Fantasy Football 2012: Kicker Rankings Week 9

Chris Trotman

Which kicker can you count on as you make the push to the playoffs? Read here and find out.

Week 9 is here and it's time again to rank the kickers. I am a believer that past performance is a good indicator of future success with kickers. So, here is the list of the top ten kickers YTD, as ranked by fantasy points per game:

Kicker (TEAM)

Fantasy Points per Game

Lawrence Tynes (NYG)

11.8/game

Stephen Gostkowski (NE)

10.0/game

Matt Bryant (ATL)

9.9/game

Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)

9.3/game

Shayne Graham (HOU)

9.1/game

Shaun Suisham (PIT)

9.0/game

Jason Hanson (DET)

9.0/game

Justin Tucker (BAL)

8.6/game

Blair Walsh (MIN)

8.5/game

Robbie Gould (CHI)

8.4/game

You'll notice that "everyone's" #1 kicker in the preseason (David Akers) isn't even in the Top 10 (he's 14th this week). So, once again, please people, stop drafting kickers before your last pick.

Fantasy Points Against is a measure of the average number of fantasy points allowed by an opposing team, year-to-date. Although, I think this stat is most important for running backs and quarterbacks, the ranking of the kicker data may show us which defenses are most susceptible to kicker scoring. Those "bend but don't break" squads that give up a lot of FG's. These five teams are allowing the most fantasy points to kickers:

(1) CAR Panthers (11.0)

(2) OAK Raiders (10.4)

(3) KC Chiefs (10.1)

(4) PHI Eagles (10.1)

(5) TEN Titans (10.1)

The bye weeks continue in Week 9, so be sure to bench the kickers from these four bye week teams: NE Patriots, NY Jets, SF 49ers and STL Rams.

Here are our Sweet Sixteen rankings:

Rank

Player (TEAM)

1

Matt Bryant (ATL)

2

Jason Hanson (DET)

3

Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)

4

Robbie Gould (CHI)

5

Matt Prater (DEN)

6

Shayne Graham (HOU)

7

Lawrence Tynes (NYG)

8

Garrett Hartley (NO)

9

Mason Crosby (GB)

10

Nick Novak (SD)

11

Kai Forbath (WAS)

12

Justin Tucker (BAL)

13

Alex Henery (PHI)

14

Mike Nugent (CIN)

15

Dan Bailey (DAL)

16

Shaun Suisham (PIT)


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