Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: Kickers That Will Boot You to the Top

Nick Sero@@thesportscannonCorrespondent IIISeptember 2, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11:  Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots lines up his extra point kick in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 11, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 47-12.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The NFL season is almost here and fantasy owners need an accurate list of fantasy football sleepers. NFL trade rumors are still swirling but we feel we have determined an accurate listing of this season’s fantasy football stars.

In our latest rankings there has been a bit of a shake up, but most names are where you wold expect. We have scoured the news wires and training camps, while creating accurate 2011 NFL predictions and have determined which kickers are poised to lead you to a fantasy football championship.

1(1) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

Gostkowski may be the guy most helped out by the new special teams kickoff rules. Still rebuilding leg strength after tearing a quad muscle last season, Gostkowski has yet to kick off in the preseason. He has hit three kicks over 40 yards so far this preseason so his leg strength isn’t all that far off.

2(2) Neil Rackers, Houston Texans

Rackers is one of the most accurate kickers in football and has been just as good on his long kicks. Rackers will have a new holder this season, but we still like his potential.

3(3) Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers

Kaeding is routinely a top-3 kicker in fantasy football, and we don’t see that changing with this offense.

4(5) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

Crosby has an ailing plant foot so keep an eye on him. He has looked fine so far through the preseason, however. The only knock on Crosby in this offense is that he will have far more extra point try’s than field goal attempts.

5(7) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

Bryant has a crazy streak of 28 consecutive made field goals and will likely get many more chances with the Falcons offense. Add the safety of playing on turf in a dome and Bryant may be the most consistent kicker in the game.

6(4) Josh Brown, St. Louis Rams

Brown is now the premier long range kicker in football, even more so than Sebastian Janikowski. Brown hit a 60-yard kick this preseason.

7(6) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

If your league deducts points for misses, Janikowski could be a risk. There is no doubt he has one of the strongest legs in the game, and it benefits an Oakland offense known for its struggles. He has missed quite a few from long distance in the recent past, however.

8(8) Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints

Hartley hurt his hop in the Saints preseason matchup against the Saints. Reports are the injury is minor and he should be fine so Hartley should still be considered in your draft. He won’t get too many FG chances in this offense, however.

9(10) Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans

Bironas should see an increase in chances now that the Titans have a semi-decent quarterback. If Chris Johnson holds out, however, you can disregard that last sentence.

10(12) Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have a very potent offense so they should be able to get in to field goal position. Any struggles for Peyton Manning means increased field goal attempts for Vinatieri.


See the rest of the Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings here.


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