What's the secret to a good kicker in fantasy? Well, there are a few tricks.
One, you want guys kicking in good conditions. This time of the year, that's not a huge concern. But still, keep a look out for guys kicking in domes, or at least warm weather cities.
Two, you want a good kicker. This sounds obvious, but you want a guy who's going to make his kicks.
Three is tricky. You want a guy with a good offense, but not too good. You want a guy playing a suspect defense, but not too suspect. Basically, you want a guy whose team will get a lot of yards, but not a lot of touchdowns.
So, without further adieu, let's take a look at the three guys who best fall into at least two of these categories.
How many field goals from 50 yards or beyond will Sebastian Janikowski make vs. the Browns?
This guy is just a machine. He's quite simply the best long range kicker in the history of the league. What makes that so valuable is that no matter who the coach of the Raiders has been, Janikowski frequently gets to try field goals from outside of 50 yards, if not more.
The Browns defense promises to give Janikowski plenty of chances. Now, I do think that the Raiders will score a few touchdowns and actually win pretty easily, but I see them moving the ball very well all game.
With that, a few nice field goal chances will come Janikowski's way.
Hanson hasn't missed a kick all year for the Lions. Against the 49ers, he's likely to get a few more opportunities.
The 49ers will have a hard time stopping Calvin Johnson, but tend to do extremely well in the red zone. So Hanson's opportunities will be there.
If the 49ers are playing a team with a good offense, the kicker of that team will always be a good player.
I think the Ravens will handily beat the Texans on Sunday. Still, I do think the Texans will do a reasonable job moving the ball, at least on a few possessions.
Even without Andre Johnson, the Texans have the weapons to move the ball. I just don't see a lot of those normal touchdowns resulting in six points.
That's where Rackers comes in.
The Ravens may not score a lot. But a good amount of what they score will come from the foot of Rackers.