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Note: Projections are from the 2010 NFL.com Fantasy Football Preview Guide and will be updated throughout the preseason.

 

New England Patriots

1. Stephen Gostkowski
(Auction: $2)
There's no proven system for predicting a kicker's performance from one season to the next, so looking for consistency is the best course of action. Enter Gostkowski, one of only two kickers to finish in the top five in fantasy points at his position in each of the last three seasons. Gostkowski also is accurate, and enters 2010 with a career success rate of 85.1 percent on his field-goal attempts. Kicking in an offense that puts him in a position to score on a regular basis, Gostkowski remains a solid option for fantasy owners. He'll be the first kicker taken in many drafts. (Bye: Week 5)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
143
34
30
53
53


 

New Orleans Saints

2. Garrett Hartley
(Auction: $2)
Hartley started last season on the sidelines, serving a four-game, league-imposed suspension. He finished as one of the heroes for the Saints during their Super Bowl run. While he has never played a full 16-game season at the NFL level, Hartley has a ton of potential kicking for one of the league's most prolific offenses. In 13 career games, he's averaged an impressive 9.4 fantasy points per game on NFL.com. Despite an unfavorable FPA rating, Hartley still holds plenty of upside for 2010 and is on the verge of his best fantasy season. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
141
35
31
48
48


 

San Diego Chargers

3. Nate Kaeding
(Auction: $2)
The final images of Kaeding from last season are of his three missed field goals against the Jets in the playoffs. Luckily for fantasy owners, he's a much better kicker during the regular season. In fact, he was the top-scoring player at his position on NFL.com in 2009. Kaeding also has been a fairly consistent option, finishing no worse than 11th at his position in fantasy points over the last four seasons. With one of the best FPA ratings among kickers, the Chargers' veteran should continue to perform at a high level in 2010. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
136
34
30
46
46


 

Philadelphia Eagles

4. David Akers
(Auction: $2)
Akers finished second among kickers in points in 2009 and has put together consecutive seasons with 140-plus fantasy points for the first time in his lengthy NFL career. An accurate kicker with a strong left leg, Akers has converted 82 percent of his field-goal attempts and has hit at least one field goal of 50-plus yards in all but one season since joining the Eagles in 1999. Kicking in an offense that will continue to put points on the board, Akers should have another solid season in 2010. Look for him to be one of the first five kickers selected in the late rounds of drafts. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
134
37
31
41
41


 

Green Bay Packers

5. Mason Crosby
(Auction: $2)
Although he converted a career-low 75 percent of his field-goal attempts, Crosby still finished fourth in fantasy points among kickers on NFL.com last season. One of only two kickers to finish in the top five in points at his position over each of the last three years, Crosby's strong leg and consistent level of production make him an excellent option in fantasy leagues. Crosby has averaged 36 field-goal tries per season and made no fewer than 46 extra points, so it's evident he gets his share of opportunities to score. He has a good FPA rating to boot. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
129
28
36
45
45


 

Minnesota Vikings

6. Ryan Longwell
(Auction: $1)
When Longwell moved from Green Bay to Minnesota in 2006, it appeared that his days as a viable fantasy option were finished. But over the last two seasons, he has re-emerged as one of the better options at his position. He improved from 24th in points at his position in 2007 to fourth in 2008 and third in 2009. Furthermore, he established career bests for field-goal percentage (92.9) and extra points (54) last year. If the Vikings' offense continues to move the ball, there's no reason to believe Longwell won't remain a viable starter in all fantasy leagues. (Bye: Week 4)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
128
32
27
47
47


 

Tennessee Titans

7. Rob Bironas
(Auction: $1)
Bironas has emerged as one of the better kickers in fantasy football. He's finished in the top 10 in fantasy points at his position three consecutive seasons and has one of the strongest legs in the league. (He has made at least one field goal of 50 or more yards in every year of his NFL career.) Bironas, who has made 87.5 percent of his field goals over the last three seasons, should continue to have success in a Titans' offense that consistently allows him scoring chances. With a favorable FPA rating as well, he is a solid option. (Bye: Week 9)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
125
36
29
38
38


 

Denver Broncos

8. Matt Prater
(Auction: $1)
Prater quietly has become one of the more accurate kickers in the league. He made 85.7 percent of his field-goal tries in 2009 and finished eighth in fantasy points at his position. He also has shown a strong leg, hitting at least 2 field goals of 50-plus yards in each of his last two seasons, including a 56-yarder in 2008. It's also a nice advantage to have such a favorable FPA rating, which is increased by playing in a division with some questionable defenses. Prater isn't an elite option, but he is a viable fantasy starter in all leagues. (Bye: Week 9)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
123
36
29
36
36


