Fantasy Football 2012 - Kicker Rankings Week 12

Thearon W. Henderson

Which kickers can you trust as you make the push for the playoffs? Read here and find out!

Week 12 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))

10.4/game

Matt Bryant (ATL

10.2/game

Blair Walsh (MIN)

9.0/game

Shayne Graham (HOU)

8.7/game

Justin Tucker (BAL)

8.5/game

Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)

8.4/game

Jason Hanson (DET)

8.4/game

Shaun Suisham (PIT)

8.3/game

Robbie Gould (CHI)

8.1/game


You'll notice that "everyone's" #1 kicker in the preseason (David Akers) isn't even in the Top 10 (he rose to 12th 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 (10.1)

(2) OAK Raiders (10.0)

(3) TEN Titans (9.9)

(4) JAC Jags (9.7)

(5) KC Chiefs (9.2)

The bye weeks are finished, so please drop any benched kickers.

Here are our Sweet Sixteen rankings:

Rank

Player (TEAM)

1

Stephen Gostkowski (NE)

2

Lawrence Tynes (NYG)

3

Matt Prater (DEN)

4

Shayne Graham (HOU)

5

Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)

6

Matt Bryant (ATL)

7

David Akers (SF)

8

Dan Bailey (DAL)

9

Mason Crosby (GB)

10

Jason Hanson (DET)

11

Justin Tucker (BAL)

12

Shaun Suisham (PIT)

13

Rob Bironas (TEN)

14

Connor Barth (TB)

15

Adam Vinatieri (IND)

16

Blair Walsh (MIN)

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