Aside from this week’s Saints’ game, there aren’t many games that jump off the page as far as high point totals. Of course that doesn’t mean all kickers are created equal, although you are forgiven for thinking that. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank as we enter Week 6:
Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at New York Giants
Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New York Jets
Mason Crosby – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Dallas
Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Francisco
Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Miami
Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at San Diego
Josh Brown – New York Giants – vs. Baltimore
Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
Caleb Sturgis – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
One way to attack the position is to simply look at which teams allow the most points to opposing kickers. That brings us to Jason Myers, who faces the Bears this week. Myers is a middle of the pack kicker who is coming off his bye week and should be available in most leagues. He has converted on four field goals from beyond 40 yards and he is also perfect on his nine extra points attempts.
The only issue you can have with the start to Greg Zuerlein’s 2016 season is that he hasn’t had enough opportunities. Zuerlein has yet to miss a kick, and he is at it again from long distance, converting on all nine of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond 50 yards, and each of his seven extra points. I would look for that trend to continue.
Who knew that Tom Brady returning would lead to a bad week for Stephen Gostkowski? That is what happens when the Patriots offense gets rolling and scores four touchdowns. Gostkowski actually missed his third field goal of the season, but two of those are from beyond 40 yards. I wouldn’t be concerned about Gostkowski who is also perfect on all 13 of his extra point attempts.