2012 Fantasy Football Week 3: Kicker Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 18, 2012

August 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens place kicker Justin Tucker (6) kicks a 49 yard field goal against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

If you don’t know the name Justin Tucker, you will soon. Tucker beat-out Billy Cundiff to start for the Baltimore Ravens and looked good against the Cincinnati Bengals, flashing a strong leg and accuracy.

Then, his Week 2 performance made him a top five fantasy kicker, as he went off for three field goals from distances of 56, 51 and 48 yards.

Tuckers situation is attractive for fantasy leagues, but what impresses me most is John Harbaugh’s willingness to use him at will. A former special-teams coach, Harbaugh must really love his young kicker to display so much trust at this point in his career, and we should view Tucker as a top five fantasy option at his position going forward.


What Did We Learn From Week 2?

- The Titans are horrible and it’s killing Rob Bironas as a fantasy option. Bironas is a productive kicker with a strong leg, but without the ability to run the football, an inconsistent passing attack and turnovers, the veteran isn’t worth a roster spot at this point.

- Until we see the Lions get the football in the end zone with regularity, expect Jason Hanson to remain a weekly K1 option. Hanson still has a decent leg, although I’m not sure we will see field goals attempted past 45 yards, when they play outdoors.


Sean’s Week 2 Watch List

- If Greg Zuerlein were in the same situation as Tucker, we would be looking at another top five breakout fantasy kicker. As it stands, Zuerlein has proven he’s worth starting, but a road game in Chicago will be a hard matchup. Let’s see how he does and if the Rams are willing to give him opportunities past 45 yards in the Windy City.

- A huge miss for Stephen Gostkowski last week cost his team a win against the Cardinals. Let’s keep an eye on the Patriots veteran kicker to see if that miss got into his head and he continues to struggle against Baltimore.

1 David Akers @ Vikings
2 Matt Prater Texans
3 Nate Kaeding Falcons
4 Justin Tucker Patriots
5 Stephen Gostkowski @ Ravens
6 Mason Crosby @ Seahawks
7 Shayne Graham @ Broncos
8 Sebastian Janikowski Steelers
9 Matt Bryant @ Chargers
10 Jason Hanson @ Titans
11 Robbie Gould Rams
12 Billy Cundiff Bengals
13 Greg Zuerlein @ Bears
14 Garrett Hartley Chiefs
15 Dan Bailey Bucs

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