NFL 2012 Fantasy Football Top 10 Kickers

The odd men out on the NFL squads generally does not make much of a difference when it comes to fantasy greatness.  Most people don’t even select a kicker until the final round, and some interchange their kickers every week based on matchups.  I ranked them on a few different categories, three of them speak for themselves, while the “Distance” category was a combination of accuracy and distance.  In other words just because they attempt a lot of long distance field goals does not mean they can make them.  I felt distance was crucial to include due to the fact that most leagues give more points for longer field goals made.  I would not recommend taking any of these kickers before all other spots are filled and at least one backup is taken at running back and receiver, but if any of these players are left in the final round you had better snatch them up.

1. David Akers – San Francisco 49ers: Highest scoring kicker last season by completing the most field goals of any kicker.  He had ample opportunities courtesy of the atrocious 49ers red zone offense.  It stands to reason that the new additions on offense and another year for Alex Smith will help improve the offense inside the 20 yard line.

2. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears: Robbie is hitting the prime of his kicking career and his leg is getting stronger as he goes.  Last year he was 6-for-6 on kicks of at least 50 yards and had a long of 57.  If I remember right when I saw him make that kick he had a few extra yards on that kick.  He hit another 57 yarder this preseason and should have plenty of opportunities to kick against the schedule he’ll be playing.

3. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders: The biggest leg in the history of NFL kickers lands at #3 on these rankings.  Surprisingly over his career he has not been very accurate, but he can kick the s*** out of the ball.

4. John Kasay – New Orleans Saints: He benefits from cleaning up after one of the most prolific offensive units in the history of the NFL.  The same kicker that got cut from the Carolina Panthers because he couldn’t make a field goal much longer than an extra point (which cost the Panthers the playoffs) has surprising accuracy.  He plays the right schedule to put up a plethora of points this upcoming season.

5. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers: Another beneficiary of a big time offense.  Crosby has been improving his accuracy recently and has a very strong leg, which helps when kicking in the Frozen Tundra that is Lambeau Field.

6. Neil Rackers – Washington Redskins: Rackers is hitting the twilight years of his career, but for kickers those years generally do not show much of a drop off in production.  Washington should have an improved offense this year with newcomer Robert Griffin III at the helm, this should help boost Rackers numbers.  That is if he beats out incumbent Graham Gano.

7. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots: Has been extremely reliable for the Patriots in recent years with the second highest overall field goal percentage among these kickers, only behind Robbie Gould.  He hasn’t shown a lot by way of longer field goals, but if he gets the chance he should impress.

8. Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions: This guy has been around for what seems like forever.  Detroit has shown a recent knack for getting up and down the field, if they have trouble punching the ball into the end zone Hanson will score a lot of points this season.

9. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys: Dan is a second year player who came on strong as a rookie.  He tied for third most made field goals in the entire NFL last year with 32.  He hasn’t shown much for distance yet but it is too early in his career to tell if that will be an issue with him.

10. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals: The loss of Cedric Benson will probably contribute to more field goal opportunities for this kicker.  I do not have much faith in BenJarvus Green-Ellis to produce in the red zone.  Nugent has been pretty accurate compared to the rest of these kickers, and that landed him the tenth spot in these rankings.
Some other kickers who might crack the top ten this season are:

Rob Bironas – Tennessee Titans: Bironas is one of the top kickers from last season and has a great track record.  His team could struggle in the red zone, giving him more opportunities for more points.

Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta has a sound offense that methodically puts points on the board.  Bryant scores a lot of points this season, guaranteed.

Below are the individual ratings.                                                                               #NFLFF2012

 

Schedule

Accuracy

Distance

Recent

Total

David Akers

1

1

2

1

5

Robbie Gould

1

1

1

3

6

Sebastian Janikowski

2

3

1

1

7

John Kasay

1

2

3

1

7

Mason Crosby

2

3

1

2

8

Neil Rackers

2

3

2

2

9

Stephen Gostkowski

3

1

2

3

9

Jason Hanson

2

2

2

3

9

Dan Bailey

3

2

3

2

10

Mike Nugent

3

2

3

3

11

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