Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Kickers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 2, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 20:  Kicker Lawrence Tynes #9 of the New York Giants prepares to kick the game winning 47 yard field goal to win the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.   The Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Superbowl XLII.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

By now certain kickers are solidifying themselves as must-start fantasy football options every week regardless of match-up while others are either underperforming or play on offenses that can’t give them enough opportunities to score. Whatever the reasons for a kicker’s success or failures, it’s become more clear which kickers you want on your roster week to week, which players should be ranked by match ups alone, and which kickers that it’s just best to avoid altogether. However, it’s still pretty early in the season and lots can change (for better and for worse) from now and into the middle of the season. So as always, check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 4 Kicker Rankings, to stay informed as these changes occur. 

1. Lawrence Tynes (New York Giants) @ Kansas City 

Lawrence Tynes came back to earth a bit in week 3 against Tampa Bay and missed a 21 yard FG. He ended up converting 1 FG and 3 extra points. Tynes may have missed a kick but he’s been pretty consistent the last 3 weeks and the Giants offense looks to keep chugging along. The Giants play the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 which could end up being a huge game for Tynes.
Point Projection: 11 points

2. Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Green Bay

In Week 3 against the 49ers, Longwell continued his status as one of 2009’s best fantasy kickers. He kicked 2 FGs, one a 52 yarder, and 3 extra points as well.  The Vikings face the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, which should be a great match up. Expect Adrian Peterson to bounce back from last week’s pedestrian game in a big way and drive the Vikings down the field giving Longwell plenty of chances to put up points.
Point Projection: 11 points

3. John Carney (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Jets

John Carney is having quite the season so far, averaging about 10 points weekly. Last Sunday that trend continued against the Buffalo Bills as he kicked 2 FGs and 3 extra points. Carney is on one of the league’s best offenses and has only missed one FG this season. As long as he’s the kicker in New Orleans, he should remain at the top of this list. The Saints play the New York Jets in Week 4 which should spell lots of FG opportunities for Carney.
Point Projection: 10 points

4. Jay Feely (New York Jets) @ New Orleans

Jay Feely only attempted 1 FG in the Jets win against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. He did hit 3 extra points but did not give his fantasy football owners much to smile about. Despite his low scoring performance in week 3, Feely has been perfect so far, going 5 for 5 this season. The Jets face New Orleans in Week 4 which should give him plenty of chances to improve on last week’s numbers.
Point Projection: 10 points

5. Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers) @ Pittsburgh

Though they were all below 30 yards Nate Kaeding hit 3 of 4 FGs in the Chargers week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins. He also booted in two extra points. Kaeding has been on a roll and should continue to kick well on a potent Chargers offense. San Diego plays the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 so it’s a strong possibility that FGs could trump extra points in that game, making him a good start. 
Point Projection: 10 points

6. Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) @ Minnesota 

Despite missing an extra point, which is almost impossible, Mason Crosby had a good day for his owners. He went 3 for 3 on FGs and had 3 extra points in the Packers Week 3 win against the St. Louis Rams. More proof that a good kicker’s value spikes when playing St. Louis. Crosby has been consistent so far this season. He’s only missed 2 FG out of 8 and has been successful from long range. Minnesota’s defense is tough but expect the Packers to give them a good game. This could quickly turn into a shoot out. If it does, Crosby will reap in some serious points.
Point Projection: 10 points

7. Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots) vs. Baltimore

The Patriots may be struggling but Gostkowski was on fire nailing 4 FGs below the 40 and 2 extra points. All said and done, he netted owners 14 points in Week 3. The Patriots play the Baltimore Ravens in New England this week. While Brady and company are trying to rediscover their dominant offense, Gostkowski should continue to put up good numbers each week. 
Point Projection: 9 points

8. Robbie Gould (Chicago Bears) vs. Detroit

Robbie Gould missed a 53 yard attempt in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks but then again long distance was never his thing. He did make 1 FG and 2 extra points. The 53 yard attempt was Gould’s first missed FG all season but he has not racked up lots of points for fantasy football owners. Expect a better performance when he kicks against the Detroit Lions in Week 4.
Point Projection: 9 points

9. Rob Bironas (Tennessee Titans) @ Jacksonville

Rob Bironas played on a bad ankle but still converted one FG for 38 yards and 2 extra points against a solid New York Jets defense. His production has been up and down so far this year. Look for Tennessee to run wild over Jacksonville in Week 4 which should allow Bironas to see the field plenty. Consider him a No.1 option thanks to the good match up.
Point Projection: 9 points

10. Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Seattle 

Adam Vinatieri continued to show why he’s not a virtual lock anymore when he walks on the field. He missed another FG against the Miami Dolphins but he did manage to convert one FG and kick 4 extra points. If the Colts offense were not so good, Vinatieri would not be worth having on your roster at this point the way he’s playing. The Colts play Seattle in the RCA Dome in Week 4 and should put up lots of points. Despite his inaccuracies, Vinatieri remains a good start this Sunday.
Point Projection: 9 points

11. Kris Brown (Houston Texans) vs. Oakland

Houston’s offense is churning but it’s not reflecting in Kris Brown’s numbers. In Week 3 against the Jaguars, he kicked a 27 yard FG and converted 3 extra points. Brown has made all of his kicks this season, when he’s gotten the chance. The Texans take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 which should translate to a great day and numbers for the solid kicker.
Point Projection: 9 points

12. Nick Folk (Dallas Cowboys) @ Denver

Folk had made his last 16 FGs until Monday night against the Carolina Panthers when he missed a 40 yard attempt. He did redeem himself though converting 2 FGs and an extra point. The Cowboys are still trying to work out the kinks in their offense but they have enough weapons to keep the chains moving. Folk is one of the best kickers in the league and as long as the offense can get better each week, so will his points. Dallas faces a tough Denver Broncos defense in Week 4 but Folk is a must-start every week right now.
Point Projection: 8 points