2014 Fantasy Football: Early Kicker Rankings
Top 15 Fantasy Kickers
In fantasy football, the kicker position has quietly become one of the most consistent scoring options. Kickers rarely get injured and are always good for a handful of points each game.
Before I jump into my kicker rankings for next season, though, here is a breakdown of last year’s stats.
Field Goal Leaders:
1. Stephen Gostkowski - 38
Justin Tucker - 38
3. Adam Vinatieri - 35
4. Nick Novak - 34
Mason Crosby – 33
Dan Carpenter – 33
Steven Hauschka – 33
9. Phil Dawson – 32
10. Jay Feely – 30
Shaun Suisham – 30
50+ Yard Field Goals:
1. Matt Prater - 6
Graham Gano - 6
Dan Bailey – 6
Justin Tuck – 6
5. Mason Crosby – 5
Stephen Gostowski – 5
7. Adam Vinatieri – 4
Phil Dawson- 4
Rian Lindell – 4
Dan Carpenter – 4
Josh Scobee - 4
Field Goal Percentage:
1. Matt Prater – 96% (25-26)
2. Steven Hauschka – 94% (33-35)
Shaun Suisham – 94% (30-32)
4. Dan Bailey – 93% (28-30)
Greg Zuerlein – 93% (26-28)
Justin Tucker – 93% (38-41)
7. Josh Scobee – 92% (23-25)
Nick Novak – 92% (34-37)
Dan Carpenter – 92% (33-36)
10. Robbie Gould – 90% (26-29)
Extra Point Leaders:
1. Matt Prater - 75
2. Mike Nugent – 52
Ryan Succop – 52
4. Dan Bailey – 47
5. Robbie Gould – 45
Alex Henery – 45
7. Phil Dawson – 44
Stephen Gostkowski – 44
Steven Hauschka – 44
Blair Walsh – 43
15. Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles
Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles – Henery was pretty shaky down the stretch and head coach Chip Kelly has expressed concern with retaining his services, but he will remain a low-end fantasy option if he can manage to stay in Philly. He will get plenty of chances to rack up extra points and 25 field goals seems like the bottom of his ceiling.
14. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals – Cincinnati’s offense was unstoppable at times last season, and as a result, Nugent kicked a jaw-dropping 52 extra points . Cincy’s offense will likely come back down to earth next season, so fantasy fans can expect to see the Nuge kick more field goals in 2014.
13. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings – Walsh is one of the best young kickers in football. The 24-year-old has now kicked 61 field goals through his first two professional seasons and he has become a decent mid-level kicker. Minnesota will be much more efficient next season with a healthy Adrian Peterson in the backfield and Walsh should finish with another 120 points in 2014.
12. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears - Gould just signed a four-year, $15 million contract extension to keep him in Chicago until 2017. He has become a pro at kicking field goals in the Windy City and he gets pretty busy once the weather starts to dip below freezing. Look for Gould to have another 120-plus points in 2014.
11. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
Greg Zuerlein, St Louis Rams – Greg the Leg obviously has one of the strongest legs in football, but he needs a successful offense to get him on the right side of the field. Luckily, St. Louis will be returning QB Sam Bradford to go along with emerging stars RB Zac Stacy and WR Tavon Austin. Zuerlein will be better in 2014 with a healthy offense around him and the kicker should be able to hit another 25-plus field goals with at least five from over 50 yards.
10. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers – Crosby finally had a breakout season in 2013 after years of frustrating performances. Crosby added 42 extra points with a staggering 33 field goal and he ended up the year 141 points. Green Bay’s offense will be much more productive next season with a healthy Aaron Rodgers, which will only help Crosby rack up more points.
9. Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs
Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs - Succop was the primary benefactor of Kansas City's offensive explosion this past season, as the kicker nailed an unthinkable 52 extra points. He also added 22 field goals and ended up being a decent weekly fantasy option as a result. Kansas City's offense will be just as efficient in 2014 and Succop will once again be a low-end fantasy option to start each week.
8. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers – Novak was the seventh ranked kicker last fantasy season. He racked up 144 points and truly hitting his prime. Even better, Novak will get to kick in the warm confines of San Diego towards the end of the season, while other kickers are battling the wind and snow on the East Coast. Expect another top-10 showing from Nick the Kicker.
7. Phil Dawson, Free Agent
Phil Dawson, FA – Dawson is set to be a free agent when the market opens, but the veteran really wants to re-sign with the 49ers and is eager to start contract talks. The kicker is coming off a speculator season in 2013, in which he posted career-highs in field goals (32), extra points (44), and points (140). Even more impressive was Dawson’s flawless 7-7 postseason totals. He made a big impression on the coaches and will more than likely find himself back in San Fran in 2014.
6. Adam Vinatieri, Free Agent
K Adam Vinatieri, FA – The super veteran has been as reliable as they come in recent years. He will be a free agent in 2014, but he will likely find a home very quickly. He says that he wants to kick two or three more years. He won’t be as reliable as he was a couple years ago, but the 41-year-old will still be able to knock home 30-plus field goals with the right team.
5. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys – Bailey has hit 93.4% (57-61) of his field goals over the last two years, including 12 field goals of 50 yards or more. Owner Jerry Jones gave the kicker a six-year extension worth $22.5 million, which will keep the kicker in Dallas for sometime. He won't lead the league in points anytime soon, but fantasy fans can write 130-plus points next to his name for 2014.
4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens – Tucker was tied for the league-lead with 38 field goals in 2013 and he has quietly become a very serviceable fantasy kicker. Baltimore’s struggles on offense helped Tucker go from 30 field goals in 2012 up to 38 successful attempts last year. He will likely post similar numbers in 2013, as Baltimore doesn't have the money to sign many big name free agents this off-season.
3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks - Hauschka posted a career-high 33 field goals and 143 points in 2013. He benefitted from countless Seattle blowouts and quickly became one of the top boots in fantasy. Most of Seattle's offense will be returning in 2014, so expect Hauschka to post over 135 points and have plenty of chances for multi-field goal games.
2. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos – Prater may have hit just 25 field goals last year in Denver, but he shockingly added 75 extra points due to the team’s high-scoring offense. Prater will continue to be extremely active each week with Peyton Manning running the offense and fantasy fans can expect him to be one of the top kicker’s off the board again next summer.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots - Gostkowski has been the model of consistency throughout his New England career. He has averaged 151.3 points over the last three years and will always benefit from being featured on a team with Tom Brady under center. Gostkowski may occasionally have to kick in windy conditions, but he has proven enough to be ranked as the top kicker in fantasy.
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