Week 4 Player Fantasy Rankings - Kickers
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - When looking for the best fantasy place kicker, it's not always the best idea to go to the highest scoring teams.
That's because if you kick for the Denver Broncos (league-leading 127 points through three games), your making a lot of extra points, but not field goals. Damn that Peyton Manning, he just never lets a drive stall in the red zone!
Which is why his kicker, Matt Prater, has just five field goal attempts to date - tied for 19th-best.
If you are seeking the best kicker, look for a team that has the ability to move the ball, but not finish the job. In this case it's Tom Brady's New England Patriots that have attempted the most field goals this season - nine. Stephen Gostkowski has been successful on eight of them to lead the league.
Of course the Pats' touchdown to field goal ratio could change when Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola return to the lineup, which is why the kicking position is such a "fluid" category.
Weather is also a big factor for the kicking game as we head into the fall season. But it's not the rain/snow that is the biggest factor - it's wind. Check the weather forecast or eliminate this part of the equation by choosing an "indoor" kicker.
Remember that we have begun the "bye week portion" of the NFL schedule. This week Green Bay and Carolina are sitting at home watching football the same as fantasy owners, therefore Mason Crosby and Graham Gano must be removed from all lineups.
Top-25 Kicker Rankings
1) Matt Prater, Denver
2) Dan Bailey, Dallas
3) Garrett Hartley, New Orleans
4) Stephen Gostkowski, New England
5) Blair Walsh, Minnesota
6) Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis
7) Matt Bryant, Atlanta
8) Alex Henery, Philadelphia
9) Robbie Gould, Chicago
10) David Akers, Detroit
11) Caleb Sturgis, Miami
12) Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
13) Steven Hauschka, Seattle
14) Justin Tucker, Baltimore
15) Phil Dawson, San Francisco
16) Rob Bironas, Tennessee
17) Dan Carpenter, Buffalo
18) Nick Folk, New York Jets
19) Nick Novak, San Diego
20) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland
21) Jay Feely, Arizona
22) Ryan Succop, Kansas City
23) Billy Cundiff, Cleveland
24) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati
25) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh
09/26 10:07:11 ET