 

New York Giants

9. Lawrence Tynes
(Auction: $1)
Tynes is coming off one of his best seasons. He finished in the top 10 in points among kickers on NFL.com for the first time since 2005, when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished the season as a fantasy starter in 65 percent of leagues. Like many kickers, Tynes can be a bit inconsistent. But kicking for a Giants' offense that has the potential to score a ton of points, the veteran will continue to get his chances to put up points. A viable No. 1 fantasy kicker, Tynes should post 120-plus points and is worth a late-round pick in most leagues. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
123
33
27
43
42


 

Chicago Bears

10. Robbie Gould
(Auction: $1)
Back in 2006, Gould led all kickers on NFL.com with an impressive 143 fantasy points. Since then, however, his point total has decreased every season. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel for this veteran kicker. With new coordinator Mike Martz calling the plays, the Bears should put up more points and allow Gould more opportunities to score. In fact, he should get 30-plus field goal attempts for the first time since 2007. While Gould's FPA rating isn't favorable, he is an accurate kicker who should re-emerge as a No. 1 fantasy option. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
121
32
27
40
40


 

Arizona Cardinals

11. Jay Feely
(Auction: $1)
Feely is a journeyman who joins his fifth different team, including his fourth since 2006, this year. He had success with the Falcons and Giants-he led all kickers in fantasy points while with the Giants in 2005-but then fell off the fantasy radar. From 2006 to 2008, Feely ranked no better than 17th at his position on NFL.com. With the Jets last season, however, Feely posted his best numbers in several years and finished a solid ninth at his position in fantasy points. Now a member of the Cardinals, he is a low-end No. 1 fantasy kicker and worth a late-round choice. (Bye: Week 6)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
121
32
29
35
35


 

Baltimore Ravens

12. Shayne Graham
(Auction: $1)
Graham signed with the Ravens and will compete with Billy Cundiff for the top spot on the depth chart. He was once considered one of the best kickers in fantasy football, but injuries and lagging numbers hurt his value in recent seasons. Now with the Ravens, Graham will have a chance to rebound and become relevant once again. The offense should be more explosive than ever under coordinator Cam Cameron, so Graham would have more than his share of opportunities to score points. If he beats out Cundiff, Graham will be worth a late-round look. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
119
35
26
41
41


 

Kansas City Chiefs

13. Ryan Succop
(Auction: $1)
Fantasy owners looking for a sleeper at kicker should look no further than Succop. During his rookie season, he showed potential by making a solid 86.2 percent of his field-goal tries. He also made 2 kicks of 50-plus yards, so he has some leg strength to go along with his accuracy. Overall, he finished a respectable 15th in fantasy points at his position. The Chiefs' offense should be much improved under new coordinator Charlie Weis, so Succop figures to get 30-plus field-goal attempts in 2010. Couple that with a great FPA rating, and he is worth a look late in drafts. (Bye: Week 4)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
119
34
29
32
32


 

Miami Dolphins

14. Dan Carpenter
(Auction: $1)
Carpenter hinted at his upside in 2009, finishing 11th in fantasy points among kickers on NFL.com while making all but 3 of his 28 field-goal attempts. He's also kicked a field goal of 50-plus yards in each of his first two years, so he has some leg strength. Carpenter scored 7 or more fantasy points 11 times in 16 games last season. Though he isn't one of the elite options at his position, he has the tools to develop into a reliable starting fantasy kicker. A potential low-end sleeper in most leagues, he is worth a late-round pick in larger leagues in 2010. (Bye: Week 5)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
114
28
25
39
39


 

Oakland Raiders

15. Sebastian Janikowski
(Auction: $1)
Janikowski has immense leg strength and can put up huge fantasy numbers in a given week. In 2009, he converted on an impressive six of eight field-goal attempts of 50-plus yards and even hit on a 61-yard conversion. Unfortunately, the Raiders lack of offensive firepower has hurt his appeal. He scored double-digit fantasy points just six times last season, and was held to seven or fewer points on seven different occasions. With Jason Campbell now under center, though, he could finally become a more reliable fantasy option. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Points
FGA
FGM
XPA
XPM
112
33
29
25
25


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