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Justin Tucker: Ravens' Rookie Kicker Should Be Owned in All Fantasy Leagues

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Place kicker Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens kicks a field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 44-13. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 20, 2012

Baltimore Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker should be on your fantasy football radar. He is establishing himself as one of the most dependable, and potentially high-scoring options in the league for fantasy owners.

Through two games he’s accounted for approximately 38 fantasy points—depending on the league specifications. That is tops in the NFL according to default scoring on Yahoo!

Tucker has delivered more fantasy points than Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson or Trent Richardson. With fantasy points ever so precious, a kicker like Tucker can be the difference between winning and losing your weekly matchup.

Starting the season a perfect six-for-six is impressive, but what is even more noteworthy is his accuracy from long distance. Tucker hasn't been feasting on chip shots. Five of his six field goals have been from 40 yards or further.

That includes two from over 50 yards, and a team record-tying 56-yarder in the team's Week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Even if you already have the likes of Robbie Gould, Sebastian Janikowski or Rob Bironas, you may want to check on Tucker's availability. You'll need a fill-in when your kicker is on his bye, and you could even use him as trade bait.

Some people frown at trading for a kicker, but their fantasy points count just as much as running backs and quarterbacks.

If you have a low-scoring kicker and you're looking for an upgrade, Tucker could be your man. If he isn't owned yet in your league, he'd be a solid pick-up. If he is on a team, it wouldn't be ridiculous to put together a modest trade offer to acquire him.

Tucker looks like the real deal. He’s confident and he has obviously earned the trust of Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens are a solid offensive team this year, and that should provide Tucker with consistent opportunities all season. 



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