2012 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 25, 2012

September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a 20 yard field goal during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The New England Patriots have their problems on offense, and that means we should expect kicker Stephen Gostkowski to continue with his three-plus field-goal attempts per game.

Leg strength hasn’t been a problem, as Gostkowski has already matched his career long of 53 yards this season.


What Did We Learn From Week 3?

Perhaps all is not lost for kicker Rob Bironas, as the Titans bounced back in a big way at home. Bironas had three field goals on the day, but it could’ve been better than that, as he missed on two other opportunities.

Don’t expect that to be the norm, as Bironas has himself proven over the years, missing no more than three attempts in each of the past two seasons.

Perhaps fantasy owners should hold off on picking him up this week (likely dropped in many leagues after Week 2), but Tennessee plays the Vikings in Week 5, and the veteran would be a good play then.


Week 4 Watch List

Jason Hanson owners should be rooting for Matthew Stafford to play this week. With Stafford under center, the Lions have struggled to find the end zone, making Hanson one of the more valuable fantasy options through three weeks.

If Shaun Hill starts, Hanson is still a worthy top-five option, but don’t be surprised if Detroit starts converting more drives into touchdowns.

While the Falcons built up a big lead early on the Chargers, Matt Bryant failed to get a field-goal attempt. Through the first two weeks, Bryant had six field goals, so let’s hope he gets back on track against the Panthers, as Lawrence Tynes had a strong day against them last week.

1 Stephen Gostkowski @ Bills
2 David Akers @ Jets
3 Justin Tucker Browns
4 Jason Hanson Vikings
5 Matt Prater Raiders
6 Sebastian Janikowski @ Broncos
7 Nate Kaeding @ Chiefs
8 Mason Crosby Saints
9 Greg Zuerlein Seahawks
10 Shayne Graham Titans
11 Matt Bryant Panthers
12 Robbie Gould @ Cowboys
13 Mike Nugent @ Jaguars
14 Dan Bailey Bears
15 Ryan Succop Chargers


Week 4 Standard Rankings (per Fantasy-Info.com) – QB | RB | WR | TE | D