2012 Fantasy Football Week 5: Kicker Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 3, 2012

Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) kicks a field goal to tie the game in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein had a terrific preseason, but would St. Louis be effective enough in the regular season to make him a viable fantasy football option?

Through four games, the answer is "yes," as the Rams look more like the team that competed for a division title in 2010 than the abysmal team of 2011.

Their success, and head coach Jeff Fisher’s trust to use Zuerlein any chance he gets (even up to 60 yards), has made the youngster one of the top fantasy options at his position.

One of the better big legs in the game, Zuerlein is proving he has the accuracy to be trusted as well. He will be one of the elites at the position as long as the Rams are playing competitive football.


What Did We Learn From Week 4?

With the Vikings playing winning football, Blair Walsh continues to play like a starting kicker for fantasy leagues. He should have another productive game against the Titans this week.

After a big game against the Saints to open the year, followed by three misses against the Buccaneers in Week 4, Billy Cundiff doesn’t have one of the stronger legs in the game.

He is better left on the waiver wire, most weeks.


Week 5 Watch List

Nick Novak came in and filled in as an effective replacement for Nate Kaeding last week. If Kaeding should miss more time, Novak can start weekly.

Matt Bryant bounced back after failing to receive an opportunity against the Chargers in Week 3. That said, Bryant continues to see most of his tries from 40 yards in.

This should be considered the norm, as the Falcons aren’t likely to allow him many long chances.

1 David Akers Bills
2 Greg Zuerlein Cardinals
3 Justin Tucker @ Chiefs
4 Stephen Gostkowski Broncos
5 Nick Novak @ Saints
6 Matt Prater @ Patriots
7 Blair Walsh Titans
8 Mason Crosby @ Colts
9 Robbie Gould @ Jaguars
10 Matt Bryant @ Redskins
11 Alex Henery @ Steelers
12 Shayne Graham Broncos
13 Mike Nugent Dolphins
14 Lawrence Tynes Browns

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