Fantasy Football 2013 Kicker Rankings: Week 12

Garrett Hartley shook off his recent misfires and hit all three of his field goals, including the game winner, last week against San Francisco

Seattle’s Steven Hauschka, the top scorer at his position, is on bye so it’s only fitting that Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 kicker rankings is headlined by two who will share the same field on Sunday night. New England’s Stephen Gostkowski may trail Hauschka in fantasy points, but he’s No. 1 in this week’s rankings with Denver’s Matt Prater right behind him. The Patriots host the Broncos Sunday night and expect both kickers to play a role in determining the winner of this matchup of AFC division leaders.

New Orleans also is in first place in its division (NFC South), and the Saints have an opportunity to extend that lead Thursday night against Atlanta. After a few rocky outings, Garrett Hartley has seemingly righted the ship, which makes the Saints offense that much more dangerous. Hartley entered last week’s big game against San Francisco connecting on just two of his past six field goal attempts. It got so bad that the team actually brought in some kickers to try out, although the decision was made to stick with Hartley.

Hartley rewarded the coaching staff’s loyalty by knocking through all three of his attempts against the 49ers, including a long of 42 yards that tied the game at 20 with a little more than two minutes left. The most important one, however, was the 31-yarder he made as time expired to give the Saints a hard-fought 23-20 victory over the defending NFC champions. Hartley is a clear-cut, top-10 option this week against a Falcons defense that’s allowing the most fantasy points to kickers.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers
Teams on bye this week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Rk Player Team OPPONENT
1 Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. DEN
2 Matt Prater DEN at NE
3 Dan Bailey DAL at NYG
4 Nick Folk NYJ at BAL
5 Justin Tucker BAL vs. NYJ
6 Garrett Hartley NO at ATL (Thurs.)
7 Adam Vinatieri IND at ARI
8 Mason Crosby GB vs. MIN
9 Robbie Gould CHI at STL
10 Ryan Succop KC vs. SD
11 Shaun Suisham PIT at CLE
12 Nick Novak SD at KC
13 Phil Dawson SF at WAS (Mon.)
14 Josh Brown NYG vs. DAL
15 Graham Gano CAR at MIA
16 Blair Walsh MIN at GB

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 Week 12 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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