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


1Stephen GostkowskiNE10
2Blair WalshMIN5
3Matt BryantATL6
4Phil DawsonSF9
5Justin TuckerBAL8
6Matt PraterDEN9
7Randy BullockHOU8
8Josh BrownNYG9
9Dan BaileyDAL11
10Greg ZuerleinSTL11
11Sebastian JanikowskiOAK7
12David AkersDET9
13Garrett HartleyNO7
14Steven HauschkaSEA12
15Robbie GouldCHI8
16Mike NugentCIN12
17Mason CrosbyGB4
18Adam VinatieriIND8
19Alex HeneryPHI12
20Shaun SuishamPIT5
21Rob BironasTEN8
22Rian LindellTB5
23Ryan SuccopKC10
24Kai ForbathWAS5
25Shayne GrahamCLE10
26Graham GanoCAR4
27Nick NovakSD8
28Jay FeelyARI9
29Caleb SturgisMIA6
30Dustin HopkinsBUF12
31Josh ScobeeJAC9
32Nick FolkNYJ10

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

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