Week 17 Kicker Rankings
Justin Tucker @ CIN
Justin Tucker has attempted the third-most field goals and recently moved into first place for all-time field goal percentage. He has connected on a league-high ten field goals of 50+ yards and has become the top kicker in football. More importantly, he has booted four field goals per game in three of his last five games. What’s more, the Bengals have allowed a whopping four attempts per game average to opposing kickers over the last two weeks.
- Adam Vinatieri vs. JAC
Adam Vinatieri has two field goals per game in three of his last four games and he has converted on 16 of his 19 attempts from 40-50+ yards. The Jags are allowing the sixth-most points per game and there should be a high volume of scoring by the Indy offense. Over the last three weeks, Jacksonville is allowing red zone touchdowns on just 45% of opposing offensive trips, which will lead to more field goals for the Silver Fox. Additionally, no team has allowed more total attempts than the Jags.
- Matt Bryant vs. NO
In his 15th season, Matt Bryant is on pace to have the highest field goal conversion percentage of his career. He has booted 36 kicks and has missed just three all season. Over the last two weeks, he has averaged almost four field goals and extra points per game. The high-octane Atlanta offense has helped him increase his total output. In addition, this game features two of the highest scoring offensive units in the league, which will lead to a plethora of points flying around.
- Steven Hauschka @ SF
Steven Hauschka just doesn’t have the stones to make a big kick against the Cards, does he? Nonetheless, the 49ers have allowed multiple field goal performances in three of their last five games and Seattle will reach the end zone against the worst scoring defense in football. Not to mention, Hauschka has attempted two or field goals in two of his last three matchups against Chip Kelly’s 49ers.
- Stephen Gostkowski @ MIA
Stephen Gostkowski has quietly booted multiple attempt performances in four of his last five games and he has missed just one kick over the same span. Not to mention, he is averaging almost three extra points per game to pair with his field goals. More importantly, the Dolphins have surrendered the sixth-most attempts, including two or more in each of their last three games.
- Cairo Santos @ SD
After going three weeks without a multiple field goal performance, infuriated fantasy owners were finally rewarded with a three attempt effort from Cairo Santos. The Chiefs have the fifth-lowest red zone touchdown scoring percentage (45%) and Santos is starting to kick more field goals again. The trend will continue as the Chargers are allowing three field goal attempts per game over the last five weeks of play.
- Dustin Hopkins vs. NYG
No kicker has attempted more field goals than Washington’s Dustin Hopkins. He has notched two or more field goals per game in every matchup but three this season. The Redskins are in the bottom half of the league in terms of red zone offense and Hopkins has booted more field goals as a result. Earlier in the season, Hopkins kicked a whopping five field goals against the Giants and he has multiple attempt performances in every career game against the G-Men.
- Matt Prater vs. GB
Matt Prater’s eight-game stretch with two or more field goals came to an end last week, but he has quietly been one of the better fantasy kickers this year. He is six-for-six on attempts from 50+ yards out and has been dynamite from longer distances. This game has the chance to be a shootout between two weak defensive backfields and Prater will be the beneficiary. Finally, the Packers have allowed two or more field goals in consecutive matchups.
- Dan Bailey @ PHI
Dan Bailey must be battling through his back injury more than we know because five misses this season are very unlike him. However, he still has tallied just six games without two or more attempted field goals. He most recently kicked a whopping six tries two weeks ago and he has another favorable matchup this week. The Eagles have surrendered almost three field goals per game over the last five weeks.
- Sebastian Janikowski @ DEN
Sebastian Janikowski has tallied the fifth-most attempts and his streak of ten consecutive games with two or more field goals came to an end last week. He is averaging almost three extra points per game to pair with his consistent field goal kicking. The Seabass can take advantage of a positive matchup this week too. The Broncos have surrendered three field goals per game over the last three weeks of play.
- Nick Novak vs. TEN
Cue the Alicia Keys: Nick Novak’s on fireeeee. Novak is averaging roughly four field goal attempts per game and only Dustin Hopkins has booted more total attempts this season. He has notched two or more kicks in every game but two and has benefited from a Houston offense that has scored touchdowns on red zone trips at the second-lowest rate (39%). More importantly, he has a solid matchup this week as the Titans have allowed the ninth-most attempts to opposing kickers.
- Caleb Sturgis vs. DAL
Caleb Sturgis has notched two or more field goals in three of his last five games and is one of the more reliable offensive weapons for the Eagles. Carson Wentz’s receivers are some of the worst in football and Philly has scored touchdowns inside the red zone at a measly 30% rate over the last three games. The trend will continue against a Cowboys team that has surrendered two or more field goal attempts in three of their last five contests.
- Mason Crosby @ DET
As I noted earlier, I envision this game being relatively high scoring as both teams battle for the NFC North crown. Mason Crosby has multiple field goal and extra point performances in two of his last three games and the Lions are becoming a positive matchup for kickers. Opposing kickers have combined to attempt just two kicks over the last three weeks against the Kitties, but Detroit is scoring touchdowns in the red zone at a 45% clip. This will eventually lead to more attempts for opposing kickers as drives stall.
- Brandon McManus vs. OAK
Brandon McManus has been struggling because the Denver offense hasn’t crossed the 50-yard-line for a touchdown drive since a December 4th matchup against the Jags. Nonetheless, he still managed to kick one field goal in each of the last three games. The Raiders have been relatively solid against kickers, but McManus has two or more field goals in each of his last three matchups against the Silver and Black.
- Nick Folk vs. BUF
Nick Folk has put together a stretch of three games with two or more field goal attempts. Not to mention, he has missed just four total kicks this season. He doesn’t provide much scoring in the extra point column because of an anemic Jets offense. However, the New York Jets have the lowest red zone touchdown scoring percentage (36%) and they’ll rely on the foot of Folk to score points. Not to mention, Buffalo has allowed two or more attempts to opposing kickers in four consecutive games.
Kai Forbath vs. CHI
Could I argue Kai Forbath is the second half MVP for Minnesota with all the crazy things that have happened to them this season? He has two or more attempts in five consecutive games and he has yet to miss a field goal. Forbath has shanked two extra points, but otherwise, he has held up well. This is how far the Minnesota season has fallen: finding positivity in a kicker. In all seriousness, Forbath has a great matchup against a Bears team that has surrendered the fifth-most field goals, including multiple attempt performances in five consecutive games.