Fantasy Football 2012: Kicker Rankings - Week 11

Kevin C. Cox

Who will kick you into the playoffs? Find out here!

Week 11 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)

10.9/game

Stephen Gostkowski (NE))

10.3/game

Matt Bryant (ATL

10.1/game

Blair Walsh (MIN)

9.0/game

Robbie Gould (CHI)

8.9/game

Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)

8.8/game

Shaun Suisham (PIT)

8.8/game

Justin Tucker (BAL)

8.7/game

Jason Hanson (DET)

8.4/game

Shayne Graham (HOU)

8.2/game


You'll notice that "everyone's" #1 kicker in the preseason (David Akers) isn't even in the Top 10 (he fell to 16th 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 (10.4)

(2) OAK Raiders (10.2)

(3) TEN Titans (9.9)

(4) KC Chiefs (9.8)

(5) BAL Ravens (9.6)

The bye weeks continue in Week 11 so be sure to bench the kickers from these four bye week teams:MIN Vikings, NY Giants, SEA Seahawks and the TEN Titans.

Here are our Sweet Sixteen rankings:

Rank

Player (TEAM)

1

Stephen Gostkowski (NE)

2

Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)

3

Mason Crosby (GB)

4

Matt Bryant (ATL)

5

Shayne Graham (HOU)

6

Matt Prater (DEN)

7

Jason Hanson (DET)

8

Mike Nugent (CIN)

9

Greg Zuerlein (STL)

10

Dan Bailey (DAL)

11

Connor Barth (TB)

12

David Akers (SF)

13

Justin Tucker (BAL)

14

Adam Vinatieri (IND)

15

Garrett Hartley (NO)

16

Shaun Suisham (PIT)

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