2011 fantasy kicker rankings (1-15)

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Green Bay Packers

1. Mason Crosby
(Auction: $2)
Crosby is coming off his poorest season from a statistical perspective in 2010, but he still finished 11th in fantasy points among kickers. In his three previous years, he finished no lower than fifth. He has averaged a solid 34 field-goal attempts per season since taking over the kicking duties in Green Bay in 2007, and he has made at least 46 extra points each year. With an explosive Packers’ offense putting him in position often, Crosby has a tremendous chance to get back into the top spot at his position in 2011. He’s worth adding in the late rounds as your No. 1 fantasy kicker. (Bye: Week 8)

2011 Projections
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FGM
XPA
XPM
21
17
47
47


 

San Diego Chargers

2. Nate Kaeding
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Kaeding failed to finish among the top 11 fantasy kickers in 2010 for the first time in his seven NFL seasons, but he missed three games due to an injured groin. If you project the numbers he posted in his 13 games over a full year, Kaeding would have finished third in points behind Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers. That's telling when considering Kaeding's ultimate value for the 2011 campaign. An accurate kicker with a strong leg, Kaeding is a consistent point producer and will continue to thrive in the Chargers’ terrific offense. He’s a surefire No. 1 fantasy kicker in all formats. (Bye: Week 6)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
21
15
37
37


 

New England Patriots

3. Stephen Gostkowski
(Auction: $2)
One of the most accurate kickers in the National Football League, Gostkowski had finished no worse than fifth in fantasy points at his position for three consecutive seasons heading into last year. Unfortunately, that streak ended with a right quadriceps injury that he suffered midway through 2010. Gostkowski will be back in plenty of time for the start of this season, and he’s a virtual lock to bounce back with a productive Patriots’ offense giving him plenty of opportunities to score points for fantasy owners. Expect Gostkowski to be one of the first kickers taken on draft day. (Bye: Week 7)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
21
13
46
45


 

Oakland Raiders

4. Sebastian Janikowski
(Auction: $2)
Janikowski was the top kicker in the league last season, when he scored 150 points and made a huge impact for owners. He made 33 of his 41 field-goal attempts, including 12 of 19 from 40-plus yards. He nailed four field goals from 50 or more yards, including a 59-yarder. So why isn’t he the top-rated kicker for 2011? Well, no player has led kickers in fantasy points in consecutive years over the last decade. What’s more, Janikowski hadn’t finished higher than 16th in the four seasons leading up to 2010. He’s clearly a No. 1 fantasy kicker, but his numbers are destined to decline. (Bye: Week 8)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
24
22
30
30


 

Atlanta Falcons

5. Matt Bryant
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Bryant might be the most underrated kicker in fantasy football. In his last two full seasons (he played in only five games in 2009), he finished no worse than 7th in fantasy points at his position. Bryant ranked fifth in 2010, when he made 28 of 31 field-goals tries and had a career-best 44 extra points. He also made his only attempt of 50-plus yards. With quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm of a Falcons’ offense that is going to put points on the scoreboard, Bryant should continue to have his share of opportunities this season. Consider him a viable No. 1 fantasy kicker in all leagues. (Bye: Week N/A)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
23
16
48
48


 

Houston Texans

6. Neil Rackers
(Auction: $1)
Rackers’ fantasy point totals declined in each of his final four seasons with the Cardinals beginning in 2006. But a change of scenery last season did him well. Rackers bounced back to make 27 of 30 field-goal tries to finish sixth among fantasy kickers in his first year in Houston. That puts him squarely back on the fantasy radar moving forward. While his career has been unpredictable from a statistical perspective, his strong leg and the backing of a powerful Texans’ offense led by quarterback Matt Schaub makes Rackers a viable No. 1 option heading into 2011. (Bye: Week 11)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
23
18
47
45


 

Indianapolis Colts

7. Adam Vinatieri
(Auction: $1)
Widely considered the most clutch kicker in NFL history, Vinatieri is coming off his best statistical season since 2004. He made 26 of his 28 field-goal attempts, plus a career-best 51 extra points, and finished seventh among kickers in fantasy points. That was an improvement over the previous three years, when he was no higher than 13th overall. Despite his success in 2010, Vinatieri remains a low-end fantasy kicker. He’ll be 39 in December and has clearly lost some leg strength: Vinatieri also hasn’t converted a field goal of 50 or more yards during the regular season since 2008. (Bye: Week 11)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
21
16
48
48


 

