Fantasy Football Week Seven Rankings: Kickers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 23, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers kicks a n extra point out of the hold of Matt Flynn #10 against the Detroit Lions rushes at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 26-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Don’t think kickers can bring any real value to your fantasy squad? Think again. In Week Six, nine kickers posted double-digit fantasy points, providing many fantasy owners with the boost they needed to get the victory.

Heck, in one of the leagues I’m in with Bruno Boys Cavigs , he was able to pull off a three-point win, thanks partly to Lawrence Tynes’ 10-point effort this past Sunday.

So, as we continue to move forward in this 2009 season, remember not to sleep on the kicker position. With that said, let’s move into the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Seven Kicker Rankings .

1. Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots) @ Tampa Bay

Snowy conditions are not the ideal conditions for a kicker to kick in, and Gostkowski demonstrated that by missing one of his two field goal attempts in Week Six. Luckily, the Patriots provided their kicker with plenty of one-point chip shots to help make up for the lack of field goals, as Gostkowski attempted eight extra points.

The Patriots may not score eight TDs in Week Seven, but against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense allowing 28 points per game, New England will continue to light up the scoreboard. Play Gostkowski with confidence.
Point Projection: 13 points

2. Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) @ Cleveland

Crosby amassed an impressive 15 fantasy points in Week Six against the Detroit Lions, thanks in large part to a perfect 4-for-4 field goal day. The points should continue to come for Crosby and his fantasy owners this week as the high-scoring Packers head to Cleveland to face a Browns defense that is allowing 24.7 points to their opponents.
Point Projection: 13 points

3. David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Washington

Want consistency from your kicker? Look no further than Akers, who has tallied eight or 10 fantasy points in each of his first five games this season. The streak of eight-plus fantasy points should continue on Monday night, when Akers kicks against a Redskins defense that is allowing opposing kickers 7.3 fantasy points per contest.

With the Eagles looking to get the bad taste out of their mouths from that Week 6 loss to the Raiders, expect them to come out firing on all cylinders on the offensive side of the ball.
Point Projection: 12 points

4. Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers) @ Kansas City

On the year, Nate Kaeding has gone for double-digit fantasy points three times in five games. He makes it four of six this week against the Kansas City Chiefs , who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing kickers on the year, as the Chargers offense continues to move the ball down field.
Point Projection: 12 points

5. Matt Stover (Indianapolis Colts) @ St. Louis

For those fantasy owners wondering how Matt Stover has snuck himself back into the weekly kicker rankings, it’s due to cartilage issues in the knee of Adam Vinatieri . Making his 2009 fantasy debut against the hapless Rams, who are allowing 28.2 points per game, Stover should please those owners savvy enough to pick him up.
Point Projection: 10 points

6. Lawrence Tynes (New York Giants) vs. Arizona

Fantasy’s top kicker posted his fourth double-digit showing in Week Six against the New Orleans Saints . Tynes should continue to get opportunities to put up fantasy points this week as the Giants will need to score a good deal of points to keep pace with the Arizona Cardinals .
Point Projection: 10 points

7. John Carney (New Orleans Saints) @ Miami

Even with Garrett Hartley’s suspension over, Carney remained the Saints’ kicker in Week Six, and while he did not attempt a field goal, he still managed a solid six fantasy points thanks to extra point opportunities galore. Kicking for the high-powered Saints makes Carney a solid fantasy option week in and week out, no matter the matchup.
Point Projection: 10 points

8. Nick Folk (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Atlanta

Folk is averaging a very healthy 7.6 fantasy points, and with all of the weapons the Dallas Cowboys currently sport, you’d be wise to expect him to remain around that number moving forward. The Cowboys are coming off a bye week, so look for them to have a solid offensive game plan for this one, leading to a better than (his) average day for Folk.
Point Projection: Nine points

9. Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Pittsburgh

The addition of Brett Favre has propelled the Vikings into a high-scoring machine, as opposing defenses can no longer focus simply on shutting down Adrian Peterson and the ground game. As a result, the Vikings are scoring 31.5 points per contest, which is benefiting Longwell and his fantasy owners big time. Even against a solid Steelers’ defense, Longwell needs to be in fantasy lineups.
Point Projection: Nine points

10. Jay Feely (New York Jets) @ Oakland

The Oakland Raiders are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers at a 9.2 clip, which is good news for Feely. Feely is a solid 10-of-11 on FGs this season, and he should get a couple of chances to add to that total in this one as the Jets’ rushing game should be able to do at least enough damage against Oakland to get the Jets into field goal range.
Point Projection: Nine points

11. Joe Nedney (San Francisco 49ers) @ Houston

Following outings of 10 and 12 fantasy points to start the year, Nedney has cooled down, posting just 13 fantasy points combined over his last three contests. The Niners offense, though, gets a boost with the return of Frank Gore and the arrival of Michael Crabtree . As such, use Nedney with confidence against the Houston Texans .
Point Projection: Eight points

12. Jason Elam (Atlanta Falcons) @ Dallas

Elam’s fantasy value has taken a hit the last couple of weeks due to the Falcons’ ability to get the ball into the end zone. In fact, while Elam has attempted just one FG over the past two weeks, the Falcons have notched nine TDs. Look for the Falcons to come back to earth with a drive or two stalling in field goal range this week, leading to a solid outing for Elam against the Cowboys.
Point Projection: 8 points