Ravens | Justin Tucker continues hot streakBaltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker has connected on 27 consecutive field goals, including the ones made during Thursday's 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. That is the longest active streak in the NFL, ahead of the New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski (21 field goals) and the Seattle Seahawks' Steven Hauschka (15).
Week 13 Kicker Rankings
Our other rankings are coming soon, check back later today or tomorrow.
Kurt TurnerStephen Gostkowski">Stephen Gostkowski, NE, at HOU1Dan Carpenter, BUF, vs. ATL2
Mostly NFL Notes: A Week 12 Recap
Cam Newton got 2.8 fewer YPA than Ryan Tannehill, yet Carolina won on the road anyway. Of course, Newton also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, as he’s now turned in three straight performances with a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter (it’s probably no coincidence Ron Rivera has gone from one of the most conservative coaches to “Riverboat Ron” during the same span in which the Panthers went from one of the worst teams in games decided by seven points or fewer to one of the best)…Mike Wallace’s big game could’ve been even bigger (he somehow nearly hauled in a long TD with just seconds left in the fourth quarter with Carolina in full prevent
Week 12 Kicker Fantasy Football Rankings
Kurt TurnerStephen Gostkowski">Stephen Gostkowski, NE, vs. DEN1Matt Prater, DEN, at NE2Garrett Hartley, NO, at ATL3Dan
Week 11 Kicker Rankings
Greg BroshCompositeNick Novak, SD, at MIA111Matt Prater, DEN, vs. KC233Steven Hauschka, SEA, vs. MIN323Stephen Gostkowski">Stephen
Week 9 Kicker Rankings
Updated often by the other writers so check back later in the week for adjustments.
Kurt TurnerStephen Gostkowski">Stephen Gostkowski, NE, vs. PIT1Dan Bailey, DAL, vs. MIN2Garrett Hartley, NO, at NYJ7
Week 8 Kicker Rankings
Greg BroshCompositeMatt Prater, DEN, vs. WAS122Garrett Hartley, NO, vs. BUF243Alex Henery, PHI, vs. NYG333Stephen Gostkowski">Stephen
Week 7 Kicker Rankings, It Matters
Kurt TurnerStephen Gostkowski">Stephen Gostkowski, NE, at NYJ1Dan Bailey, DAL, at PHI2Matt Prater, DEN, at IND3Alex Henery, PHI, vs. DAL4
Week 5 Kicker Fantasy Football Rankings
Kurt TurnerCompositeMatt Bryant - Atl, vs. NYJ111Nick Novak - SD, at
Week 4 Kicker Fantasy Football Rankings
Because we here at Knuckleheads have been swamped with questions and other articles, we will be throwing out a quick list of the top 20 kickers for this week instead of our usual multi-ranker list. Enjoy!
1. Matt Prater
Fantasy Football Rankings: PK - Week 4Stephen Gostkowski has been a busy man from three-point land. Where does he rank this week?
Week 2 Kickers Fantasy Football Rankings
Here’s our week 2 fantasy football rankings for the kicker position. After about week 4 I’ll have a good sample of stats to really shore up these list. Until then its more about finding strong offenses against above average defenses which usually will net your kickers some extra field goals.
Fantasy football week 2 kicker rankings
Kurt TurnerMatt Bryant, ATL vs. STL2
Week 1 Kicker Fantasy Football Rankings | Kicker
Greg BroshCompositeMatt Bryant , ATL at NO �P2122Stephen Gostkowski">Stephen Gostkowski , NE at BUF5233Blair Walsh , MIN at DET3312
Fantasy Football Auction Draft: Lessons Learned
Just like redraft leagues of all scoring variety, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wound up being the priciest acquisition in our 2nd Annual Fantasy Knuckleheads Fantasy Football Auction League.
Saturday night was a great night in the world of fantasy football and Fantasy Knuckleheads as myself, members of the staff and other friends of ours took part in our 2nd Annual Fantasy Football Action Draft. Having an auction
Top 200 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings – 8/7/ 2013
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Health issues, coupled with his off and on the field question marks had many wondering if Dez Bryant would become the star his talent suggested he should be. Over the course of his first two seasons in the league Bryant showed flashes of greatness and even proved to be a respectable touchdown target with nine in his second season.
To be fair to Bryant, it usually takes a receiver until their third season in the league to finally put it all together and that’s exactly what we saw from the Cowboys former first-round pick in 2012.
While Bryant’s production was up and down through the first half of last season, you could tell he was
2013 Kickers (K) NFL Fantasy Football Rankings – 8 / 7 / 2013
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While Akers was still recovering from groin surgery during OTAs, I’ve yet to hear anything negative about him during training camp. Groin problems for were a problem in the final years for Akers with the 49ers and the Eagles a few year before that.
When healthy, we know Akers can be an effective option as he put together many fantasy relevant season in Philadelphia and had one of the best season any kickers had in the history of the game in San Francisco back in 2011.
Still In A Fantasy Friendly Situation
In his later years before he
2013 10-Team Mock Draft Results: 14th Round
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A straight sweep of kickers in the 14th round and while I find it funny that every team went with the same position, I find it to be legit as it appeared every owner was still active in the mock draft throughout.
Overall I have no problem with the names who went off the board and I would recommend you look to the first five options that went of the board as the top kickers to target on draft day.
2013 10-Team Mock Draft Results – 1st RD |
2013 Kicker Rankings
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Kai Forbath received an opportunity with the Redskins in early October after the team decided to release Billy Cundiff after failing to convert o five of his eleven field-goal opportunities.
Forbath proved to be dependable as he showed Washington fans why he was a Lou Groza Award winner back at UCLA, converting 17 of his 18 field-goal opportunities from week six to week seventeen.
While the Redskins secondary project to struggle against respectable passing teams, as long as they have Robert Griffin under-center Forbath has a chance to be a productive fantasy kicker.
Look to Forbath as one of a
Stephen Gostkowski - Pats could add competition for GostkowskiThe New England Patriots could consider adding a young kicker this offseason to compete with PK Stephen Gostkowski during training camp.
Huddle Up: While annually benefiting points-wise from the high-scoring Pats' offense, Gostkowski never has been among the league's most-accurate kickers, and this past season, he finished 20th with his 82.9 percent (29-of-35) success rate. And, hey, a little training-camp competition never hurt anybody.
Patriots | Could add competition for Stephen GostkowskiThe New England Patriots could consider adding a young kicker this offseason to compete with PK Stephen Gostkowski during training camp.
Patriots | Two players finedNew England Patriots SS Steve Gregory and PK Stephen Gostkowski have each been fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness in the team's Divisional Round playoff game.
Submitted for your derision: Fantasy ranks for NFL playoff leagues
Perhaps the dumbest thing a fantasy manager can possibly do is publish player ranks on a mainstream sports site on the morning of a draft. Definitely not recommended. Poor strategy, requiring a special combination of stupidity and hubris. Far from ideal.
Nonetheless, I'm doing it today. My first fantasy playoff draft is coming up in just a few short hours, and I'm publishing ranks in advance. (Again: Unwise). Obviously I'd prefer to post this thing much later in the afternoon, after the draft, but my schedule is pretty jammed. I've blocked off eight-and-a-half hours to watch the Big Ten get mauled across five bowl games. The conference requires my full attention. So let's just rank the NFL playoff field right
Submitted for your derision: Fantasy ranks for 2013 playoff leagues
Perhaps the dumbest thing a fantasy manager can possibly do is publish up-to-date player ranks on a mainstream sports site on the morning of a draft. Not recommended. This requires a special combination of stupidity and hubris. Far from ideal.
Nonetheless, today you're getting my NFL playoff ranks just a few hours before my first postseason draft of 2013. I'd prefer to publish this thing much later in the afternoon, post-draft, but unfortunately my schedule is pretty jammed. I've blocked off most of the day to watch the Big Ten get mauled for eight-and-a-half hours, across five games. So let's just rank the field right now.
But first, a few details about league settings...
My upcoming draft is a
Stealing Points, Week 17: Sacks in San Diego
Because some of you are still fighting that good fantasy fight, here's another batch of Stealing Points, the placekicker and defense ranks. If you feel good about your methodology at these positions, terrific. Keep doing what you're doing. If you need someone to break a tie for you, here's why you might want me to be that guy. It's your team. It's up to you.
Generally speaking, I'd like my kickers and defenses to be from teams expected to win - the bigger the favorite, the better. Let's get game flow in our corner. Additionally, I'm not sure the Falcons or
Stealing Points, Week 16: Remember the Pack, forget the Titans
If you're still reading our 2012 fantasy football content, good for you. This means you're still playing games of consequence this season, and that's a good thing. (Or it means we're locked into some co-dependent relationship that's oddly functional. Okay, we can live with that, too.)
You want to fight for every last point in any fantasy game, and it's common for some sharp fantasy owners to play the one-week rental game with respect to defenses and kickers. These two positions always have good options floating around the waiver wire, in part because their week-to-week value is largely matchup-dependent. With that in mind, here is my 1.0 version of rankings at the rental spots in Week 16.
Disagree with what's here?
Week 16 – K Rankings
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In the midst of another year of disappointment in Oakland, fantasy owners caught a glimpse of what Sebastian Janikowski can be when the Raiders actually give him a steady dose of opportunities. Janikowski converted on five field goals scoring all fifteen of the Raiders points in the teams shutout victory over the Chiefs.
On the day Janikowski converted a long of 57-yards giving him his third week out of the past five weeks with a 50 plus conversion. The bad news is his big day came fresh off converting one field goal or fewer in five of his past six games.
Hopefully savvy fantasy owners were paying attention to the competition the Raiders were playing (not
Kickers and Defenses: Stealing points in Week 15
It's not uncommon to hear or read grousing about the kicker and defense positions in fantasy football. It's all luck, some say. It's too freaking random, someone might offer. Just flip a coin and get it over with, that's how many seem to view this part of the game. I've seen leagues that eliminate the kickers and defenses altogether.
Those lines of reasoning never made sense to me. In my view, ranking kickers and defenses is the easiest thing a fantasy football scribe does every week. More than any other position, the success of your kicker and defense is usually tied to the success of his club. (It's not quite that simple, but that's the best way to start - follow the heavy favorite.) And while some others
Week 15 – K Rankings
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With a rookie quarterback and an average at best receiving core, you know it was going to be a tough season for former Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter. However if you’re looking for a waiver wire option with top kickers like David Akers, Blair Walsh, Greg Zuerlein and Justin Tucker’s production falling off in the second half of the season, give Carpenter a look this week.
The Dolphins travel back home after a competitive game in San Francisco where Carpenter nailed a 53-yard field goal. As a life long 49ers fan, I can tell you it’s no easy feat for a kicker to convert from over 50-yards in that stadium, especially one that has probably never kicked their
Week 14 – K Rankings
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After converting just one field goal in his two previous games, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was successful on three of his four attempts against the Dolphins. While inconsistencies in attempts have been an issue for Gostkowski over the years, his problems are more to do with offensive drives producing touchdowns, as Gostkowski totaled 15 PAT’s in the previous two weeks.
Conversely, most kickers around the league struggle with consistency issues more because the team they play for is either bad or the offense fails the move the football, thus turning them into an undesired option for fantasy lineups.
Playing against the Texans and 49ers in the next
Week 13 – K Rankings
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It’s been an up and down roller coaster for Shayne Graham owners in recent weeks. While the Texans have put together back to back overtime victories in high-scoring games, their veteran kicker has missed three field goals in that time, and yet he’s also converted five.
Fantasy owners will take the five field goals, but it is his lack of consistency that forced the veteran to bounce around to four different teams (Giants, Patriots, Dolphins, Ravens) total through the two previous seasons after seven years in Cincinnati.
Through it all Graham’s situation still gives him a chance to tie or even break his career best of 31 field-goal conversions (has 20 thus
WK 12 – K Rankings
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As the Falcons enjoy one of their better seasons in franchise history, veteran kicker Matt Bryant is prospering with what looks to be a career year. Bryant has been one of the better kickers for fantasy football and his consistency from week to week makes him one of the more reliable options at his position.
Through ten games Bryant has converted 25 of his 28 opportunities, has at least 2 field goals in eight of those games and has posted three or more conversions in four of his past five games.
What we know up to this point in the season is that the Falcons are sure to stay close in every ball game going forward and that is a big reason for his consistency
Week 11 K Rankings
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We should have another defensive driven game between the Steelers and Ravens this week. After posting 55 points against the Raiders, Joe Flacco and the Ravens are flying high coming into this important contest. Of course, no one should expect the same results this week as Baltimore will face a Pittsburgh defense that has played like a top five unit in recent weeks.
No, expect the Ravens to lean on the kicking game a little more and that means Justin Tucker is set for a strong performance.
One of the emerging rookie kickers in the NFL, Tucker is 17 of 18 on the season with a long of 56 yards. Coach John Harbaugh won’t balk at long opportunities with a young
Week 10 – K Rankings
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Last week was a big test for Blair Walsh’s fantasy value as the Vikings traveled to Seattle. While Christian Ponder continued to struggle, the Vikings offense continued to move the football because of Adrian Peterson’s outstanding play. Walsh converted both of his field-goal opportunities and yet again blasted another attempt over 50 yards, this one from 55-yards out.
Through eight games, Walsh has at least a 49-yard field goal in six of those contests and in five games he has one over 50 yards. As was the case this past week, Walsh has proven he can remain accurate during road games as he’s converted 19 of the 20 opportunities he’s had this
Shuffle Up and Redraft: Starting over with 220 picks
In the world of spies, they mock what they don't understand. In the world of fantasy, we want to understand, so we mock.
Truth be told, this 220-pick exercise wasn't really a mock — it's a real thing. I assembled 10 of my flatliner roto friends (industry and non-industry folks included) and we're all standing behind our teams. While we won't do any maintenance to the rosters we drafted Tuesday night, we are keeping score and we are playing for a financial stake. If you can't go full out, why go at all?
We'll use best-ball scoring to determine the winners; everyone will have their best theoretical score assigned to them after each go-round. It's a total-points grab, there are no head-to-head games. We're using the
Week 8 K Rankings
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Those fantasy owners who picked up Nick Novak a few weeks back can breathe a sigh of relief as usual starter Nate Kaeding has been placed on injured reserve. For the second season in a row, Kaeding has had a lower leg issue that has cost him a majority of the season and Novak has been there to fill in.
The Chargers have had some wild games of late but look for Novak to remain as one of the safer K1 plays weekly. San Diego may turn the football over and give away a few games, but Novak will continue to receive two or more
Patriots | Stephen Gostkowski clutch in Week 7New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski kicked the game-tying 43-yard field goal to force overtime in Week 7 against the New York Jets, and then he knocked through the game-winner in OT from 48 yards out. 'Steve came through big. He hit some big kicks and he kicked off well. Yup, did a good job,' head coach Bill Belichick said.
Week 7 – K Rankings
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It’s been a good year for rookie kickers and Vikings Blair Walsh is one of them. It didn’t appear we should expect much from Walsh coming into the season as Minnesota was projected to be one of the worst teams in football.
Outside of last weeks meltdown the Vikings defense has played well and with Adrian Peterson coming back faster than many thought after his injury last winter, Walsh has turned out to be in a terrific situation.
Despite the loss in Washington, Walsh converted on all four of his field-goal attempts giving him 16 conversions on the young season and only one miss. A long of 55-yards tells us the kid has a strong leg and kicking in a dome
Week 6 K Rankings
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In recent weeks fantasy owners with Stephan Gostkowski have relied more on PAT’s than field goals to get points on the board. This week should be different as the Patriots head out to Seattle and play against a tough defense.
Seattle won’t be a threat to post more than 20 points in the game, and we should expect New England to win time of possession. Still early October, we should have good weather out in Seattle so Gostkowski shouldn’t be held back from opportunities past 45 yards.
What Did We Learn From Week Five?
- Once again the Broncos fell behind early on the road against a playoff caliber team. Expect this week to be closer as
Mostly NFL Notes: Week 4 Recap
What a dominant performance by the 49ers, holding the Jets to just 2.9 yards per play on defense while rushing for 245 yards on offense (the most the Jets have allowed since Rex Ryan took over). Tim Tebow completed his first pass attempt of the season for nine yards (resulting in his vulnerable receiver getting blown up and losing a fumble), but it was Colin Kaepernick who continues to be the bigger threat when entering the game, although his deep ball to a triple-teamed Randy Moss wasn't the best decision. As a runner, he looks like a problem for defensive coordinators moving forward. And how nice was he sliding down before a sure touchdown at the end of the game?…Michael Crabtree is San Francisco's most reliable wide
Week 5 K Rankings
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The Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein had a terrific preseason but the question was, could the Rams play competitive football to make Zuerlein a starter in fantasy leagues? Through four games the answer is yes, as the Rams look more like the team that competed for a division title in 2010 then there abysmal performance last year.
Their success and Head Coach Jeff Fisher’s trust to use Zuerlein any chance he gets (even up to 60 yards), has made the youngster one of the top fantasy options at his position. One of the better big legs in the game Zuerlein is proving he has the accuracy to be trusted as well. Look to Zuerlein as one of the elites at his position as long as
Week 4 K Rankings
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The Patriots have their problems on offense, and that means we should expect Stephen Gostkowski to continue with his three plus field-goal attempts per game. Leg strength hasn’t been a problem as Gostkowski has already matched his career long of 53-yards this season.
What Did We Learn From Week Three?
- Perhaps all is not lost for Rob Bironas as the Titans bounced back in a big way at home. Bironas had three field goals on the day, but it could’ve been better than that as he missed on two other opportunities. Don’t expect that to be the norm as Bironas has proven over the years, missing no more than three attempts in each of the past two
Mostly NFL Notes: Week 2 Recap
What an impressive performance by Reggie Bush, highlighted by his terrific 23-yard touchdown run when he broke multiple tackles. After averaging 3.98 YPC while with New Orleans, Bush has averaged 5.18 since joining Miami. He's also been much more involved as a receiver so far this year compared to last, so his fantasy value continues to climb…I'm beginning to think Denarius Moore might be injury prone…According to Pro Football Focus, Darren McFadden has been the worst running back in the league over the first two weeks of the season by a wide margin. He's getting an anemic 1.3 YPC after contact while also grading out poorly as a receiver and blocker. In such an unpredictable sport, it would be fitting if McFadden played in
Week 3 K Rankings
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If you don’t know the name Justin Tucker, you will soon. Tucker beat-out Billy Cundiff to start for the Ravens and looked good against the Bengals flashing a strong leg and accuracy. Then his week two performance made him a top five fantasy kicker as he went off for three field goals from distances of 56, 51 and 48 yards.
Tuckers situation is attractive for fantasy leagues, but what impresses me most is John Harbaugh’s willingness to use him at will. A former special-teams coach, Harbaugh must really love his young kicker to display so much trust at this point in his career, and we should view Tucker as a top five fantasy option at his position going
Patriots | Stephen Gostkowski usually clutchNew England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski had made 38 straight fourth-quarter, regular-season field goals prior to missing a potential game-winning kick in Week 2.
Week 2 ObservationsEven though Stephen Gostkowski's shanked field goal knocked me out of all five of my survivor pools, it didn't affect me the way it would have were it not preceded by an unbelievably bad fumble by Ryan Williams that made the attempt even possible. Once you've already accepted your fate, you no longer dread it in the same way. And even the possibility that I would survive the New England pick cheered me up to the point that the eventual loss didn't especially bother me. It also helped that the Giants had just had their own dramatic comeback and unlike the Patriots saw it through.
Patriots | Stephen Gostkowski misses GW FGNew England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski had four field goals (46, 34, 51, 53) in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. However, he misfired badly on the game-winning field goal at the end of regulation from 42 yards out to give the Cardinals the huge upset. 'I felt good going out there and it wasn't the smoothest hit, and I looked up and I saw it was left, and you know, sometimes the ball just doesn't fly your way,' Gostkowski said.
Sunday Scene, Week 2: That’s more like it, Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson had a rough NFL debut against Philadelphia last Sunday (19 carries, 39 yards), prompting many of us to question what his fantasy ceiling could possibly be in Cleveland. Richardson was without question the premier back in the 2012 draft class, but he's now tied to a not-so-star-studded offense and a sketchy rookie quarterback (Brandon Weeden). It's not the best possible fantasy setup.
Richardson faced Cincinnati on Sunday, and the Bengals didn't seem unusually concerned with him. These were a few of linebacker Rey Maualuga's mid-week comments:
"[Richardson] can run you
Week 2 K Rankings
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Maybe the Ravens didn’t like what Billy Cundiff brought to the table, but Washington has to feel good about having him after he went four for four against the Saints. Cundiff doesn’t have one of the stronger legs in the game, but we should feel good about his chances for quality production, if the Redskins remain competitive in most football games.
Look to Cundiff as a solid starter this week as the Redskins play the Rams, a team they destroyed last season.
Sean’s Watch List For Week 2
- Rob Bironas and Alex Henery have the talent to be weekly starting options in fantasy leagues. However, there are problems for both kickers if