Matt Prater is still No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 16 kicker rankings, but there's no doubt who the most polarizing kicker is. After booting six field goals on Monday night, including the eventual game-winner from 61 yards out, Baltimore's Justin Tucker is either the most loved kicker right now or the most despised, depending on whether his exploits were the difference between a thrilling victory or a shocking defeat for your team.
No matter how your league assigns points for field goals, Tucker's six makes against the Lions produced quite a few. And his stat line looked even better in those leagues that give bonus points for distance. Besides the 61-yarder, Tucker also connected on one from 53. However, Tucker wasn't even the most productive kicker in Week 15, at least not by Athlon's scoring standards.
That distinction belongs to Dallas' Dan Bailey, who made five field goals, including two longer than 50 yards, and three PATs in the Cowboys' stunning loss to the Packers. Even though Tucker made one more field goal, the three PATs by Bailey were enough to edge him in fantasy points, 24 to 23. Again, this is based on Athlon's scoring and it does nothing to ease the pain of those who lost their game, as well as a potential title shot, because of the foot of Tucker, or Bailey for that matter.
2013 NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers
vs. ATL (Mon.)
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 16 Positional Rankings