2012 NFL Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings by Tier

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26:  place kicker David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a 45-yard field goal on a hold by punter Andy Lee #4 during the third quarter of a pre-season game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The 49ers defeated the Broncos, 29-24.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Here’s a look at the LestersLegends 2012 team kicker rankings by tier. 


Tier One: Top kickers in high-powered offenses. Seabass is an exception because he kicks so many long field goals. You may have to draft them prior to the last round of your draft.

Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles offense seem to take a little while to get going, but I expect it'll be much better this year. Henery finished with 24 field goals and 46 point-after tries. I expect he’ll be even better in his second year. 


David Akers, San Francisco 49ers

He was a top-tier kicker with Philly and took it to a new level with the Niners last year, kicking 44 field goals with 34 extra points. 


Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

He kicked 28 field goals last year with a ridiculous 68 PATs. The Packers should be one of the top offensive teams once again. 


Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

He kicked 31 field goals with 36 PATs last year. He makes his points in the long field goals. 


Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

The Pats should be an offensive force again, and Gostkowski should reap the benefits. He kicked 28  field goals last year with 59 PATs. 


Tier Two:  Quality kickers, but they are pretty interchangeable. You can pretty much wait until the last round for these guys.

Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

He kicked 32 field goals  and 39 PATs. He also should be better in his second year. 


Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints

A lot of uncertainty surrounding the Saints, but they should be productive on offense once again. 


Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

Bryant had 27 field goals  and 45 PATs. I’m expecting the Falcons to be even more explosive this year. 


Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

He had 33 field goals  and PATs last year. Nugent should see plenty of opportunities again. 


Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers

Kaeding missed last year with a torn ACL but should be healthy and ready to roll again for the Bolts. 


Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

Assuming the rookie can hold off Shayne Graham, he could put up solid numbers in Houston’s potent offense. 


Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

Pretty steady kicker. Gould had 28 field goals  and 37 PATs last year.   


Tier 3:  Still K1 caliber. It's a matter of preference between these guys and the Tier 2 options.

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins

I expect Miami to struggle in the red zone, which could lead to a ton of field goals. 


Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions

The ageless wonder continues to shine. 


Matt Prater, Denver Broncos

Home games in Denver give him an edge. Having Peyton Manning should help, too. 


Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans

One of the most consistent fantasy kickers over the past five seasons.

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