Week 1 fantasy football player analysis: place kickers

by Tim Heaney on September 3, 2008 @ 20:22:12 PDT

 


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Editor's note: All statistics in this article are from Week 1 to Week 17 of the 2007 season, unless otherwise noted. Statistics appearing in each table are per-game averages.

Fantasy value: No. 1 place kickers

Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.31
1.50
4.56
4.56
8.5
  • The Chiefs allowed 8.4 points per game to kickers last season, including a whopping 2.44 field goal attempts per game.
  • Gostkowski was actually less comfortable kicking field goals at home last season; he was 10-for-13 at Gillette Stadium as opposed to 11-for-11 on the road.

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.94
2.38
3.00
3.00
8.8
  • The Vikings allowed 7.2 kicker points per game last season, including two field goal attempts per game, which ranked in the middle of the NFL.
  • He was 5-for-5 on field goals and tallied 21 points in two contests against the Vikings last year, including a 44-yarder.
  • Crosby struggled at Lambeau Field last year, making just 13 of 19 attempts there compared to 18 of 20 elsewhere.

Shayne Graham, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.94
2.12
2.31
2.31
8.1
  • The Ravens allowed a league-high 2.69 field goal attempts and 9.1 kicker points per game last year.
  • Graham had a healthy share of work against the Ravens last season, making nine of 10 attempts, including all four in the 30-yard range.
  • He converted 16 of 17 field goal attempts on the road in '07.

Nick Folk, Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.62
1.94
3.31
3.31
8.2
  • The Browns were friendly to kickers last year, giving up 8.4 points per contest along with 2.19 field goal attempts per game.
  • He converted 15 of 18 field goal attempts on the road last year, including a 53-yarder.

Josh Brown, St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.75
2.12
2.69
2.69
7.9
  • The Eagles let opponents attempt 2.38 field goals per game last year, accounting for 7.5 points per contest. 
  • While with the Seattle Seahawks last year, Brown made four extra points but missed a 40-yard field goal attempt in a Week 13 tilt against the Eagles.

Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.44
1.56
2.75
2.75
7.1
  • The Texans allowed an average of 2.69 extra point attempts and 2.06 field goal attempts per game in '07.
  • Reed made 10 of 11 field goal attempts away from Heinz Field last year.

Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.81
2.19
2.19
2.25
7.6
  • Opposing kickers attempted 2.88 extra points but just 1.88 field goals per game against the Falcons.
  • In '06, Hanson had 12 points in a matchup against the Falcons.

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.44
1.81
3.06
3.19
7.4
  • The Bears let opponents attempt 2.06 field goals per game last season along with 2.31 extra points.
  • The field turf in the Colts' new home, Lucas Oil Stadium, will be a change from the turf at the RCA Dome.
  • He did not make a field goal in three attempts from beyond 39 yards last year, but the Colts should give him plenty of extra point opportunities.

Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.62
1.88
2.62
2.69
7.5
  • The Cowboys allowed 1.94 field goal attempts and 2.12 extra point tries per game last season for a total of 6.8 points per game.
  • Dawson was comfortable kicking at Cleveland Browns Stadium in '07, punching through 15 of 16 tries.

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench place kickers

Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
8
1.50
1.62
3.25
3.38
7.8
  • The Titans didn't accommodate opposing kickers last year, allowing just 1.56 field goal tries and 2.06 extra point attempts per contest.
  • Scobee missed eight games last season due to a quadriceps injury but made 12 of his 13 field goal attempts; he made just two of his three road tries, though.
  • He made a 22-yarder against the Titans last year.

Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
2.19
2.44
1.75
1.75
8.3
  • Last year the Jaguars held opposing kickers to just 1.44 field goal tries, two extra point attempts and 5.4 points per game.
  • Bironas was less comfortable in the Music City, making just 12 of 15 field goal attempts compared to 23-for-24 on the road.

Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.94
2.25
2.06
2.06
7.9
  • The Colts were staunch against opposing kickers last season, permitting just 1.25 field goal attempts, 1.69 extra point tries and 4.5 points per game.
  • Gould made four of his five indoor field goal attempts last year and converted 18 of 22 away from Soldier Field.

Martin Gramatica, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
3
1.67
1.67
2.67
2.67
7.7
  • Opposing kickers averaged just 1.12 field goal attempts, two extra point attempts and 4.8 kicker points per contest against the Buccaneers last year.
  • In just three games with the Saints last year, Gramatica made all five of his field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder at home in Week 16.

Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.75
2.06
2.12
2.12
7.4
  • The porous Saints defense was friendly to kickers in '07, allowing 1.88 field goal attempts, 2.75 extra point tries and 7.6 points per game. 
  • Against the Saints last year, Bryant made three of four field goals but only had a long of 31; he also converted seven extra points against them.
  • Bryant was 4-for-6 in field goal tries while kicking indoors last year.

Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.50
1.69
2.88
2.88
7.4
  • Against the Panthers, opposing kickers averaged two field goal attempts, 2.38 extra point tries and 7.4 points per game in 2007.
  • Kaeding converted 14 of 16 field goal tries at home last year.

Shaun Suisham, Washington Redskins at New York Giants

G
FG
FG Att
XP
XP Att
Kick Pts
16
1.81
2.19
1.81
1.88
7.2
  • The Giants allowed just 1.81 field goal tries, 2.38 extra point attempts and 6.3 points per contest in '07. 
  • Suisham made four of five field goal tries against the Giants last year, including two notches from better than 40 yards.
  • He was 13-for-18 in home field goals last year compared to 16-for-17 on the road.

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