Fantasy Football 2013: Kicker Rankings

New England's Stephen Gostkowski figures to be a popular draft choice once again this season

Kickers may be the least liked position in fantasy football, but unless your league doesn't use one, you need one to fill out your starting lineup. New England's Stephen Gostkowski tops Athlon Sports' final preseason kicker rankings, but there's always a kicker or two who comes out of nowhere each season, like Minnesota's Blair Walsh did in 2012.

Could that breakout kicker in 2013 be another rookie? Caleb Sturgis and Dustin Hopkins beat out established veterans to seize the kicking jobs in Miami and Buffalo, respectively, but there's a reason they start out near the bottom of our rankings. A better breakout candidate for this season could be Houston's Randy Bullock. He was expected to be the Texans' kicker after being a fifth-round pick in 2012, but he suffered a groin injury early in training camp, which caused him to miss the entire season. He's healthy now and should get plenty of opportunities to finish off scoring drives and kick field goals for a team that is expected to contend for the AFC title.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Kicker Rankings
Updated Aug. 27

 

Rk Player Team Bye
1 Stephen Gostkowski NE 10
2 Blair Walsh MIN 5
3 Matt Bryant ATL 6
4 Phil Dawson SF 9
5 Justin Tucker BAL 8
6 Matt Prater DEN 9
7 Randy Bullock HOU 8
8 Josh Brown NYG 9
9 Dan Bailey DAL 11
10 Greg Zuerlein STL 11
11 Sebastian Janikowski OAK 7
12 David Akers DET 9
13 Garrett Hartley NO 7
14 Steven Hauschka SEA 12
15 Robbie Gould CHI 8
16 Mike Nugent CIN 12
17 Mason Crosby GB 4
18 Adam Vinatieri IND 8
19 Alex Henery PHI 12
20 Shaun Suisham PIT 5
21 Rob Bironas TEN 8
22 Rian Lindell TB 5
23 Ryan Succop KC 10
24 Kai Forbath WAS 5
25 Shayne Graham CLE 10
26 Graham Gano CAR 4
27 Nick Novak SD 8
28 Jay Feely ARI 9
29 Caleb Sturgis MIA 6
30 Dustin Hopkins BUF 12
31 Josh Scobee JAC 9
32 Nick Folk NYJ 10

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

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