Fantasy Football 2012 Week 1: Kicker Rankings, Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 3, 2012

August 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers (2) misses the field goal against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

No doubt David Akers should still be viewed as the top option at kicker in fantasy leagues. Akers faces a challenge in Week 1, as the game scripts could easily tilt toward the San Francisco 49ers—who are playing on the road against the Packers—falling behind.

It will be up to the 49ers defense to hold down one of the better offenses in the league, and I think that’s a tall order, especially the first week of the season.

Expect marginal numbers from Akers this week, but he should get back to his dominant ways in the team's first home game, against the Lions in Week 2.


Sean’s Watch List

We witnessed some veteran kickers getting their walking papers last week and talented Texans rookie Randy Bullock going on IR because of a bad groin injury.

Shayne Graham will be the Texans kicker this season, and from what little I saw, he was out-playing Bullock in the preseason. Look to Graham as a sneaky weekly play, as Neil Rackers enjoyed success with the Texans in the past.

1 Matt Prater Steelers
2 David Akers at Packers
3 Jason Hanson Rams
4 Mason Crosby 49ers
5 Sebastian Janikowski (I) Chargers
6 Stephen Gostkowski at Titans
7 Alex Henery at Browns
8 Nate Kaeding at Raiders
9 Rob Bironas Patriots
10 Robbie Gould Colts
11 Shayne Graham Dolphins
12 Dan Bailey at Giants
13 Garrett Hartley Redskins
14 Matt Bryant at Chiefs
15 Mike Nugent at Ravens

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