Fantasy Football Week 2: 3 Kickers That Will Put Your Team over the Edge

Michael DixonAnalyst IIISeptember 15, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos attempts a field goal against the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 26-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kicking is an interesting fantasy position. Even if you use a draft pick on a kicker, it should be a very late one.

Streaming is not a terrible thing to do with kickers. Normally that applies better when weather is more of a factor, but it's always a pretty good idea. Only two kickers, Neil Rackers and Stephen Gostkowski, are owned by 100 percent of ESPN owners.

So there are usually plenty of good ones available every week.

While using a high pick is not advised, their points are no less valuable than any other position's.

Here, we'll be looking at guys owned in less than half of ESPN's league.

David Akers

We saw in the opener that the 49ers offense can move the ball relatively well, but once they get into the red zone, they are not exactly an efficient offense.

That's where a good kicker comes in handy.

Akers buried four field goals and an extra point against Seattle. Dallas' defense will be a bit more stingy, but Akers will have plenty of opportunities to convert field goals.

If anything, more points may come Akers' way. All of his field goals in Week 1 came from short range. If Dallas' defense is tougher, some of those kicks will be a little longer.

Robbie Gould

Gould made three field goals in the opener against the Falcons. Now, kicking indoors against the Saints, the opportunities will be there for more field goals.

The Saints' defense allowed no field goals to the Packers in Week 1. Still, Mason Crosby made six field goals.

The Bears' offense is not quite as good as the Saints', so six touchdowns isn't quite likely, but a few field goals are likely to fly through. Gould is a good kicker from outside of 40 yards, so he's certainly worth picking up.

Matt Prater

Prater made two kicks and two extra points against the Raiders on Monday night. With another game in Denver, a long kick or two against Cincinnati is not exactly hard to fathom.

A strong leg in Denver is a good combination for a fantasy kicker. The Broncos' offense moved the ball well, but had a hard time getting the ball into the end zone.

That's not going to change with Knowshon Moreno being inactive. Kyle Orton moves the ball well, but the lack of a running attack keeps the Broncos from the end zone. When that happens, a good kicker will step in and pick up at least three points for you.

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