Here is an updated look at the LestersLegends 2013 fantasy football kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Gostkowski led the NFL last year with 153 points. He was third in 2011 with 143 points. The Patriots figure to have a potent offense once again. Gostkowski should be in line for another banner season.
2. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
Bryant finished second in the league with 143 points. He’s been in the top 10 in each of the past three seasons. The addition of Steven Jackson should make the Falcons even more powerful.
3. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
Walsh finished fourth in the league with 141 points. He nailed 10 field goals from 50 yards and beyond. He led the NFL as a rookie with 35 field goals.
4. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
Dawson scored 116 points last year for the Cleveland Browns. The 49ers should provide him many more opportunities.
5. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
Prater finished seventh in scoring with 133 points. Peyton Manning really made a difference in the Broncos offense. They should be even better this year with Wes Welker on board.
6. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Tucker finished eighth in scoring as a rookie. He made 14 field goals from 40 yards and beyond. He was perfect in the postseason and should be among the best kickers in 2013.
7. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders
Janikowksi has kicked at least 30 field goals in each of the past three seasons. He has 59 field goals of 50 yards and beyond since 2006.
8. David Akers, Detroit Lions
Akers missed 13 of 42 field goals last year, but he managed to remain productive. He has averaged 144.6 points over the past five seasons. He made just 69 percent of his kicks last year, but 81 percent for his career. He should return to form and put up big numbers once again.
9. Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles
Henery finished 16th and 20th in scoring in his first two seasons. My expectations are high for him, as I feel their offense will be explosive under Chip Kelly.
10. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
Bailey finished 10th in scoring with 124. He finished fifth in 2011 with 135 points. With 61 field goals in two seasons, he is a strong bet in 2013.
11. Lawrence Tynes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tynes finished second in the league with 145 points. His 33 field goals were tied for second in the league.
12. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
Greg the Leg started strong, nailing all 13 of his kicks in his first five games. He went 10 for 18 the rest of the season. He has the leg strength to nail long field goals. The Rams also figure to be better on offense this year with their acquisitions.
13. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
Hauschka has averaged 113.5 points over the past two seasons. He only missed three field goals last year. He could be even better in 2013 as Seattle grows with Russell Wilson.
14. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Crosby plays in a high-scoring offense, but has only topped 130 points once in the past five seasons. He has averaged 22.3 field goals over the past three years. He also missed 12 of 33 field goals last year.
15. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
Hartley tends to be a little overrated in fantasy circles because of the offense he plays in . He had 111 points last year on 18 field goals and 57 extra points. In 2011 he had 100 points on 20 field goals and 40 extra points. He’ll be a solid option, but he kicks too few field goals to be a fantasy force.
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