Fantasy Football Week 1 Rankings: Kickers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 10, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal as teammate Chris Hanson #6 holds the ball  in the third quarter against the New York Giants on September 3, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Ahh kickers. Football’s private joke, the under-appreciated, the short time victors, the long term losers.

The truth is, most fantasy football owners don’t put too much stock in them and rightly so.

Bruno Boys advises that you wait until the last round to pick up your kicker as there are plenty of solid options to pick up on a waiver wire later on if needed. Plus, the difference in fantasy points among kickers in a season overall is not that much.

However, think about the last time you lost a match by 2,3,4 points. Maybe you lost a playoff spot, a Super Bowl. Maybe it just made you so mad you wanted to rip off car doors Hulk-style. Like it or not, kickers are here to stay in fantasy football. So, let the Bruno Boys help you get the most out of the kicker position in 2009.

At the start of the fantasy season, deciding which kicker to start or pick up is usually based on 3 criteria: player history, team offense and match ups. Traditionally, a strong-legged kicker who has been consistently accurate and plays on a good offense is usually a good pick for solid fantasy numbers.

However, match ups can be just as important, if not more. How good is the opposing team’s defense?  Are they kicking in a dome or open field? If you’re wondering where you’ll find the time to answer these questions, don’t worry. The Bruno Boys have done it for you. Here are the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 1 Kicker Rankings:

1. Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots) vs. Buffalo

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Every season, he gets better. And, though the return of Tom Brady and New England’s highly efficient offense may cut into some of his long range opportunities, he should put up plenty of points against a weak Buffalo defense in week 1.

Point Projection: 13 points

2. Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) @ Cleveland

Facing a Browns team surrounded by uncertainties, the Vikings versatile offense should have no trouble moving the ball down field in week 1. And, with the elite Minnesota defense only increasing their chances to score, Longwell should see the field often. Better yet, his coaches won’t be afraid to let him kick long, considering he went 6 for 6 from 50+ last season.

Point Projection: 12 points

3. John Carney (New Orleans Saints) vs. Detroit

With Garrett Hartley suspended, Carney should make the most out of a favorable week 1 match up at home in a dome. The Saints offense is fresh and healthy and should put up big numbers against the previously 0-16 Lions. Carney should capitalize quite nicely.

Point Projection: 11 points

4. Jason Elam (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Miami

Week 1 has Elam kicking at home in a dome and Atlanta’s powerful running game should keep the chains moving. However, the Dolphin defense is pretty solid which means the Falcons may be forced to kick several field goals during the game in place of TDs, making Elam a great start this week. 

Point Projection: 10 points

5. Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers) @ Oakland

Kaeding not only gets to kick for an offense chock full of weapons, he gets to kick against an Oakland Raiders team that had the 2nd worst run defense in the league last season. Even though Oakland has tried to address their line issues, it won’t stop the Chargers, or Kaeding from putting up some decent points.

Point Projection: 10 points

6. Nick Folk (Dallas Cowboys) @ Tampa Bay

If you can call a kicker a stud, Folk has the potential to earn the title. The Cowboys have a strong running game, a stout O-line and face a respectable Buccaneer’s defense in week 1.  That being said, Folk should put up some extra points and kick a few from long distance.

Point Projection: 10 points

7. Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Jacksonville

Vinatieri has not been without his issues recently, but he has been given the nod to start and will face a fairly weak Jaguar’s defense at home in week 1. The Colts offense is still one to be feared with Manning leading his team to the red zone, but it may have lost a step and could result in a lot more field goals this year.

Point Projection: 10 points

8. Neil Rackers (Arizona Cardinals) vs. San Francisco

The 49ers defense ranked 13th in yards and 23rd in points last year and didn’t do all that much to improve in the off-season. In other words, look for Kurt Warner to be throwing all over the field come Sunday, which means Rackers should get on the field enough to warrant a very solid start this week.

Point Projection: 10 points

9. Olindo Mare (Seattle Seahawks) vs, St. Louis

Despite only converting 24 field goals last season, Mare gets back a healthy Matt Hasselbeck and a revamped Seattle offense to give him more chances to score. The Seahawks running game has some question marks, but they face a rebuilding Rams team that was horrible last year, which should translate to a few field goals and extra points.

Point Projection: 9 points

10. Steve Hauschka (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Kansas City

With a young Joe Flacco at QB, this could be the year Baltimore’s passing game reaches a new level. That will help Hauschka get down the field more often. And, with the Raven’s great defense and a good match up at home against Kansas City, Hauschka is a good option in week 1. 

Point Projection: 9 points

For the rest of the WEEK 1 KICKER RANKINGS, click HERE!



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