Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings: Kickers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20:  Kicker Lawrence Tynes #9 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Want to avoid that horrible feeling of losing your fantasy game due to your fantasy kicker? We can help! Simply check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Kicker Rankings!

1. Lawrence Tynes (New York Giants) @ New Orleans

The Saints may be holding opposing kickers to just 5.8 fantasy points per contest, but you can’t let that influence your decision in regards to Tynes. Tynes has been the best fantasy kicker through 5 weeks of play, averaging a solid 10.8 points per week, and with Eli Manning not 100%, he could be looking at even more Field Goal opportunities than in previous weeks, which is saying something since he has only had less than 3 FG attempts once this season.
Point Projection: 12 points

2. David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Oakland

The Oakland Raiders are allowing 26 points per contest, while the Philadelphia Eagles are averaging 31.8 points per contest. You don’t have to be a math genius to figure out that the Eagles will be putting up points in this one. Akers, who has not had less than 8 fantasy points in any contest, will benefit, posting his second double digit outing of the year.
Point Projection: 11 points

3. Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit

The Detroit Lions have actually limited opponents’ FG attempts as teams have only gone for three against them 6 times on the year. The reason? Simple, the Lions are allowing their opponents to make it all the way to the end zone as kickers have attempted 21 extra points against Detroit this season. The Packers will light up the scoreboard in this one, so even if he’s not kicking FGs, Crosby will be getting fantasy points.
Point Projection: 10 points

4. Josh Scobee (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. St. Louis

After weeks of 9 and 14 fantasy points, Scobee burned his fantasy owners in week 5 with a big ol’ goose egg. Granted, it’s hard to blame Scobee for his lack of points as his only kick of the game was the opening kickoff. The Jaguars and Scobee should rebound in a big way in week 6 against a Rams’ defense giving up 29.2 points per game.
Point Projection: 10 points

5. Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Baltimore

In previous years, this game very likely would have been a battle of the Field Goals, but both the Vikings and Ravens are sporting some powerful offenses, while their defense have reverted some. Thus, Longwell’s FG attempts may lack some; however, don’t shy away from him as he has totaled less than 9 fantasy points just once this season.
Point Projection: 10 points

6. Olindo Mare (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona

After missing two costly FGs against the Chicago Bears in week 3, Mare’s job was in jeopardy; however, cooler heads prevailed and Mare is still around. That’s a good thing, as Mare has gone a perfect 3 for 3 on FGs since then. The Seahawks’ offense looked a lot stronger in week 5 with Matt Hasselbeck under center, so look for Mare to be a solid fantasy contributor as long as Hbeck stays healthy.
Point Projection: 9 points

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

Chances are Gostkowski was one of the first kickers taken in your fantasy draft, and he’s showing that was for good reason. Second in fantasy points among kickers, Gostkowski has been uber consistent in 2009, racking up at least 6 fantasy points in every contest he’s played in. Look for that streak to continue against a struggling Titans’ team.
Point Projection: 9 points

8. Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers) vs. Denver

The Broncos may only be allowing 8.6 points per game this season, but we expect that average to jump somewhat after this week’s Monday Night contest with the San Diego Chargers, who are coming into the match-up with a solid two weeks of preparation thanks to last week’s bye. With that being the case, feel free to plug Kaeding into your line-ups.
Point Projection: 9 points

9. Jason Elam (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Chicago

The Atlanta Falcons’ offense absolutely exploded in week 5, racking up 45 points. So, even though, Elam made just one FG, he still finished the day with double digit fantasy points thanks to a plethora of extra point opportunities. It’s very likely Elam doesn’t get six extra point chances in this one, but we, also, feel its likely that as a result he gets more than the one FG attempt he had last week. Use him with confidence against Da’ Bears.
Point Projection: 9 points

10. John Kasay (Carolina Panthers) @ Tampa Bay

With turnovers killing offensive drives, it’s hard for fantasy owners to trust in Kasay despite a solid match-up. However, let us ease your concerns some by pointing out that Tampa Bay has forced just six turnovers on the year. The Panthers’ should be able to take care of the football, leading to more opportunities for Kasay than in weeks past.
Point Projection: 9 points

11. Jeff Reed (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cleveland

With the Pittsburgh Steelers now sporting a more balanced offense thanks to the emergence of Rashard Mendenhall at running back, teams will have a harder time getting them off the field. That’s always good news for a kicker. Reed will post a solid day against the Cleveland Browns.
Point Projection: 8 points

12. Kris Brown (Houston Texans) @ Cincinnati

Cincinnati may be 4-1 and playing some pretty good football at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you should sit Kris Brown. The Houston passing game is clicking big time right now, and with the Bengals’ ranking 23rd against the pass, Houston should be able to move the ball through the air in this one, which should allow for Brown to get the opportunities needed to make for a solid fantasy option.
Point Projection: 8 points

13. Jason Hanson (Detroit Lions) @ Green Bay

Every week, we here at the Bruno Boys harp on the fact that there are really only two guys fantasy owners should consider starting from Detroit, running back, Kevin Smith, and wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, but it might be time we throw Jason Hanson’s name in there. Hanson has been solid in 2009, notching 6+ fantasy points in each and every contest, and we fully expect him to meet that threshold once more.
Point Projection: 8 points

14. John Carney / Garrett Hartley (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Giants

It’s somewhat ironic that the New Orleans Saints take on the New York Giants this week. In 2008, if you remember, Carney was a fill in kicker for the Giants due to a Lawrence Tynes injury; however, his production allowed him to stick around even after Tynes got healthy. Facing Tynes this week, Carney is in a very similar situation to the one he was in in 2008, with Garrett Hartley, the man Carney was filling in for, now returning from a suspension. We expect the Saints to stick with Carney for the time being; nevertheless, whoever kicks for the Saints is a fantasy kicker you want in your line-up.
Point Projection: 8 points