Miami Dolphins

8. Dan Carpenter
(Auction: $1)
Carpenter has emerged as one of the more reliable kickers in fantasy football. He’s finished in the top 11 in fantasy points among kickers in each of the last two seasons, including eighth in 2010. His field-goal conversion rate dropped to 73.2 percent in 2010 (from 89.3 percent in 2009), but he also had a career-high 41 attempts. What’s more, Carpenter nailed a total of four field goals from 50-plus yards, including a 60-yarder. There are some question marks about the Dolphins’ offense, but there’s no reason to believe Carpenter can’t continue to produce for fantasy owners. (Bye: Week 5)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
26
22
36
36


 

St. Louis Rams

9. Josh Brown
(Auction: $1)
After posting mediocre numbers in 2008 and 2009, Brown returned to fantasy relevance last season by finishing third in points among kickers. He made 33 of a career-high 39 field-goal tries, including 3 of 4 from 50 or more yards. Brown is trending upward again while kicking for a Rams’ offense that promises to put him in position to score often under new coordinator Josh McDaniels. Couple that with what projects to be one of the more favorable schedules in the league among kickers, and Brown should be in good position to find fantasy success again. He clearly has late-round appeal. (Bye: Week 5)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
26
23
42
42


 

Tennessee Titans

10. Rob Bironas
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In 2010, for the first time in the last four seasons, Bironas failed to crack the top 10 in fantasy points among kickers. On a positive note, he did make a career-best 92.3 percent of his field-goal attempts (24 of 26). What’s more, he nailed 2 of 3 field-goal tries from 50-plus yards and has made nine of his last 11 attempts from that range. The Titans’ offense will have a bit of a new look in 2011, but it still should move the ball well enough to allow Bironas his share of chances to produce for fantasy leaguers. So despite his recent statistical dip, he still has starting value in drafts. (Bye: Week 6)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
19
18
48
48


 

San Francisco 49ers

11. David Akers
(Auction: $1)
There hasn’t been a more productive and reliable kicker over the past three seasons than Akers. He has finished second in fantasy points at the position each of those years, averaging a solid 145 points while making 97 of 115 field-goal attempts. Akers also has at least 45 extra-point attempts each season since 2008. Had the Eagles not drafted Alex Henery, Akers would actually be the top kicker on NFL.com. But with a change of scenery and a move to San Francisco, his stock has fallen. Consider him a low-end No. 1 fantasy kicker on draft day. (Bye: Week 7)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
19
16
34
34


 

Baltimore Ravens

12. Billy Cundiff
(Auction: $1)
Cundiff made the Pro Bowl in his first full season with the Ravens and finished 10th in fantasy points among kickers in 2010. He nailed 26 of his 29 field-goal attempts, and posted a career-best 39 extra points. While he doesn’t have the strongest leg in the league—Cundiff hasn’t made a field goal of at least 50 yards since 2005—he does kick behind a strong offensive attack and has a legitimate chance to finish in the top 10 at his position for a second consecutive year. In most leagues with 12 or more teams, Cundiff is well worth a late-round look as a legitimate fantasy starter. (Bye: Week 5)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
24
20
49
48


 

Chicago Bears

13. Robbie Gould
(Auction: $1)
Gould ruled the roost among kickers back in 2006, when he scored 143 fantasy points on the strength of a career-best 32 field goals. Since then, however, he’s finished no higher than 12th at the position with an average rank of 15th in the last three years. On a positive note, Gould should see more than his share of opportunities to produce behind a Bears offense that will move the football and put points on the scoreboard. While he has a strong leg and can post some good weeks, however, it’s hard to lean on Gould as a regular starter in the majority of fantasy football drafts. (Bye: Week 8)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
26
23
29
28


 

New York Jets

14. Nick Folk
(Auction: $1)
Folk is coming off one of his best seasons from a fantasy perspective. He finished fourth in fantasy points among kickers while making a career-best 30 field goals. However, Folk hit on a mediocre 76.9 percent of his attempts and has converted just 72 percent of his field-goal tries the past two seasons. He’s worth a late-round selection in deep leagues, but there are better options out there. (Bye: Week 8)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
33
24
32
32


 

Philadelphia Eagles

15. Alex Henery
(Auction: $1)
Henery could turn into one of the better sleeper kickers in fantasy football this season. The rookie has a strong leg with the range to hit long field goals, though his accuracy does drop from long distances. However, playing behind the Eagles offense should put him in position to post good fantasy totals and makes Henery worth a look in the late rounds as a No. 2 fantasy kicker with upside. (Bye: Week 7)

2011 Projections
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
28
20
51
51


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