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Fantasy Football 2013: Kicker Rankings

Author:
Stephen Gostkowski

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

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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