2012 Fantasy Football Week 9: Kicker Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 30, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 28:   Lawrence Tynes #9 of the New York Giants kicks a field goal against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Last year it seemed like the Giants were always coming from behind to make a mad dash to win games. They’ve had some eventful matchups this year as well, but Lawrence Tynes is benefiting from New York playing close football games.

Through eight weeks Tynes already has 26 field-goal attempts and what’s more impressive is he has converted 24 of those chances into points. Not one of the stronger legs in the game, Tynes' long for the season is 49 yards, but he’s proving to be worthy of top five consideration at his position for fantasy leagues to this point.

Tynes already has four games this season with at least four field-goal conversions, only twice has he had less than two conversions in a game and in no contests has he been held without a field goal.

Don’t expect many opportunities from around 50 yards but Tynes is proving to be an accountable weekly starter at his position in what is shaping up to be a career year.


What Did We Learn From Week 8?

- Like Tynes, Matt Bryant is enjoying one of the better seasons of his career converting on 16 of his 17 field-goal opportunities through six games. Unlike Tynes, Bryant has good leg strength and has converted two 50-yard field goals from lengths of 53 and 55 this year.

- Former Pro Bowler Dan Carpenter had a rough start to the season but coming off a bye week it appears he has corrected some things because he nailed all three of his attempts on the road. Look to the veteran as a solid waive wire start this week against the Colts.


Sean’s Week 9 Watch List

- Jason Hanson had a nice ride through the early portion of the Lions schedule but if Matthew Stafford has found his groove again, expect more of what we saw last week, touchdowns. It was only a matter of time before Detroit’s young offense figured out how to play up to the standards we would expect, by figuring out how to beat the way defenses were attacking them this year.

The Jaguars slowed down the Packers' attack so perhaps this could be a rebound week for Hanson if they can duplicate that performance against Detroit.

- Oakland is fresh off a victory in Kansas City and should have a good game against the Buccaneers' weak secondary. Playing at home, I expect Sebastian Janikowski to come away with a strong performance.


1 Justin Tucker @ Browns
2 Sebastian Janikowski Buccaneers
3 Blair Walsh @ Seahawks
4 Lawrence Tynes Steelers
5 Matt Bryant Cowboys
6 Matt Prater @ Bengals
7 Robbie Gould @ Titans
8 Shayne Graham Bills
9 Nick Novak Chiefs
10 Jason Hanson @ Jaguars
11 Mason Crosby Cardinals
12 Dan Bailey @ Falcons
13 Garrett Hartley Eagles
14 Dan Carpenter @ Colts
15 Mike Nugent Broncos


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