Week 2 Player Fantasy Rankings - Kickers
By Jesse Pantuosco, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - What's an opening week without drama?
We'll never know because Week 1 was full of it.
Four games came down to the final play last week. Luckily for the Patriots, Rams, Jets and Texans, their kickers were up to the challenge.
One of those kickers, Randy Bullock, sits atop our Week 2 fantasy ranks.
And why not? The Texans are hosting the Titans, a team they're sure to put up plenty of points against (27th in yards allowed last season).
The late-game heroics may not be necessary this time around but if it does come down to Bullock's right foot, I wouldn't bet against him. Playing at Reliant Stadium in Houston, he won't have to brave Mother Nature like the rest of the league. In 2012, kickers went a combined 30-for-36 at Reliant Stadium including 5-for-8 on kicks of 50 or more yards.
Don't worry that it's only Bullock's second NFL game. The best kicker in fantasy last year was a rookie (Blair Walsh of the Vikings).
Stephen Gostkowski is another kicker I'm expecting big things from in Week 2. The high-octane Patriots don't usually settle for field goals but with Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen sidelined, they may have to this week. For what it's worth, Gostkowski has an 86.2 percent success rate against the Jets in his career (25-for-29).
Top-25 Kicker Rankings
1) Randy Bullock, Houston
2) Stephen Gostkowski, New England
3) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland
4) Matt Prater, Denver
5) Justin Tucker, Baltimore
6) Steven Hauschka, Seattle
7) Kai Forbath, Washington
8) Dan Bailey, Dallas
9) Josh Brown, New York Giants
10) Matt Bryant, Atlanta
11) Mason Crosby, Green Bay
12) Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
13) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati
14) Garrett Hartley, New Orleans
15) Phil Dawson, San Francisco
16) Jay Feely, Arizona
17) Graham Gano, Carolina
18) Robbie Gould, Chicago
19) Blair Walsh, Minnesota
20) Ryan Succop, Kansas City
21) Caleb Sturgis, Miami
22) Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis
23) Alex Henery, Philadelphia
24) Nick Novak, San Diego
25) Dan Carpenter, Buffalo
09/12 09:56:55 ET