opportunities to play the hero once again.

Graham Gano - CAR YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 27
Keeper: 27
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009 WAS 4 4 4 100% 46 7 6 18
2010 WAS 16 35 24 69% 49 28 28 100
Avg   10 20 14 70%   18 17 59
Proj CAR     24       32 104

No placekicker still receiving an NFL paycheck converted a lower percentage of their field goal attempts last year than Gano, who missed nine of 35 attempts in his first full season with the Redskins. There's no competition on the horizon, but just because Gano appears to have the job locked up doesn't mean you want him kicking for your fantasy team.

Stephen Gostkowski - NEP YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 NEP 16 36 32 89% 50 40 40 136
2009 NEP 16 31 26 84% 53 47 47 125
2010 NE 8 13 10 77% 43 26 26 56
Avg   13 27 23 85%   38 38 107
Proj NEP     27       57 138

The quad injury that cut Gostkowski's 2010 season in half has healed, meaning he'll be back in the triple-digit points range where he's spent each of his previous four seasons. Weather could be a concern, as his November and December consists of home games in New England and trips to New York, Philly, DC, and Denver. That's a small risk to take for a guy who's averaging better than three PATs a game for his career.

Robbie Gould - CHI YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 13
Keeper: 13
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 CHI 16 26 23 88% 48 41 41 110
2009 CHI 16 28 24 86% 52 33 33 105
2010 CHI 16 30 25 83% 54 35 35 110
Avg   16 28 24 86%   36 36 108
Proj CHI     27       38 119

Gould's 83 percent success rate was actually his worst since his rookie campaign of 2005; in other words, he's pretty accurate. He's also pretty consistent, churning out a fifth consecutive season with triple-digit points. The schedule won't do him any favors--two home games and trips to Denver and Green Bay during the month of December--but even the elements won't keep Gould from another season above the century mark.

Jason Hanson - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 26
Keeper: 26
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 DET 16 21 20 95% 56 25 24 84
2009 DET 16 28 21 75% 50 25 25 88
2010 DET 8 14 12 86% 52 19 19 55
Avg   13 21 18 86%   23 23 77
Proj FA     22       38 104

Hanson enters his 20th season with the Lions in a battle for his job with Dave Raymer, who finished the season in Detroit after Hanson was sidelined with a knee injury. There's plenty of hype surrounding the Lions and they do have some offensive weapons in place. But there isn't so much upside to them that you should reach for a kicker who could find himself playing shuffleboard and yelling at the kids to get off his damn lawn.

Steven Hauschka - SEA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 28
Keeper: 28
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2008 BAL 8 1   0% 54      
2009 BAL 9 13 9 69% 46 28 27 54
2010 DEN 4 7 6 86% 46 10 10 28
Avg   7 7 5 71%   13 12 27
Proj SEA     24       31 103

No analysis available.

Alex Henery - PHI YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 12
Keeper: 12
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010                  
Avg   0 0 0   0 0 0
Proj PHI     25       46 121

The Eagles liked the Nebraska rookie enough to not only spend a fourth-round pick on him but also to jettison David Akers, who led the NFL in scoring in 2010. What's not to like? Henery has a consistent short game and a strong enough leg to do damage from 50-plus out as well. He's also an adept punter, though that doesn't much matter to fantasy players. What does matter is that Henery walks into a golden opportunity and has the leg to take advantage.

Sebastian Janikowski - OAK YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 OAK 16 24 18 75% 57 25 24 78
2009 OAK 16 29 26 90% 61 17 17 95
2010 OAK 16 41 33 80% 59 43 43 142
Avg   16 31 26 84%   28 28 106
Proj OAK     29       36 123

Seabass has been shackled by bad offenses for much of his career, but last year he received as many PAT opportunities as the previous two seasons combined, as well as a career-high 41 field goal attempts. The resulting 142 points represented a high-water mark for Janikowski, and with the Raiders offense pointed in the right direction it may become a regular zip code for the big- legged Pole.

