To the victor goes the spoils, which is why Matt Prater leads off Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 15 kicker rankings. Stephen Gostkowski may lead in fantasy points, but no kicker had a bigger game last week than Prater. Of course the highlight was setting a new NFL record with a ridiculous 64-yard boot, and that was just one of three field goals he made in the win over Tennessee. Those along with the six PATs resulted in 17 glorious fantasy points (Athlon scoring) for Prater's owners. It may have been even more in those leagues that increase the points based on kick distance. After all, they don't get any longer than 64 yards.
For the season, Prater is tied with Gostkowski for most field goals made from 50 yards and out with five. Prater's 65 PATs are 25 more than the next guy on the list and he should be good for at least a few more on Thursday night against San Diego. Who knows, maybe the Chargers' Nick Novak can take advantage of the thin air in the Mile High City and boot a long one of his own. If you are looking for another record, however, don't get your hopes up. Novak's career best is 53 yards and that came in 2011.
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 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers
vs. SD (Thurs.)
at DET (Mon.)
vs. DEN (Thurs.)
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 15 Positional Rankings