2012 Fantasy Football Week 6: Kicker Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 9, 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

In recent weeks fantasy owners with Stephan Gostkowski have relied more on PAT’s than field goals to get points on the board. This week should be different as the Patriots head out to Seattle and play against a tough defense.

Seattle won’t be a threat to post more than 20 points in the game, and we should expect New England to win time of possession. Still early October, we should have good weather out in Seattle so Gostkowski shouldn’t be held back from opportunities past 45 yards.


What Did We Learn From Week Five?

- Once again the Broncos fell behind early on the road against a playoff caliber team. Expect this week to be closer as the Broncos play in San Diego against a familiar opponent. If they should struggle again, we should look to Matt Prater as an option worth benching in future road games.

- Mason Crosby had a chance to put up a field goal over 50 yards against the Colts and missed it, thus costing his team a chance to win. On the day, Crosby failed to convert a field goal missing two attempts. This was the second week in a row that Crosby has failed to post a field goal and it appears he will struggle in this department once again.

Since his rookie season in which he converted 31 field goals back in 2007, Crosby has topped out at 27 in a single season and has only converted 24 and 22 in the past two years. With five on the season, Crosby is on pace to convert less than 20 this year. Time to look for other options long term, but this could be a decent week for him as the Packers play the Texans.

- Matt Bryant was finally allowed to kick one from over 50 yards against the Redskins and he converted on his 53-yard attempt. Don’t expect this to be the norm but it’s a reminder that Bryant has the range to convert from this distance, even outdoors.


Sean’s Week Six Watch List

- Can the Raiders stay in the game long enough to allow Sebastian Janikowski to have a respectable game? We will find out but with two weeks to prepare, I like the Raiders chances to remain competitive in the first half of the game.

1 David Akers Giants
2 Stephen Gostkowski @ Seahawks
3 Greg Zuerlein @ Dolphins
4 Matt Prater @ Chargers
5 Justin Tucker Cowboys
6 Nick Novak Broncos
7 Sebastian Janikowski @ Falcons
8 Jason Hanson @ Eagles
9 Matt Bryant Raiders
10 Blair Walsh @ Redskins
11 Mason Crosby @ Texans
12 Mike Nugent @ Browns
13 Shayne Graham Packers
14 Alex Henery Lions

Week 6 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE |  D |