Let’s face it, in the world of fantasy football kickers are the last thing any owner wants to worry about. If you want proof just look at the results of any fantasy draft, and you’ll quickly notice that the majority of owners wait until the very last round to grab their kickers. They’re almost an afterthought.
With that in mind, the Bruno Boys can’t think of anything worst than suffering through a season filled with grief thanks to blown opportunities by your kicker.
To help you avoid such a horrendous ordeal, we present to you, Bruno Boys Nation, our busts for the kicker position in our 2009 Bruno Boys Kicker “Bring Out the Pepto” Rankings. .
Ranking System: The higher the “Bring out the Pepto” ranking, the more likely a player is to bust.
Josh Brown (St. Louis Rams) — In his first year with the Rams, Brown continued to do what he has done every year of his NFL career, put up points as he finished with 112 on the season. That translated to 129 fantasy points, which ranked Brown 12th among fantasy kickers in 2008.
So, why are we down on a kicker that’s been so successful throughout his career?
It has nothing to do with his leg, nor weather issues as Brown plays his home games in a dome. Rather, it has everything to do with the Rams’ offense. Once the greatest show on turf, the Rams are now nothing more than a team in rebuild mode.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the passing game as Torry Holt was let go this off-season. With Isaac Bruce’s departure in 2008 and Holt’s this off-season, the Rams are left with young, inexperienced receivers in Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, and Laurent Robinson. These three may help the Rams’ sometime down the road, but that time is not now. Look for Brown to be short of opportunities in 2009.
PEPTO BOTTLES: 3 BOTTLES
Shayne Graham (Cincinnati Bengals) — Without the direction of Carson Palmer a year ago, the Bengals offense was terrible. It affected everyone on the team, including Graham. He never saw the opportunities he was used to and recorded his lowest amount of points since his start at Cincinnati with 78. Though in his defense, he did miss two games due to injury in 2008.
Graham was franchised by the Bengals this off-season; however, in fantasy football, he is no where near franchise material. The Bengals offense may be better in 2009 than 2008 as it seems it couldn’t get any worst; however, Cincinnati isn’t the high-scoring offense it was earlier this decade. Graham is no longer a top-10 kicker. In fact, only use him to be a bye week filler and that is only if the Bengals can reverse their fortunes on offense.
PEPTO BOTTLES: 2 BOTTLES
Matt Prater (Denver Broncos) — In his first full season kicking field goals, Prater struggled at times as he was only successful on 73.5% of his field goal attempts. Luckily, the Broncos’ high-powered offense helped save Prater’s season as he tallied 120 fantasy points, good enough to land him in the top-20 among kickers. However, he could have been even more successful if he was more consistent.
The scary thing heading into 2009 is that the Broncos offense may not be as high-powered as it was in 2008. After all, the Broncos’ gun slinging quarterback from last season, Jay Cutler, was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for draft picks and new starter, Kyle Orton. With Orton running the show instead of Cutler, look for the Broncos’ offense to take a step back in 2009, which is never good news for a kicker.
PEPTO BOTTLES: 1 BOTTLE
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