Fantasy Football Week Ten Rankings: Kickers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 13, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 07:  Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 24-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Often times kickers in fantasy football are overlooked, but if you find yourself a good kicker in a steady offense you can almost guarantee yourself an additional 7-10 fantasy points per week. In fact, through nine weeks of the NFL season there are14 kickers that average over seven fantasy points per game and eight of those 14 average 8.5 fantasy points per game. So for those of you who think the kicker position is a dime and dozen and not worth doing much research one, think again because if you own someone like David Akers, Stephen Gostkowski or Lawrence Tynes you have been getting WR2 value out of your kicker position.

Now that we are finished with our lecture on the importance of kicking in fantasy football let’s take a look at the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 10 Kicker Rankings.

1. David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles) @ San Diego

Through eight games Akers has averaged 10.3 fantasy points per contest which is tops at his position. On the season the lefty has nailed 16 field goal attempts and his lowest output in any games was eight fantasy football points. What makes Akers arguably the best fantasy kicker is the fact that Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid doesn’t hesitate to let him boot long FGs. Akers has 10 FGs over 40 yards and he should have no problem making it five straight games with 10 or more fantasy points when the Eagles take on a San Diego Chargers team that has allowed 20 fantasy points to opposing kickers over the last two games.
Point Projection: 12 points

2. Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Detroit

Longwell has always been one of the better kickers in the NFL but the arrival of Brett Favre has made him a lock to score solid fantasy football points on a weekly basis. He used to rely on his big leg to score field goals but with the Minnesota Vikings offense averaging over 25 points per game Longwell has mixed in extra points to his arsenal. To date, Longwell has 29 extra points to go along with 13 FGs and is averaging 9.4 fantasy points per contest. Expect much of the same from the Vikings’ kicker in Week 10 against a Detroit Lions team that gives up a league worst 9.8 fantasy points per game to kickers.
Point Projection: 11 points

3. Dan Carpenter (Miami Dolphins) vs. Tampa Bay

Carpenter continues to be an accurate kicking option in Miami, as the second year player has knocked down 11 of 12 field goal attempts through the Miami Dolphins first eight games. There is some cause for concern that he has only attempted five field goals over the last four games but expect things to change this week against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that allows 28.9 points per game. Carpenter should have no problem making it eight straight weeks with at least one converted FG.
Point Projection: 10 points

4. Jay Feely (New York Jets) vs. Jacksonville

In each of his last four games, Feely has gone for no less than 7 fantasy points. That streak should continue this weekend as a well-rested Jets team takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Giving up 24.8 points per game, no one is going to mistake the Jags for a defensive powerhouse. The Jets should score in this one, with Feely becoming the fourth kicker in the last five games to reach double digit fantasy points against Jacksonville.
Point Projection: 10 points

5. John Carney (New Orleans Saints) @ St. Louis

The Rams have allowed 27.6 points per game through the first half of the season. Meanwhile, the Saints’ offense is averaging 37.9 points per game on the year. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that those two stats combined mean a big day is in store for the Saints’ offense on Sunday. Were it not for the fact that the majority of the Saints’ points are going to be of the touchdown variety, Carney might top this list. As it is, though, he’s still a top-5 option.
Point Projection: 9 points

6. Nick Folk (Dallas Cowboys) @ Green Bay

The steady play of the Dallas Cowboys’ offense of late has led to steady production from their place kicker, Nick Folk. Over his last four contests, Folk has converted on 8 of 10 field goal opportunities and added 13 extra points for a total of 37 fantasy points over that time span. This match-up against Green Bay promises to be a shoot out, which means Folk is set for another solid fantasy outing.
Point Projection: 9 points

7. Rob Bironas (Tennessee Titans) vs. Buffalo

With Vince Young starting at quarterback, the Tennessee Titans have started to the move the ball down field with more regularity. As far as Bironas’ fantasy value goes, that’s good news. In the two games Young has started, Bironas has 10 and 14 fantasy points. Will he reach double digits for the third straight week? While we think he gets close, we feel he’ll fall just short of the double digit plateau. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use him in this week 10 match-up against the Bills.
Point Projection: 9 points

8. Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots) @ Indianapolis

When the New England Patriots match-up with the Indianapolis Colts, the contest is usually a grind it out type affair. That may not lead to a high scoring game, but it does lead to big fantasy days for the teams’ respective kickers. With both teams bending yet not breaking, field goal chances should abound on Sunday Night, making Gostkowski a top-10 option.
Point Projection: 9 points

9. Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers) vs. Philadelphia

After double digit outings in both week 6 and week 7, Kaeding has notched just 9 fantasy points total over the past two weeks. Kaeding was a victim of the Chargers’ efficiency in those weeks as he kicked 6 extra points to just 1 field goal. Those numbers should even out a bit this week against a solid Philadelphia Eagles defense that may not be able to keep the Chargers from scoring, but should be able to keep them out of the end zone for most of the day.
Point Projection: 8 points

10. Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) vs. Dallas

As mentioned above, while discussing Nick Folk‘s week 10 projection, this match-up has shoot out written all over it as Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers will constantly be looking to outdo the other. With plenty of points going up on the scoreboard, there will, also, be a good deal of points going next to Crosby’s name in fantasy box scores. Use the Packers’ kicker as top-10 option in week 10.
Point Projection: 8 points

11. Ryan Succop (Kansas City Chiefs) @ Oakland

The Oakland Raiders are allowing the 4th most fantasy points to opposing kickers at a clip of 8.5 per contest; however, Succop was held to just 4 fantasy points when these two teams met earlier in the year. That, though, was back in week 2, which happened to be quarterback Matt Cassel’s regular season debut with the Chiefs. With Cassel more comfortable under center, the Chiefs should move the ball better than they did in that contest, which should lead to a better fantasy day for Succop.
Point Projection: 8 points

12. Jason Elam (Atlanta Falcons) @ Carolina

Elam is another one of those kickers that’s been burned by his offense’s efficiency. In his last five games, the Falcons’ kicker has attempted just 6 field goals to 19 extra points. While we believe his extra point chances will outweigh his field goal opportunities once again, with the Panthers giving up 24.9 points per contest and Michael Turner being red hot, he’ll still post enough fantasy points to be a solid option this week.
Point Projection: 8 points