Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: Neil Rackers and the 3 Kickers You Should Fear

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIOctober 7, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 17:  Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots kick the game winning field goal as Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens watches from the sidelines at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriot won 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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I say this a lot, but don't ever undersell the value of a kicker. You can go week to week with one  more so than most positions.

But in a close matchup, their points have the same value as anyone's.

Two of these guys aren't available in most leagues. But if you have a chance to grab any of these guys, don't waste a minute.

Neil Rackers

Without Andre Johnson, I see a lot of Houston's potential touchdowns becoming field goals.

No, the cupboard is not completely bare on the Texans offense. Matt Schaub is still a good quarterback, and he has other good options. Arian Foster is one of the better backs in the game.

But there is no way that Johnson's loss won't hurt the offense. Fortunately, fantasy owners will be able to benefit from Rackers.

Stephen Gostkowski

I see the Patriots moving the ball relatively well against the Jets. But I don't see them being quite as efficient when they get in the red zone as they have been this year.

It's not that Tom Brady and company won't score any touchdowns, but a few more drives will result in field goals than we're used to.

So enter Gostkowski, who is a proven kicker and is quite likely to put up a double-digit day in points.

Connor Barth

Anyone who saw the 49ers' game against the Eagles on Sunday probably noticed something. The Eagles attempted five field goals, making three.

The 49ers are maybe the ultimate bend-but-don't-break defense in the league. Their secondary allows big plays and a lot of yards. But in short-yardage situations, it's very hard to move the ball against Patrick Willis and company.

That's where a pretty good kicker can have a field day, and a fantasy owner can be put over the top with a win.

I expect a similar showing this Sunday. The 49ers will give up a lot of yards, but not a lot of points.

Barth will have himself a nice day. 

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