Fantasy Football Week Nine Rankings: Kickers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 5, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 28:  Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers kicks a field goal during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 28, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kickers may not be sexy, but as a fantasy owner, you want to maximize your fantasy points each and every week, which means you got to show kickers some love, too.

1. Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) @ Tampa Bay

The Green Bay Packers are averaging 26.7 points per game this season, sixth best in the NFL. Meanwhile, their Week Nine opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , are allowing 29 points per contest, third worst in the NFL. That means the Packers should be able to light up the scoreboard in this one. And, when a team puts up points, that’s good news for their kickers’ fantasy value.
Point Projection: 12 points

2. Lawrence Tynes (New York Giants) vs. San Diego

The San Diego Chargers have only limited an opposing kicker to less than seven fantasy points once this season, which is music to Tynes’ owners’ ears; as the kicker has tallied just five fantasy points in each of the last two weeks, a disappointment following his four double-digit outings in the team’s six games. Tynes gets back on track and reaches double digits here in Week Nine.
Point Projection: 12 points

3. Olindo Mare (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Detroit

An average kicker, Mare has had a couple of strong fantasy performances on the year with 13 points in Week Three against the Bears and 12 points in Week Five against the Jaguars. Week Nine should bring the Seahawks’ kicker his third solid game of 2009 as he gets set to face the Detroit Lions . The Lions have allowed opposing kickers the most fantasy points of any team in the league, giving up a healthy average of 9.1 points per contest.
Point Projection: 11 points

4. David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Dallas

A member of Bruno Boys Nation asked during one of this week’s Live Q & A sessions whether Akers was a legit fantasy option going forward. Seeing as the Eagles’ kicker has not tallied less than eight fantasy points in any contest this season and the Eagles offense is clicking at the moment, we’d say he is. Akers continues his double-digit streak in Week Nine against the Cowboys, making it four straight games in which he’ll have 10-plus points.
Point Projection: 11 points

5. Matt Stover (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Houston

Adam Vinatieri’s injury has allowed for the return of Matt Stover to fantasy relevance. The Colts’ new kicker totaled 13 fantasy points in the team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers last week; however, it’s hard to believe he’ll have as many field goal opportunities in this one, as the Colts won’t stall on as many drives against the Houston Texans . Still, this one should be a shootout, which is excellent news for the kickers involved. Stover is a top-five option for Week Nine.
Point Projection: 11 points

6. Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots) vs. Miami

The Miami Dolphins have allowed 25.3 points per game this season, the seventh most on the year, and with the New England Patriots coming off a bye, you know they’re ready to expose the Dolphins’ weak defensive unit. Points galore for the Patriots will translate into a solid fantasy outing for Gostkowski.
Point Projection: 10 points

7. Rob Bironas (Tennessee Titans) @ San Francisco

Over his last three outings, Bironas has had a 12-point outing and a 14-point effort. Sadly, he has a big goose egg sandwiched in between, making him a bit difficult to project. However, if we owned him, we’d use him against the 49ers. The Titans showed some life with Vince Young under center in Week Eight and the Niners have given up the fifth most fantasy points to kickers in 2009; both items make us confident Bironas posts strong numbers in this one.
Point Projection: Nine points

8. Jason Elam (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington

Elam missed two field goals in the Falcons' Week Eight Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints , misses that proved costly in the course of the game. However, he still had a nice showing for his fantasy owners, as he was able to rack up eight fantasy points despite the misses. Look for Elam to be around that total again this week, as the Falcons will go against a Redskins team that’s allowing opposing kickers 7.9 points per game.
Point Projection: Eight points

9. Kris Brown (Houston Texans) @ Indianapolis

As mentioned above in Matt Stover’s write-up, this matchup between the Texans and Colts should be a high-scoring affair, making the kickers strong fantasy plays. Brown has a combined 20 fantasy points over his last two games and could see an increase in value thanks to Owen Daniels’ injury, which could result in a few more stalled drives for the Texans than normal. All of these factors combine to make Brown a top-10 option for Week Nine.
Point Projection: Eight points

10. Nick Folk (Dallas Cowboys) @ Philadelphia

Due to the emergence of Miles Austin as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, the Cowboys have found their stride of late, going for 26, 37, and 38 points over their last three contests. Those high scores have led to a good amount of points for Folk, who tallied seven, 14, and eight fantasy points in those contests, respectively. The Eagles are a tough opponent, but with the way the Cowboys offense is motoring, it’s not advisable to sit Folk.
Point Projection: Eight points

11. John Carney (New Orleans Saints) vs. Carolina

It’s now been firmly established that Carney is the Saints’ kicker, which means you can deploy him on an every week basis. The Saints are posting an absurd 39 points per contest this season, and it’s highly unlikely their high-flying offense is slowed by the Carolina Panthers .  Per usual, Carney is a nice fantasy play.
Point Projection: Eight points

12. Joe Nedney (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Tennessee

Nedney hasn’t reached the double-digit plateau since Week Two of the season, but it doesn’t mean the 49ers’ kicker isn’t without fantasy value, especially in this week’s matchup with the Tennessee Titans . The Titans are allowing the most points per game in all of the NFL at a clip of 30.1, so the Niners should score on Sunday. Nedney gets his first field goal in three games, leading to a solid seven-point day.
Point Projection: Seven points

13. Josh Scobee (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Kansas City

Since a 14-point effort in Week Four, Scobee has totaled just five fantasy points in three games. So, why does he appear in the top half of our Week Nine kicker rankings? Simple, the matchup he has against the Chiefs is just too good to pass up. The Chiefs have been many kickers' “get well” opponents, as they’re allowing 9.0 points per contest to fantasy kickers, and they should do the same for Scobee this week.
Point Projection: Seven points