Nate Kaeding - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 SDC 16 27 22 81% 57 46 46 112
2009 SDC 16 35 32 91% 55 51 50 146
2010 SD 13 28 23 82% 50 40 40 109
Avg   15 30 26 87%   46 45 123
Proj FA     29       49 136

Three misses from 50-plus yards out contributed to Kaeding posting his lowest accuracy rate since his rookie campaign. But he's hit 95 percent of his career kicks from 40 yards and in, he's tacking on points for one of the league's most prolific offenses, and after a Week 11 trip to Chicago he'll be indoors or in sunshine.

John Kasay - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2008 CAR 16 28 25 89% 50 46 46 121
2009 CAR 16 27 22 81% 50 32 31 97
2010 CAR 16 29 25 86% 55 17 17 92
Avg   16 28 24 86%   32 31 103
Proj FA     15       36 81

No analysis available.

Rian Lindell - TBB YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 BUF 16 30 22 73% 53 34 34 100
2009 BUF 16 33 28 85% 56 24 24 108
2010 BUF 16 21 16 76% 51 32 31 79
Avg   16 28 22 79%   30 30 96
Proj TBB     20       32 92

Lindell's point totals have tumbled in unison with the Bills' offensive struggles, though it hasn't helped that he's dipped below an 80 percent accuracy rate two of the past three seasons. Even if Buffalo's offense shows signs of life, you have to also have faith that Lindell will relocate his range. One or the other might be a risk worth assuming; both is too much to swallow.

Ryan Longwell - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 18
Keeper: 18
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 MIN 16 29 24 83% 54 40 40 112
2009 MIN 16 28 26 93% 52 55 54 132
2010 MIN 16 18 17 94% 48 31 30 81
Avg   16 25 22 88%   42 41 107
Proj FA     26       34 112

A career-low 18 field goal attempts led to a career-low 81 points for Longwell last season, but you can point the finger at the Vikings' offense. Since leaving Green Bay for the Metrodome Longwell has hit on 87 percent of his treys, including 93 percent the last two seasons. If Minnesota's offense is better--and it should be; it certainly can't be much worse--Longwell's totals will perk right back up.

Olindo Mare - FA YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 30
Keeper: 30
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 SEA 16 24 21 88% 51 30 30 93
2009 SEA 16 26 24 92% 47 28 28 100
2010 SEA 16 30 25 83% 51 31 31 106
Avg   16 27 23 85%   30 30 99
Proj FA     23       24 93

Since an abysmal 58 percent accuracy rate that cost him his job in New Orleans, Mare has been one of the league's more reliable kickers. He carved out three 100-point seasons in Seattle thanks to an 89 percent accuracy rate, but that was behind a competent Seattle offense. The Panthers are coming off a campaign in which they finished last in the NFL in scoring by a whopping 75 points, plus they're breaking in a raw quarterback; posting a productive fantasy season may be beyond Mare's range.

Mike Nugent - CIN YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 20
Keeper: 20
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 NYJ 1 1   0%   2 2 2
2009 TBB 6 8 4 50% 48 14 14 26
2010 CIN 9 19 15 79% 54 17 17 62
Avg   5 9 6 67%   11 11 29
Proj CIN     26       31 109

Landing with his fourth team in three years, Nugent was on his way to some very nice numbers in Cincinnati when he tore the ACL in his kicking knee during an onside kick attempt. Rookie Thomas Weber will provide token competition, but if the former second-round pick is healthy he'll have a stranglehold on the Bengals' kicking job this fall.

Matt Prater - DEN YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 29
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 DEN 16 25 16 64% 56 39 38 86
2009 DEN 16 35 30 86% 51 32 32 122
2010 DEN 12 18 16 89% 59 29 28 76
Avg   15 26 21 81%   33 33 96
Proj DEN     21       31 94

Prater has taken advantage of the Mile High atmosphere, hitting 9 of 12 attempts from 50 yards and out over the past three seasons. He was en route to a third straight 100-point season when a groin injury derailed him for the final month. The injury behind him, Prater now faces the challenge of kicking for an offense that has a new coach and may be breaking in an inexperienced quarterback as well. Prater will capitalize on whatever opportunities he's given, but trust him as your fantasy kicker only as much as you trust the Denver offense.

