Fantasy Football's Top 15 Kickers for 2010

Eric StashinSenior Writer IJuly 9, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20:  Nate Kaeding #10 of the San Diego Chargers kicks the game winning field goal with three seconds left in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals as Mike Scifres holds on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 27-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Kickers are generally a fantasy afterthought, with owners waiting until the last round to fill the spot.  They are considered dispensable.  There’s always a viable option available on the waiver wire, right?

While that’s all true, to an extent, that doesn’t mean that they can’t make a difference in winning or losing.  No, I wouldn’t look to draft a kicker before the last round, as I would rather have depth at running back, quarterback, and wide receiver, the positions with the potential to bring in significantly more points.  Still, there are weeks that just a point or two decides a winner, and the kicker is the ultimate difference.

Let’s take a look at how I’d rank the Top 15 options:

  1. Nate KaedingSan Diego Chargers
  2. Stephen GostkowskiNew England Patriots
  3. Mason CrosbyGreen Bay Packers
  4. Garrett HartleyNew Orleans Saints
  5. David AkersPhiladelphia Eagles
  6. Ryan LongwellMinnesota Vikings
  7. Rob BironasTennessee Titans
  8. Matt PraterDenver Broncos
  9. Lawrence TynesNew York Giants
  10. Dan CarpenterMiami Dolphins
  11. Jay FeelyArizona Cardinals
  12. Robbie GouldChicago Bears
  13. Jeff ReedPittsburgh Steelers
  14. Neil RackersHouston Texans
  15. Adam VinatieriIndianapolis Colts



  • Nate Kaeding went 32-for-35, including nine kicks of 40 yards or more (three over 50 yards).  You couple the advantage of playing in generally good weather for the majority of the season with his accurate leg and you get the best option in the league.
  • Don’t forget about Neil Rackers, who joins the Texans after spending the past seven seasons in Arizona.  He missed time at the end of the season with a groin injury and now will have to compete with Kris Brown for playing time.  If he wins the job (and it’s assumed he will), he will be a usable option.
  • Ryan Longwell did the job last season (26-for-28) and certainly benefits from playing half his games in a dome.
  • Rob Bironas went 10-for-12 from 40-49 yards and five-for-six from 50-plus yards.  Being that accurate from long range goes a long way in making a valuable kicker.


Make sure to check out our 2010 rankings: