Charch's Week 2 Kicker Rankings


Greg Zuerlein went 4-4 on FGA in both of his matchups versus the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. Arizona gave up 1.8 FGA per contest in 2017, but that was clearly not the case when facing the Rams. Last week, Zuerlein attempted five field goals, and the Rams offense remains one of the league's best units. With how putrid Arizona looks defensively, Zuerlein is the head honcho for kickers once again. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)
Charch's Rating: 10/10


Justin Tucker comes off a strong opening day (2 FGM, 5 XPM) and faces one of the kicker-friendliest defenses in the league. Cincy gave up 2.5 FGA per game last season, tied for 31st. This trend continued as the Bengals surrendered four FGA to the Indianapolis Colts last week. Tucker has averaged 2.4 FGA and 1.8 XPA in his 12 career games against Cincy. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10


Yeah he missed a game winner last week, but who cares, he's got the Chiefs at home. Points incoming! -btxj -


Kickers for the New Orleans Saints are tough to gauge given their aggressive play calling and canniness to find the end zone at will. Will Lutz is no different to this, finishing 11th in 2017 in field goals made (31-36). The Cleveland Browns did not allow a field goal last week and were top-10 in FGA in 2017. This matchup looks strong for Lutz given the team names, but Cleveland's defense finished dead last in red zone touchdown percentage in 2017. The Saints should light up the scoreboard, which hopefully gives Lutz chances to up his point total with extra points. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


The kicker of the Los Angeles Chargers remains one the cursed position in the NFL landscape, but Caleb Sturgis went 2-3 on FGA in his Chargers debut last week, missing a rushed kick in the final seconds. His opponent, the Buffalo Bills, surrendered 2.1 FGA per game last season, and were middle of the road in red zone touchdown percentage. Buffalo looked every bit like the worst team in the NFL last week, and the Chargers will have little trouble moving the ball. Yet, the Chargers only converted 46.81 percent of their red zone drives into touchdowns in 2017. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)

Harrison Butker led the NFL in field goals made and attempted (41-45) in 2017, and finds himself in a more explosive offense. Butker will remain a prime kicking option throughout the season, but this matchup in Pittsburgh is difficult. The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed 1.5 field goals per game in 2017, including a league low 1.1 at home. This stinginess continued last week with Pittsburgh allowing a single field goal attempt. Butker went 2-2 in last year's matchup between these teams in KC, which would be solid return given Pittsburgh's numbers against kickers. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


From the second-oldest player to the NFL's elder statesman. 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri still has the gusto in his golden right leg (3-4 FGA last week) even has he enters his 23rd season. Vinatieri gets the Redskins this week, who surrendered a league-high 2.6 FGA per game in 2017. Washington's defense ranked 12th in 2017 in red zone touchdowns allowed as well. His leg remains strong (buried a 51-yarder last week) and the matchup sets up Vinatieri for another productive day. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


This one's simple: 43-year-old Matt Bryant enjoys kicking against the Carolina Panthers. Bryant is 7-7 on FGA in this exact matchup the last two seasons. Carolina was middle of the road in FGA allowed in 2017, averaging 2.1 FGA per game. The Falcons red zone struggles are no secret these days, and things won't get easier versus a Panthers defense that finished 14th in red zone TD percentage in 2017. Regardless, playing a kicker with a strong leg, indoors for a team that has no problem moving the ball is always a smart decision, especially with his positive track record against Carolina. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


Leaning on kickers playing in Denver is always smart with the Mile High boost, and facing a kicker friendly defense only helps. Brandon McManus has attempted 11 field goals in his last three home games against the Oakland Raiders. Case Keenum, the new Denver Broncos QB, led a Minnesota Vikings offense that finished 8th in FGA in 2017, so expect McManus to be busier than years past. The Raiders allowed 2.5 FGA per game in 2017 (t-31st), and another five FGA last week. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


The most reliable kicker of the bunch is another "older" player in Robbie Gould. The San Francisco 49ers placekicker is perfect on his 25 FGA since Week 8 of 2017. The Detroit Lions gave up 1.8 FGA per game in 2017, but that number will uptick under Matt Patricia's bend but don't break defense philosophy. Regardless, Gould has plenty of success against Detroit from his Chicago Bears days (2.4 FGA per game in 12 matchups). Also, Gould is 21-21 on FGA in the six games Jimmy Garoppolo has started for San Fran. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


Daniel Carlson won the starting job in training camp and lands himself a solid divisional matchup this week. The Packers gave up 2.1 FGA per game in 2017 and continued this trend last week by surrendering three FGA. The Vikings tied for the 8th-most FGA last season with their offensive arsenal all intact with a Kirk Cousins under center this season. Minnesota went 3-3 on FGA in both games vs. Green Bay in 2017. The rookie showed poise in his lone FGA last week, nailing a 48-yard kick. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)

Sometimes the matchup is tough to reconcile with, and the Jacksonville defense is usually one to look elsewhere for fantasy purposes. Kickers haven't boded well against them either as they surrendered a league-low 1.4 FGA per game in 2017. Stephen Gostkowski being at this slot is more of a bet on the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Gostkowski attempted one field goal in their AFC Championship game matchup last season. It's tough to drop him in season-long leagues, but avoid Gostkowski in DFS despite his career success and the Jags giving up three FGA last week. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


Ka'imi Fairbairn attempted three and four fields goals respectively in his two games against the Titans last season. Tennessee has a new coaching staff with Mike Vrabel in charge, but that didn't stop their woeful track record against kickers last week. The Titans gave up two field goals last week, staying true to their 29th ranked, 2.4 FGA per game defense of 2017. Fairbairn is 13-13 in the seven games DeShaun Watson has started for the Houston Texans - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)


The Chicago Bears kicking game in 2017 was atrocious (16-22 on FGA), but under a new offensive staff these numbers will improve. Offenses that new head coach Matt Nagy worked on have finished no lower than seventh in field goals made over the last three seasons. Cody Parkey was perfect on his three field goal attempts last week. It also helps they're facing a kicker friendly Seattle Seahawks team. Seattle gave up 2.2 FGA per game in 2017, good enough for 22nd in the NFL. An improved offense meets a floundering defense opening a bright spot for Parkey. - Mike Dugger (@dugger_fern)