Neil Rackers - FA* YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 ARI 16 25 22 88% 54 44 44 110
2009 ARI 14 17 16 94% 48 38 37 85
2010 HOU 16 30 27 90% 57 43 43 124
Avg   15 24 22 92%   42 41 107
Proj FA*     27       45 126

Despite getting the boot from Arizona and barely edging Kris Brown for the Texans' job last preseason, Rackers has been on a tremendous roll in converting 90 percent of his field goal attempts over the past three seasons. He also returned to triple digits last season, and with Houston sporting elite offensive talent Rackers should remain among the league's top-scoring kickers.

Josh Scobee - JAC YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 23
Keeper: 23
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 JAC 16 19 13 68% 53 33 33 72
2009 JAC 16 28 18 64% 52 31 30 84
2010 JAC 16 28 22 79% 59 41 41 107
Avg   16 25 18 72%   35 35 89
Proj JAC     23       37 106

Scobee's point total climbed back into triple digits last season for the first time since 2006, but a transition to the Blaine Gabbert era could knock Scobee's opportunities back down again. He needs all the chances he can get, as he's converted less than 80 percent of his field goal attempts each of the past three seasons. Until the accuracy rate climbs and/or the Jacksonville offense stabilizes, the only upside to Scobee's game is the 16 attempts from 50 yards and out he's had over the past three seasons (making 10).

Ryan Succop - KCC YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 16
Keeper: 16
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009 KCC 16 29 25 86% 53 29 29 104
2010 KC 16 26 20 77% 53 42 42 102
Avg   16 28 23 82%   36 36 105
Proj KCC     24       42 114

The former Mr. Irrelevant wasn't quite as money as a sophomore, but he benefitted from an improving Chiefs offense to reach triple digits for the second consecutive year. He needs to be a little more solid in his short game to offset his 3-for-8 from 50 yards and beyond the past two seasons, but with KC's offense pointing in the right direction a return to the 86 percent accuracy of his rookie campaign would make Succop a fringe fantasy contributor.

Shaun Suisham - PIT YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 WAS 16 26 16 62% 50 25 25 73
2009 WAS 14 24 20 83% 44 26 25 85
2010 PIT 7 15 14 93% 48 19 19 61
Avg   12 22 17 77%   23 23 74
Proj PIT     26       46 124

Despite missing a 52-yarder in the Super Bowl Suisham appears to have found a home in Pittsburgh, where he made 14 of 15 kicks after taking over for Jeff Reed midway through the season. A career 80 percent conversion rate suggests Suisham won't be as accurate this season, but the Steelers will give him enough opportunities to make him a viable fantasy option.

Lawrence Tynes - TBB YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 15
Keeper: 15
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 NYG 2 1 1 100% 19 3 3 6
2009 NYG 16 32 27 84% 52 45 45 126
2010 NYG 15 23 19 83% 53 43 43 100
Avg   11 19 16 84%   30 30 78
Proj TBB     23       47 116

Tynes continues to struggle with his short game; he missed two kicks inside of 40 yards and as a Giant is actually more accurate from 40 and out than 39 and in. But he's straight and long off the tee, connecting on 86 percent of his 40- plus yard attempts over the past three seasons. The Giants' offense gives him plenty of opportunities, and if he can master the chippies he could push himself among the league's elite kickers.

Adam Vinatieri - IND YEAR TM GMS FGA FGM FG% LONG XPA XPM PTS
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 IND 16 20 15 75% 52 43 43 88
2009 IND 6 9 7 78% 48 18 17 38
2010 IND 16 28 26 93% 48 51 51 129
Avg   13 19 16 84%   37 37 85
Proj IND     28       40 124

My Cousin Vinny has been playing from the ladies' tee for years--just two 50- yard field goals in the last eight seasons--but his short game remains strong. The Colts were confident enough in his staying power to ink him to a three-year deal, which means three more seasons of tacking on points for a Peyton Manning offense. As an added bonus, Vinatieri will kick indoors only twice from Week 9 through Week 16

   
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