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While this week’s list has many of the same names as it did last week, some players have moved up, and some down. Mike Nugent was the starting kicker for the Patriots, so now we have a name for the mysterious blank space from last week’s article. Here are the top kickers for week 6.
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Justin Tucker has moved up to number 1 on the list from last week’s #3 ranking. Throughout the course of the season, seeing teams lose because of a missed field goal, Tucker’s 100% accuracy rating has proven so invaluable. Plus, this week, he’s up against the Bengals, who have allowed an average of 27.2 points per game. The more points the Ravens score, the more extra points Tucker gets to kick. They’ll be moving up and down the field so much that he’ll probably get a couple chances at some field goals too. Tucker is a solid, reliable kicker who’s part of a powerful offense and that’s what puts him at number 1.
Butker has been very accurate this year, only missing one field goal and one extra point on the season. And with the amount of touchdowns the Chiefs score, he’s had a lot of chances to miss more than one extra point. Much like Tucker, he’s a reliable kicker, and he gets a lot of chances at the ball due to the high power Chiefs offense. He’s another great kicker and if you’re lucky enough to be in a league where he hasn’t been picked up yet, get him before it’s too late.
Will Lutz has also been really consistent this year. 11 for 12 on field goals and 10 for 11 on extra points, putting him near the top of the league with a 92% completion rate. Also part of an elite offense, he’s going to get a lot of chances at the ball just like Butker, Tucker, and Zuerlien will. With Drew Brees out for another month or so, it was to be seen if the Saint’s offense would still be as efficient. I think Teddy Bridgewater has more than stepped up to the plate, and while the Saints’ offense won’t be as good without Brees, they’re still a powerful team. That being said, Lutz is going to get a lot of chances, and his stats show he will nail them.
Mike Nugent ended up the kicker for the Patriots on Sunday night, and will be their kicker for the remainder of the season. He hit 2 field goals and 3 extra points in his first game of the season. Furthermore, the Patriots are going up against the Giants on Sunday. The Giants’ secondary hasn’t been putting up the best numbers, and with Brady at the helm the Patriots are most likely going to be cutting through that Giants secondary. Nugent is going to get a lot of chances on Thursday and is going to put up big points for your fantasy squad.
Putting up 55 points against the Rams was a big feat for this team. However, they followed it up with a 24 point performance against the Saints. Their offense didn’t look as powerful as it had against the Rams, but this is partially due to their offensive line letting Winston get sacked 6 times. How they were able to hold off Aaron Donald, but allow 6 sacks against the Saints (not that they’re a bad pass rush) is an interesting question. It’s yet to be seen if their strong performance against the Rams was a fluke or not. Either way, they’re looking like a pretty good offense and therefore Matt Gay is going to get some chances.
The Texans had a huge game on Sunday, putting up 53 points against the Falcons. Fairbairn was pretty accurate on Sunday, and has been pretty accurate this season in general with an 82.4% completion rate so far. The Texans offense has really been ramping up this season, and with their offensive line playing pretty well this season, they’re looking strong. While the Chiefs obviously have a high powered offense, their defense is not nearly as strong. The game on Sunday is most likely going to be a shootout, which means a lot of chances for Fairbairn.
Zuerlein dropped a few spots on this list after missing a field goal that would have won the Rams their game against the Seahawks. However, Zurelein is still the first NFL player to hit a 60 yard field goal and a 50 yard field goal in the same game, a record he set in 2012, his rookie year. His career long is 61 yards in 2015, and nailed his 3rd longest kick, a 58 yarder, this season. His consistency from range, especially when paired with a powerful offense like the Rams, keeps him on this list but his missed kick last week relegates him to number 7.
Josh Lambo is still perfect on the year hitting 12 of 12 field goals and 9 of 9 extra points. He gets an average of 2.4 chances per game and nails every one of them. The reason he isn’t higher is because the Panthers haven’t been getting many chances at extra points this season, so he doesn’t get as many points on fantasy. However, Minshew has been leading the offense surprisingly well and Lambo might be getting more chances in the future.
Gonzalez is ranked the highest in the league for attempts per game, with 3.4 on average. While his defense isn’t the best in the league, he still gets a lot of chances. Their offense isn’t good enough to score a ton of touchdowns, but they’re still good enough to get Gonzalez into field goal range pretty consistently. He’s still going to rack up some points for your fantasy team, but maybe not as many as those higher ranked.
Crosby is at a strong 88% completion percentage this season, making 7 of 8 field goals and 14 of 14 extra points. The reason he’s ranked lower on this list is because he doesn’t get very many attempts. He gets an average of 1.6 field goal attempts per game, and while he’s made all but one, that’s not the most conducive to fantasy points. However, he’s accurate and part of a powerful offense, which makes him a strong choice.
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