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Week 1 Player Fantasy Rankings - Kickers

By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - When it comes to ranking kickers on a weekly basis, it's almost impossible to get them exactly correct. There are simply too many factors involved.

In addition the difference between the NFL's best kicker per-game average and a middle-of-the-pack kicker is likely to be two or three points ... at most.

That being said, there are things to look for when selecting a kicker.

Number one is accuracy. When he's got a chance, he has to take advantage of it. Also, some league deduct points for missed field goals and extra points.

Second is distance. Almost every league has a bonus for 50-yard kicks. Almost as import as a powerful leg is kicking indoors. It's simply a huge advantage not worrying about kicking into the wind or cross breezes.

Finally, you want to have a kicker on an offense that can move the ball well, but isn't so overpowering that they always score touchdowns. You want the drive to stall deep in the opponent's territory.

Top-25 Kicker Rankings

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1) Blair Walsh, Minnesota

2) Steven Hauschka, Seattle

3) Matt Bryant, Atlanta

4) Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

5) Ryan Succop, Kansas City

6) Stephen Gostkowski, New England

7) Justin Tucker, Baltimore

8) Kai Forbath, Washington

9) Phil Dawson, San Francisco

10) David Akers, Detroit

11) Matt Prater, Denver

12) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

13) Robbie Gould, Chicago

14) Garrett Hartley, New Orleans

15) Josh Brown, New York Giants

16) Randy Bullock, Houston

17) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh

18) Rob Bironas, Tennessee

19) Josh Scobee, Carolina

20) Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis

21) Dan Bailey, Dallas

22) Mason Crosby, Green Bay

23) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati

24) Alex Henery, Philadelphia

25) Caleb Sturgis, Miami

09/05 09:19:31 ET


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