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Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:33
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Once again, and as it will be for the rest of the season, weather will come into play. When making your roster decision for Week 14 you should also be looking into the future at the next two weeks and evaluating both weather and match-ups. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  2. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  5. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  6. Chandler Catanzaro – New York Jets – at Denver
  7. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  8. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Houston
  9. Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at LA Rams
  10. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Tampa Bay
  11. Kai Forbath – Minnesota Vikings – at Carolina
  12. Steven Hauschka – Buffalo Bills – vs. Indianapolis
  13. Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Arizona
  14. Phil Dawson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tennessee
  15. Patrick Murray – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Detroit

Notes:

  • When it comes to kickers there are two things you want to balance; dependability and upside. Will Lutz brings both, and he is slated to be part of a high scoring game against the Falcons. Currently he has the third most points among kickers, and he has been consistent all season thanks to the Saints’ explosive offense. There have only been three weeks in which Lutz made just one field goal, but in those games he has a combined 14 extra points. Overall he has converted 83.3% of his field goals (25 of 30), including four from beyond 50 yards, while making 36 of 39 extra points.
  • We have been down this road before, but this week’s match-up dictates Phil Dawson should be on your radar. He and the Cardinals face Tennessee, who have allowed the most points to opposing kickers. On his own merits, Dawson isn’t worthy of starting in just about all leagues, but he has made kicks from beyond 50 yards in consecutive weeks. With the game in Arizona weather isn’t an issue, and while he has converted 72% of his kicks leg strength hasn’t been an issue. There are safer options, but Dawson provides value in DFS and based on his match-up brings a moderately high ceiling.
  • Despite our expectations for them entering the season, the Jets offense has proven to have fantasy value. That has made Chandler Catanzaro a borderline K1 and in his last five games he has averaged two field goals a week. Distance has proven to be an asset as he has converted 11 kicks from between 40 and 49 yards to go along with two field goals from beyond 50 yards. This week he stands to benefit even more as New York heads to Denver and their high altitude. Additionally, he is perfect on his 27 extra point attempts.

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